The untold truth of Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian is a reality star turned modern Renaissance woman. Once regarded as a secondary celebrity — simply famous for being famous — the wife, mother of four, model, mogul, and fashion trend influencer has proven that you can rise to the top with hard work and perseverance. And while it might be hard for her critics to see past the terrible things Kardashian has reportedly done, it's clear her business acumen has made her a success story. 

With a huge (and lucrative) social media presence, a few wildly successful brands and companies, and reality shows under her designer belt, Kardashian is said to be worth a cool $370+ million, according to Forbes. Still, she is not content to rest on her laurels. In fact, Kardashian has even added law apprentice and social advocate to her resume (via Entertainment Tonight). 

Indeed, Kardashian might have a reputation for being the ultimate influencer, born into an affluent family of fame seekers, but she has come into her own and shown the world what she is made really made of. There is so much more to this mega-famous celebrity than what meets the eye. Here's a look at the untold truth of Kim Kardashian.

As a teen, Kim Kardashian attended a strict all-girls' Catholic school

Kim Kardashian might not be shy about showing off her best assets; but, growing up, the reality star got into trouble for wearing too-short skirts to school every day. 

According to Vogue, Kardashian attended an all-girls' Catholic high school in Los Angeles. She may have skirted some of the rules (pun intended), but one rule she absolutely had to follow was the school's makeup-free policy. Still, despite the inconvenient no-primping precept, Kardashian really enjoyed her educational environment. "I just genuinely loved it. I had an amazing Catholic school experience. It's very strict, very punctual, and I like that—it's how I've lived my life," she told the magazine. 

What's more, while her famous family might not openly publicize their more spiritual side, Kardashian said that they are, indeed, "very religious." In fact, they begin their mornings with a Bible verse text-chain. "We are very Christian—and our work ethic and our discipline comes from so many years at Catholic school," the star told Vogue.

Kim Kardashian celebrated her 14th birthday at Neverland Ranch

Kim Kardashian has a surprising connection to the late musician, Michael Jackson. 

In the '90s, most tweens and teens celebrated their birthdays at a rollerskating rink or in their own backyards. However, Kardashian wasn't like most tweens and teens. Instead of a roller rink, the daughter of Robert Kardashian and Kris Jenner marked her 14th birthday in true over-the-top Kardashian style at Michael Jackson's famous Neverland Ranch. "That was the most magical place on earth," Kardashian later revealed to People. She continued, setting the incredible scene and elaborating, "When you drove up, there were baby elephants and chimpanzees in overalls, and there was all the rides. It was everything you can possibly imagine." Added Kardashian, "The memories I have from that place will last for the rest of my life." 

At the time, Kardashian was dating T.J. Jackson — one of Michael Jackson's nephews, according to People. However, the singer — who had a tragic real life story — was not present for the party. Instead, Kardashian celebrated her big day with a few friends, telling People, "It was something I'll never forget." 

Kim Kardashian got her start as a closet organizer to the stars

Before Kim Kardashian became a super celebrity in her own right, she worked for other famous people whose names you'll definitely recognize. According to a video clip featuring an interview with Kardashian before she became perhaps the most famous reality TV star in modern history, she once worked as a professional closet organizer for stars like Paris Hilton, Cindy Crawford, and Rob Lowe.

Apparently, Kardashian is still majorly obsessed with organization. In April 2019, the star told W Magazine that her retired clothes — including her former Met Gala gowns — are all in a temperature-regulated storage facility. "Each thing is in a garment bag with a photo of me at the event," she explained to the magazine. 

When it comes to her present wardrobe, there's a method to Kardashian's madness. "I want my closet to look not so full ... So I have a process of editing," the star revealed to W Magazine. She continued, explaining, "I have this app that has everything photographed and everything has a number. As we take things out, I log it out or log it back in."

Kim Kardashian rarely drinks alcohol

Kim Kardashian looks unrecognizable in throwback photos today — and she also acts much differently than she did in the past. While she may have projected a certain wild-child appearance years ago, it seems the reality star is a far cry from the big-time party girl she was once. As a source close to Kardashian confirmed to People, while "she may have a glass of champagne on a holiday or for someone's birthday," it's a very infrequent event.

In an interview with the Australian morning show Sunrise, Kardashian boasted about her rather tame existence, revealing, "I go to bed when the kids go to bed. She continued,  saying, "I don't drink, I don't stay out late at night." 

An early bedtime isn't the only impressive part of Kardashian's schedule. As the star revealed to Sunrise, she is incredibly disciplined and loyal to her daily routine"I know every day I wake up at a specific time and I have my schedule set in stone and I really don't like to veer off of that, because it's so planned," Kardashian revealed on Sunrise. She continued, saying, "With four kids, you just have to be so organized."

Kim Kardashian reads all her own contracts

Kim Kardashian surprised fans and critics alike when she announced in a May 2019 interview with Vogue that she planned to study law and take the bar exam. 

In a February 2020 interview with Good Morning America, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star gave an update on her progress, explaining that she carves out time to study in the afternoon and evening hours despite an already jam-packed schedule. " I just finished year one," Kardashian revealed. She continued, saying, "I'm about to take the baby bar in a few months, which is a necessity in order to continue on for the next three years in California, so it feels good having finished year one. It's very hard."

Unsurprisingly, learning more about law has inspired Kardashian to have more of a hand in her businesses. "I read over every contract now. It's what I'm studying, and it makes a lot of sense now to me," the star revealed to Good Morning America. Added Kardashian, "Had I gone to school, you know, years ago when I should have, it wouldn't have meant as much as it does to me [now]."

Kim Kardashian has a weakness for these foods

Kim Kardashian has an enviable figure, so it should come as no surprise that the star works hard to keep herself in shape and keeps track of what she eats in a day. As Kardashian revealed in a tweet, she maintains a "mostly plant-based" diet (via People). However, the star has made it clear that she's not above the occasional cheat.

Kardashian has called out Cheetos and Doritos as two of her all-time favorite snack foods, as noted by People. And in an interview with Harper's Bazaar, the reality star revealed that Justin's peanut butter packs will usually do the trick when she's in the mood for a sweet treat. However, Kardashian's most decadent dessert splurge is definitely ice cream. "Haagen-Dazs is my biggest indulgence — their Dulce de Leche flavor is my favorite thing in life," she told Harper's Bazaar.

Additionally, Kardashian and her husband, Kanye West, are not above a visit (or two) to a chain restaurant. On a 2019 trip to Dayton, Ohio, the Kardashian-West clan went to the Cheesecake Factory two nights in a row, according to People. Their dessert of choice? Fresh strawberry cheesecake. Who's hungry?

This is how long it takes Kim Kardashian to get ready

Kim Kardashian has her beauty routine down to a science. 

If you regularly watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians, you know the Kardashian sisters regularly get their hair and makeup professionally done. And while being pampered is certainly a luxury, it can be quite a time-consuming process. Fortunately, Kardashian is a beauty mogul who knows how to do her makeup and hair like a pro — and in a pinch!

As the reality star revealed to Harper's Bazaar in 2015, her morning primping session usually takes an hour and a half. However, if she's in a big rush or has an early appointment, Kardashian uses time-saving beauty hacks. "We do whatever we have time for," the KKW Beauty founder revealed. She continued, saying, "It takes me about 15 minutes to do my own makeup, and if I have my hair done from the day before, I can get ready quickly on my own." Added the star, "I don't wash my hair a whole lot — [I only wash it] every three or four days. When I get it done and blow-dried, that lasts for a while." 

Kim Kardashian has been claiming that she can smell cavities for years

Kim Kardashian might have decided to study law; however, perhaps the star should have considered studying dentistry!

In a somewhat impressive and strangely disturbing tweet from 2009, Kardashian claimed she sniff out a cavity, writing, "I have a really odd talent. I can smell when someone has cavaties [sic]!" She continued, tweeting, "They don't even have [to] be super close by me." Years later, Kardashian mentioned her stranger superpower again during an interview with Harper's Bazaar. When asked about her "hidden talent" she boasted, "I can smell when someone has a cavity. It's a very specific smell — not a bad-breath smell — but something that is really strong."

Clearly, she has a thing for oral hygiene. Kardashian keeps her own pearly whites shiny and bright with the help of her trusty $220 Philips Sonicare DiamondClean electric toothbrush, according to People. And as Kardashian once shared on her website, she wears a hidden permanent retainer on her teeth (via Elle).

Kim Kardashian is passionate about prison reform

In 2018, Kim Kardashian launched a passion project — and it had nothing to do with hair, makeup, or fashion. 

Kardashian met with President Donald Trump in May 2018 and successfully advocated for the release of Alice Johnson, a woman who had already spent 22 years of a life sentence in jail for a non-violent drug-related crime, as reported by the New York Post. Trump ultimately commuted Johnson's sentence, in part thanks to Kardashian and her team's effort. Since then, Kardashian has connected with other unfairly sentenced first-time offenders and worked for reform on their behalf (via Rolling Stone). And her early success working towards social justice has further fueled her desire to do more on a broader level. "It's time for REAL systemic change," she wrote in a September 2018 tweet.

Kardashian also produced and starred in an Oxygen network documentary about prison reform that premiered in April 2020. Titled Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project, the documentary profiled several prisoners and brought even more light to a topic the star has become extremely vocal about.

Kim Kardashian has actually been married three times

Kim Kardashian is a happily married woman with four young kids. However, before she tied the knot and had babies with rapper Kanye West, the reality star made headlines for her other relationships — one of which was notably short-lived. 

As most pop culture fans likely remember, the most famous of Kardashian's failed marriages was her brief union with (and subsequent separation from) basketball player Kris Humphries. The couple got married on August 20, 2011, and Kardashian infamously filed for divorce just 72 days after their wedding (via People).

What fans may not realize is that Kardashian had actually been married before she and Humphries became the butt every late night joke for their super short marriage. As noted by USA Today, the reality star married music producer Damon Thomas in 2000 when she was only 19 years old; however, the two were divorced in 2004. Years later, she admitted while taping an episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians that she was high on ecstasy during her wedding to Thomas (via USA Today).

Kim Kardashian sent fake pictures of North West to friends to see if they'd sell her out

Kim Kardashian has a clever trick for discovering who her friends are.

Everyone knows the old saying, "If you want to weed out bad friends, send them fake pictures of your newly born baby and see if anyone tries to sell them to a tabloid." Okay, that's not actually a thing people say; however, according to TMZ, that's exactly what Kardashian and Kanye West did when their first daughter, North West, was born. Of course, this probably only works if you are famous. Still, it just goes to show how fiercely protective Kardashian is of her kids — who lead an insanely glamorous life.

As reported by E! News, Kardashian opened up about her new life as a mom during a 2018 Calvin Klein campaign photo shoot. "Being a mom just not makes you give a f**k about anything else but what's immediately going on inside, like, in your home, in your family — all the other stuff kind of fades away," Kardashian revealed. She continued, saying, "Nothing matters but your family, so I think it really helps you center and get grounded." 

She may show off her body, but Kim Kardashian battles major physical insecurities

Kim Kardashian may dress more modestly now, but the star never seemed shy about showing off her assets in the past. Regardless, Kardashian isn't always overflowing with confidence in her appearance. 

In a 2017 episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the KKW Beauty founder became visibly distraught when she discovered that a tabloid magazine featured an unplanned photo of her wearing a bikini in Mexico (via Glamour). "You take pictures and people just body-shame you," Kardashian revealed. She continued, saying, "It's, like, literally giving me body dysmorphia."

As she gained weight during her first pregnancy, the star struggled with body insecurities — despite having serious maternity style. In a 2015 interview with C Magazine (via E! News), Kardashian revealed that she'd gained over 50 pounds while pregnant, saying, "It was the worst. I couldn't help it, and everyone would say, 'She can't stop eating.'" The star continued, saying, "I delivered [North West] at 180, and they were like, 'She's 210 pounds. She's getting dumped because she's too fat,' and all these ridiculous stories. It really took a toll." 

Kim Kardashian doesn't post to Instagram in real time

Kim Kardashian's outlook on social media has changed through the years.

Once upon a time, fans were able to follow Kardashian's every move via social media. She would share all her comings and goings in real time and give followers a glimpse of her reality outside of her reality show. But, according to the star herself, when she was robbed in Paris in 2016, her perspective on sharing totally changed. 

While onstage at The New York Times DealBook Conference in 2019, Kardashian revealed the harrowing experience made her realize she was giving people too much information. "They knew what I had, they knew where I was, what I was doing — and that, to me, really changed the things that I post," the star said. She continued, explaining that — despite the traumatizing experience — she still wants her Instagram followers to feel like they are privy to a behind-the-scenes look at her life. "I still want people to feel like they're on that journey with me; but I might video something, then post it 30 minutes later when I've left the location," Kardashian said.

Kim Kardashian hates her hands

Kim Kardashian may be a hands-on mom and businesswoman; however, her hands are actually a point of insecurity for this reality star.

In 2017, Kardashian took to her website to post 20 interesting and quirky facts about herself, with one of those tidbits revealing that she can't stand having messy, unkempt nails (via Elle). "I have a nail file and cuticle cutter with me at all times ... in my purse, travel bag, everywhere," Kardashian wrote. She continued, revealing, "I'm obsessed with my nails and cuticles. If my nails are chipped or not perfect, I feel filthy." 

In a makeup tutorial video with YouTuber Patrick Starrr, Kardashian went so far to admit that she actually hates her hands (via Cosmopolitan). Referring to an Instagram post in which she debuted her engagement ring, Kardashian said, "One of my biggest photo regrets is when I got engaged and I had the shortest nails when I showed my picture. It would have looked so much better with long nails." If it makes you feel better, Kim, we're pretty sure you're the only one who noticed your short nails.