The 40 moments that defined Kim Kardashian as she turns 40 – including 72-day marriage & savage insults about sisters

SHE recorded her infamous sex tape on her 23rd birthday and downed a keg of beer in Las Vegas when she turned 30 – so who knows what Kim Kardashian-West will do to celebrate turning the big four-oh tomorrow.

From breaking the internet to losing her diamond earring, here we take a look back at the 40 moments that defined the selfie queen.


1. THAT infamous sex tape

This was the one that arguably rocketed Kim to mega-fame.

Kim was still relatively unknown before her sex tape with ex-boyfriend Ray J went viral in 2007, and has since been viewed more than 150million times.

The tape was filmed when the couple went on a luxury trip in Cabo, Mexico, to celebrate Kim’s 23rd birthday.

2. Reality TV cameo

Before her own reality fame, Kim K actually made a cameo on MTV show The Hills, appearing with Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, who was the best friend of Kim's step-brother, Brody Jenner.

However the episode didn’t air until years later, on a 10-year anniversary special The Hills: That Was Then, This Is Now.

3. Dating games

At the height of his fame following his high-profile divorce from Jessica Simpson, in 2006 Kim briefly dated Nick Lachey – however the star has since suggested she was just using him to get famous, saying: “We went to a movie.

"No one followed us there. Somehow, mysteriously, when we left, there were 30 photographers waiting outside."

4. Playboy photoshoot

While these photos seem relatively tame by Kim’s saucy standards, before becoming a mum the star took part in a Playboy cover photoshoot wearing a sultry red swimsuit.

5. Assistant to A-lister

While it might seem bizarre now, let’s not forget before KUWTK, Kim was actually Paris Hilton’s assistant.

“She was such a great, like, mentor for me," Kim said. "I really am grateful for my experiences with her. She’s a huge, huge reason of my success.”

6. Jail selfies

In one of the most meme-worthy moments created on KUWTK, Kris Jenner told her daughter off for taking selfies in the car while they drove Khloe to prison, saying: “Kim would you stop taking pictures of yourself? Your sister’s going to jail.”

7. ‘Don’t be so f***ing rude’

In yet another meme-worthy moment Kim and Khloé got into a heated argument after Kim purchased a new Bentley in 2008.

An epic fight ensued, and Kim hit her sister with her handbag and yelled, “Don’t be f***ing rude!”.

8. Bottoms up

Celebrating her last big birthday milestone, Kim really let her hair down when she turned 30 in 2010.

Speaking after being held upside down to down a keg of beer in Las Vegas, she said: “I get what Kourtney's trying to do.

“She's trying to teach me that it's okay to loosen up and 30's not the end of the world.”

9. ‘My diamond earring!’

While on a luxury family holiday to Bora Bora, Kim became hysterical when she was playfully thrown into the sea and realised she’d lost a £57k diamond earring.

Bursting into tears and hysterically screaming, Kris tried to calm her down – while Kourtney, trying calmly to put the drama into context, says: “There are people that are dying.”

10. The placenta prank

The sisters have always loved a good prank – and it seems they know no boundaries, as Kim and Kourtney led their family to believe they had secretly fed them placenta.

Needless to say, the gag – and the beef brisket they were actually eating – did not go down well.

11. A lavish £6.2m wedding

No one could forget Kim married Kris Humphries in a star-studded ceremony before she met Kanye.

Their wedding was reported to have cost £6.2m, but earned the couple £11million from magazine deals, TV coverage and endorsements.

12. Ending her marriage after 72 days

However, it just wasn’t to be. Just 72 days after tying the knot, it was all over.

In a statement, Kim, then 31, said: “After careful consideration, I have decided to end my marriage, I hope everyone understands this was not an easy decision.”

13. Bum X-Ray

As the owner of the most famous and talked about derrière in the world, Kim underwent a ‘butt X-ray’ in 2011 to prove to doubters that her bum is real.

Sick of plastic surgery rumours, she said: “I've said numerous times: 'I haven't had plastic surgery, I haven't had butt implants.'”

14. Sexy security fling

Despite a string of famous boyfriends, Kim didn’t only date famous men and at one point she had a fling with her hunky Australian bodyguard, Shengo Deane.

The pair jumped into bed together in 2011, during an episode of Kourtney And Kim Take New York.

15. Short-lived music career

Keen to add another string to her bow, Kim even tried her hand at a music career, and in 2011 released her debut single, Jam (Turn It Up).

The track was produced by hit record maker The Dream, who has worked with the likes of Rihanna and Beyonce but it failed to reach the charts.

16. ‘She has this ugly crying face’

Every aspect of their lives have been filmed, so it’s unsurprising there have been some emotional reactions caught on KUWTK, but none more so than from Kim.

“She has this ugly crying face,” Kourtney said after one meltdown, and Kim even turned it into a Kimoji.

17. Resurrecting the vampire facial

Always one to set a trend, when Kim Kardashian posted a photo of her face covered in blood in 2013, most people’s initial reaction was shock.

Queue a sudden surge in popularity for the ‘vampire facial’ – a procedure which involved injecting the patients’ blood back into their face.

18. Stealing Kourtney’s breast milk

Yep, this is exactly what it sounds like. Kim told Kourtney she had been secretly stealing her breast milk from the fridge to help ease her psoriasis skin condition.

Kourtney then squirted breast milk on to her leg.

19. £2.5m proposal

In October 2013 Kim and Kanye got engaged, with Kanye renting out San Francisco's AT&T baseball stadium and proposing in front of Kim's family and friends.

The whole proposal was filmed for KUWTK and was thought to have cost in the region of £2.5m, including engagement ring.

20. Vogue controversy

When Kim and Kanye West, 45, graced the front cover of Vogue in March 2014, it caused a huge reaction and many fans vowed to cancel their subscriptions to the high end fashion magazine.

Despite the controversy, editor Anna Wintour stood by her decision, saying: “There is always a time when you know you have to break the rules.

“Kim and Kanye were a part of the conversation of the day, and for Vogue not to recognise that would’ve been a big misstep.”

21. Awkward announcement

However, if Kim had expected a more positive reaction from her own family, she was sorely mistaken.

When Kim broke the news to her sisters that she’d be gracing the fashion bible, hilariously their mum Kris was the only person who showed any interest.

22. The wedding of the year

In May 2014, the couple celebrated their nuptials with a lavish weekend-long ceremony in Florence.

A picture of Kim and Kanye kissing during the ceremony also became the most-liked Instagram photo of 2014.

23. Breaking the Internet

There have been many times Kim has got people talking with a risque photo, but none more so than the ‘Break the Internet’ Paper Magazine cover shot by renowned photographer Jean-Paul Goude, which showed Kim stripping off a black sequin gown, flaunting her enviable curves.

24. Dare to bare

It’s not the only time Kim has shared a revealing selfie, and it’s little wonder she now boasts over 190million Instagram followers.

From flaunting her pregnant body to leaving little to the imagination with a ‘censored’ nude, there’s little Kim won’t share with her fans.

25. Pregnancy honesty

It’s no secret Kim struggled with pregnancy and multiple complications meant she welcomed her third and fourth children Chicago and Psalm via surrogate.

But instead of pretending it was effortless, from craving Lays Barbecue potato chips, to “feeling fat as f**k” – Kim did not sugarcoat her personal experience.

26. How selfish

She basically created the selfie, so it only makes sense Kim released a book of them, called Selfish, in 2015.

However, the book only sold 32,000 copies in the first couple of months. 

27. ‘I thought I was going to die!’

On the way to the airport after a holiday in Montana in 2015, Khloe, Kylie and Kim were involved in a car accident.

While thankfully everyone was OK, the incident left Kim shaken up.

“I thought I was going to die!” she sobbed on a phone call to Kanye.

28. ‘Being a mum is everything’

Kim once said even if she was on her deathbed, she’d still turn up to a work commitment.

But there’s no job she works harder at than being a mum to her adorable brood, North, seven, Saint, four, Chicago, two, and Psalm, one.

“Being a mom is everything," she said. "It’s the best feeling in the world.”

29. ‘The embodiment of the selfie era’

Say what you like about Kim, but regardless of whether she’s receiving positive or negative press, she has always been able to capitalise on her fame, and even graced the cover of Forbes in 2016 – a much sought after accolade in showbiz.

The magazine labeled her on its cover one of the new "Mobile Moguls", and said she was “the embodiment of the selfie era”.

30. £8.5m robbery horror

Not a memory Kim would like to recall, but it was one of the biggest robberies of the year in 2016.

Kim suffered a terrifying £8.5m heist, which saw her held at gunpoint in Paris during Fashion Week.

The ordeal left the star with flashbacks and unable to sleep without security at night.

31. ‘She’s the least exciting to look at’

Sisters always fight, but maybe not as savagely as the Kardashians. In Series 15 Kim told Kourtney she was being 'annoying' while she tried to organise the family's annual Christmas photoshoot.

Kim snapped: "No one wants you in the f**king shoot.

"She's the least exciting thing to look at, so she can be out.” Ouch.

32. Beauty business mogul

Since setting up KKW beauty in 2017, there’s been no stopping Kim, whose business is now worth just under $1billion according to some reports.

33. ‘I will f**k you up’

KUWTK fans will be used to the sisters arguing – but in Series 18, Kim and Kourtney took a row to a whole new level and had a physical fight.

After Kim implied Kourtney didn’t have the same hard working ethic as her, Kourtney saw red, saying: "You act like I don't do s**t… I will literally f**k you up if you mention it again."

34. ‘This is so embarrassing’

If there’s one thing you don’t want your step-brother to do, it’s to walk in while you’re taking sexy selfies in a wet, see-through dress.

Sadly for Kim that’s exactly what happened while she was taking some snaps to send to hubby Kanye while on holiday in Thailand.

35.Phone feud

Following the epic feud between Kanye and Taylor Swift, when he stormed the stage during her acceptance speech at the MTV Music Awards and later referred to her as a b***h in his song Famous, Kim well and truly embedded herself in the drama.

She released a recorded call between the two which she claimed proved Taylor had approved the track.

36. A love of fashion which knows no limits

She’s had too many iconic looks to name them all, but Kim’s skin-tight Thierry Mugler gown was one of the most talked-about looks at the 2019 Met Gala.

However there was one major issue with the corseted dress.

Speaking on their reality show, Kim says: “Honestly, if it’s an emergency, I think I pee my pants and then have my sister wipe my leg up. I’m not even joking.”

37. Celebrity to crime career

Quite possibly one of the last things fans would have expected from Kim was her announcement she was going to train to become a lawyer.

The star surprised everyone when she announced she was doing a four-year apprenticeship and aiming to take the bar exam in 2022.

38. Keeping up with Donald Trump

Earlier this year prison reform advocate Kim tweeted pictures of her visit to the White House with three women recently freed from prison.

Using her influential platform, Kim has spent the last few years trying to bring national attention to people who should be freed from their sentences.

39. Festive period

She’s known for her sense of style, but not even Kim gets it right all the time.

Last year she faced backlash from fans who claimed her festive decorations looked like "giant tampons" – and looking at the pics, they may have had a point.

40. Goodbye to Keeping Up With The Kardashians

The recent news that Keeping Up With The Kardashians is ending after 14 iconic years was announced by Kim on Instagram.

The star wrote it was with "heavy hearts" that they made the "difficult decision”.

However, while the reality show is coming to a close, based on the last twenty years of Kim, there’s no way this will be the last we hear from the 40-year-old.

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