You might have a lot more in common with Kim Kardashian than you think. Or at least that’s what she wants us to believe.
Before she became one of the world’s most influential people, Mrs. West insists she worked her ass off to get to the top—despite the widespread notion she’s only famous for being famous.
In an interview with Business Insider, the 34-year-old reality TV star revealed that she has had a job ever since she was 16; the first of which was a retail gig she was forced to take following a minor car accident.
“When I turned 16, my dad made me sign a contract—he made us sign contracts for everything—that if I hit my car, I would be responsible for paying for it. I was in bumper-to-bumper traffic, and I tapped someone. It was so not a big deal, but I had to pay for it," she said. "It was during the O.J. trial. They saw my last name and said, ‘Kardashian, your dad’s that lawyer?!’ They sued me for a lot of money. After I paid them back, I kept on working to buy myself some clothes.”
Ever since then, Kim has never stopped hustling, and she eventually discovered a way to mix her love of shopping and making money: eBay.
As we’ve reported in the past, Kim has always had a fiery passion for the online auction site. What initially started as a way to nab designer clothes on the cheap turned into a pretty decent business. She says she would make a killing by re-selling luxury items under the user name “Kimsaprincess.” She was even hired by her close friends to clean out their closets and flip the shit they no longer wanted—taking a cut from whatever money was made.
Who could forget her most famous friend/employer, Paris Hilton?
Nowadays, Kim isn’t really on a budget, nor does she need online auction sites to bring in the cash; however, she’s still doing her thing on eBay, along with the rest of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, who now donate a portion of the proceeds to charity.
Cosmopolitan reports that between February 2013 and February 2014, the family sold almost 2,000 items on eBay for $277,469.60.
You can check out the info graphics below, which break down the family members’ sales and how much they gave to charity. There is also some information about their best- and worst-selling items.
"My dad always taught me the importance of giving back. I don't publicize everything I do to help charities and people all over the world. I do it because I want to," she explained. "I do it because my dad taught me to. I do it because it's the right thing to do. So for people to attack me for giving 10% of my eBay auction sales to the people of the Philippines, that hurts."