Kimberly Noel Kardashian (Kim Kardashian) was born in Los Angeles, California, on October 21, 1980, to Robert and Kris Kardashian (née Houghton). Kourtney is her older sister, Khloé is her younger sister, and Rob is her younger brother. Their mother is of Dutch, English, Irish, and Scottish origin, while their father is an Armenian-American third generation. Their parents split in 1991, and their mother married Bruce Jenner, the 1976 Summer Olympics decathlon champion. Kim Kardashian gained step-brothers Burton “Burt,” Brandon, and Brody, as well as a step-sister, Casey, and eventually two half-sisters, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, as a result of her mother’s remarriage.
Kardashian attended Marymount High School in Los Angeles, a Roman Catholic all-girls school. Her father represented football player O. J. Simpson in his murder trial in 1994. Kardashian’s godfather is Simpson. Kardashian’s father died of cancer in 2003. In her twenties, Kardashian was a close friend and stylist to socialite Paris Hilton, who introduced Kardashian to the media. Between 2003 and 2006, Kardashian featured as a guest on several episodes of Hilton’s reality television series The Simple Life.
Kardashian began working at Body, a local clothing boutique in Encino, California when Kardashian was 16 years old. Her car had lately been totaled. Her father agreed to buy her a new one on the condition that she accept to bear full responsibility for any future damages. Kardashian was a Body employee for four years, helping to open the Calabasas facility. She quit in 2000, shortly after her first marriage.