A year ago, you would be hard pressed to find a writer or critic praising Kim Kardashian West. Her (and her family’s) celebrity was too vapid, too much of a punchline for those “serious writers” to take, well, seriously. That has all changed.
Now, she’s attracting Beatles-levels of mania. Her coffeetable book of selfies, appropriately titled Selfish and published by the highly respected Rizzoli, has been heralded as a “masterpiece.” She hasn’t changed, but the pulse of the media sure has. There isn’t one surefire point in the zeitgeist that marks the cultural shift, but more and more long reads from respected news publications are siding with the reality star. Based on online commenters and feedback, the general public still has a long way to go before they, too, give in to Kardashian West and call her the “Andy Warhol of our time.” But perhaps the following eight long-reads will bring some perspective to ye doubters out there, because Kardashian West isn’t going anywhere. Whether you want to admit it or not, you’re going to have an opinion of her. You might as well make it an informed one, rather than a surface-level judgement shared by so many people.