Can you keep up?
It's hard to believe the Kardashian family hasn't always been famous! Don't believe us? Try going on social media without seeing Kylie Jenner’s lip kits on Instagram, or a funny Khloé Kardashian remark on Twitter.
While it may seem like they've been around forever, Keeping Up with the Kardashians premiered in 2006 after Kris Jenner saw an opportunity for a reality show. Kim — aka former BFF to Paris Hilton — was receiving attention from her sex tape with Ray J.
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"I started to look at our careers like pieces on a chessboard. Every day, I woke up and walked into my office and asked myself, ‘What move do you need to make today?’ she revealed in her 2011 memoir. "It was very calculated. My business decisions and strategies were very intentional, definite and planned to the nth degree."
Ryan with the family in 2007. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Former American Idol judge and KUWTK executive producer Ryan Seacrest was interested in learning more about the family. Before the series was picked up by E! — Ryan remembered filming a barbecue in their home.
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"They were all together — as crazy and as fun as loving as they are — and they were throwing each other in the pool," he explained. "I came back and saw the tape. And I thought, ‘Oh my God, we’ve got to show this to E!’ ... We had no idea it would become the monster pop culture business that it is."
Kylie explained to Teen Vogue last year how being a teenager in the spotlight is difficult.
"It’s probably the hardest thing," she revealed. "You don’t know who you are. I didn’t know who I was a year ago, and I still don’t know exactly who I am now. You’re trying to grow up and make mistakes and everybody’s watching. It’s become a job more than who I am. I don’t even want to be that person anymore."
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