Kim Kardashian West exclusively opens up to OK! about her surprising new career in law

Kim Kardashian West is many things to many people. She's one of the world's most recognisable faces, for one thing. She's also The Queen of Reality TV, a model, a pin-up, a businesswoman and the wife of the outspoken rapper Kanye West.

Kim has her sights set on something else now, though. Something a little more worthy. Something that may surprise a few people… a career in law.

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“I really do believe that you can do it all,” Kim told us when we asked her about having just finished her first year of law school. Her new career move could shock some people, but it's not the craziest idea in the world. After all, her father Robert Kardashian was – for many years – one of the United States' most famous attorneys.

Perhaps Kim K really can do it all. Her new feature-length documentary, Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project, shows an entirely new side to the woman that we were desperate to find out more about.

We kicked off our interview by congratulating Kim on completing her first year of law school and asked her what it's been like juggling it with the rest of her busy life.

"Thank you, she smiled. "Well, I have to study 20 hours a week. My kids know I’m in law school now. Plus, I have to film my show too. My day is incredibly micromanaged. I get up at 5.40am to work out at 6am. At 7.05am, I wake the kids up and we have breakfast at 7.40am. We’re out of the door by 8am."

With her new direction and focus we wondered if she ever thought to herself, 'maybe there shouldn’t be any more selfies'? or 'Maybe I shouldn’t do that photo shoot?' But Kim believes she can follow her dream of going into law while still enjoying her current lifestyle.

"Maybe I shouldn’t post a bikini selfie? No! I want to do it all and I think you can do it all and it’s still me. No matter what, I think you have to be yourself. It’s all fun."

We asked the model and reality TV star how long it took her to realise that she wanted to study law? Her answer was very illuminating: "Having lived in a home with my attorney father – who made me sign a contract for everything – I think I’ve been thinking about this for a long time.”

“When I got my car, I had to sign a contract to make sure I had gas and washed it once a week. By the time I was a teenager and he was working on the OJ Simpson case, I was sneaking into his office looking at all the evidence and things I shouldn’t have been looking at – it was part of my life."

"I’m raising four black children that could face a situation like any of the people that I help," she continued. "To know that I could make a difference in my children’s lives and their friends’ lives by helping to fix a broken system is very motivating for me."

The mention of her father Robert Kardashian made us wonder if law brought her closer to your dad at all…

"In a way, yes. There are times when I can get frustrated with studying really late when I have to get up early, and I wonder how he did it. Having four kids, he must’ve been going through some of the same things that I have gone through, so it would have been exciting to talk to him about that. I know that he would be so, so proud."

"I'll definitely take the bar exam when my four years are up," she told us. "We just finished one year, so that would be 2022 or 2023."

She tells us that she's really found her calling in law. "I really have. I don’t see how I could say no to someone that really needs help if I know that I could help them.""

"I’m not doing it for publicity," she told us when we suggested that some people may well accuse her of it. "I’m very used to criticism, so nothing really fazes me. I really do care. There’s so much going on behind the scenes in some cases, which never gets publicised. I literally do this every single day and spend hours of my time away from work and everything else, including my family. It can be exhausting and frustrating, but I know that we can make a difference."


Finally, we asked Kim what inspired her to make her documentary, The Justice Project, a programme about America's increasingly worrying mass incarceration problem.

"I think it’s really important," she told us. "There are two sides to every story and I was never the type of person to believe that. I was always like, 'They should be locked up forever.' I never wanted to hear their side of the story. But since I have been from prison to prison and I’ve sat down with these people and heard their stories, I realised there’s a whole other side."

The Justice Project airs on Sky Crime later in the year.

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