Kimberly Noel " Kim" Kardashian (born October 21, 1980 ) is an American television personality , fashion designer , model and actress. Born and raised in Los Angeles , California, the media attention through his then friend Paris Hilton was first obtained . In 2007 , Kardashian released after a sex tape with her then boyfriend Ray J was leaked . Later that year, she and her family took care of starring in the reality television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians . Its success has led to the creation of spin- offs including Kourtney and Kim Take New York and Kourtney and Kim Take Miami. In 2010, Kardashian was named the reality TV personality best paid , with estimated revenues of $ 6 million.