Kim Kardashian praises ex Kanye West for introducing her to fashion

Written by Amy Woodyatt, CNN

Kim Kardashian has undergone a style evolution, and it’s partly because of her ex, Kanye West, she says.

“Honestly, I’m very honored to be here. I mean, I started out as a wardrobe organizer and stylist. So the fact that I’m winning a Fashion Icon award is like a pinch-off moment,” she said while receiving The Fashion award. Icon at the 2021 People’s Choice Awards in Santa Monica, Calif., On Tuesday.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West attend the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute's 2019 Benefit Gala in New York.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West attend the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute’s 2019 Benefit Gala in New York. Credit: Jennifer Graylock / PA / Getty Images

“Thanks to Kanye for really introducing me to the world of fashion. And I fell in love with fashion, and I’m so inspired by so many people,” she said.

“But again, this is like a dream that I wake up and wear these amazing clothes and just try new things, you know, take a chance.”

Once a personal stylist and assistant to Paris Hilton, choosing looks for “The Simple Life,” Kardashian is no stranger to fashion. But her early 2000s looks were a far cry from the haute couture and haute couture ensembles that she is now famous for.

Kim Kardashian West presenter

Kim Kardashian West to host “Saturday Night Live” on October 9 Credit: Rosalind O’Connor / NBC

“I really think my relationship with my husband Kanye really changed everything,” she told CNN Style in 2015. “I mean, on the day I thought I had the best style. I look back at the outfits and I’m, like, mortified. “

In a famous episode of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” from the early days of their relationship, West brought his personal stylist to the star’s home to clean her closet.
He even emailed Kardashian with directives like “You can’t wear big glasses anymore.”

West’s drastic intervention apparently challenged Kardashian to approach fashion in a whole new way. In the span of a few “KUWTK” seasons, excessive layers, sky-high heels, and sassy prints gave way to a muted palette of beige, white, and black.

Wearing designer sports pieces, the star became a fixture in the front rows of fashion week and made the lists of best-dressed fashion magazines.

Kim Kardashian celebrates the launch of Skims at Nordstrom NYC in February 2020.

Kim Kardashian celebrates the launch of Skims at Nordstrom NYC in February 2020. Credit: Kevin Mazur / Getty Images for Nordstrom

Kardashian filed for divorce from West in February. The filing cited irreconcilable differences and Kardashian is seeking joint custody of the couple’s four children.

In 2019, she started her own brand of shapers, lingerie, and sleepwear, Skims, and recently collaborated with Italian fashion house Fendi to produce a capsule collection.

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