Monday 22 October 2018

The bottom line is that Kim Kardashian is a woman of substance

Kim Kardashian has stolen the headlines again but her critics still can't give her credit, writes Sophie Donaldson

MERCY ME: Kim Kardashian and Donald Trump in the Oval Office
MERCY ME: Kim Kardashian and Donald Trump in the Oval Office
Sophie Donaldson

Sophie Donaldson

Last Monday night, celebrated names descended on the Brooklyn Museum in New York for an event colloquially known as the Fashion Oscars. The Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards is the most prestigious back-slapping, air-kissing awards ceremony in the industry. It bestows honours such as Womenswear Designer of the Year (Raf Simons for Calvin Klein), Accessory Designer of the Year (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) and Fashion Icon (Naomi Campbell).

This year, a new award was created: the Influencer Award. The accolade (that could turn out to be a one-off, according to the CFDA's president Steven Kolb) wasn't what prompted murmurings of discontent in the wider fashion industry. Rather, it was who the award was given to. It seems that no matter how many trends she shapes, how many fans and followers she attracts and the ever-growing scale of her many businesses, people are still unwilling to accept that Kim Kardashian West wields any influence over the population at large, least of all the fashion industry.

Despite the vacuous façade, there is little doubt she is all too aware of her detractors. While accepting her award, Kardashian quipped she was "kind of shocked that I'm winning a fashion award when I'm naked most of the time".

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