The Kardashians have been low-key geniuses this whole time. (Illustration by Alexa Finkelstein, Pratt Institute)
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The Kardashians have been low-key geniuses this whole time. (Illustration by Alexa Finkelstein, Pratt Institute)

It has certainly paid off to keep up for this long.

If you, like most of us, have spent over a decade keeping up with all things Kardashian, you know just how complicated and public their lives are. The Kardashian-Jenner blended family is notorious for sparking controversy surrounding their products, actions, wardrobe choices and day-to-day decisions. Their lives are seemingly shaped by their idealized images.

The Kardashian women live their lives publicly through their show, “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” (KUWTK), which began airing in 2007. With 16 seasons and 240 episodes under their belt, there are plenty of takeaways, both positive and negative.

On social media, these five powerhouse women consistently promote their images, brands and products, post selfies and, sometimes, submerge themselves into some drama.

Their every movement, word and action is judged by the public sphere and the media and many are unable to find the benefits of keeping up with their lives. Amidst the negativity and build-up of opinion seeping through the media, there are life lessons to be learned from Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, Kylie and Kendall.

It’s Never Too Late to Pursue a Passion

On May 30, Kim Kardashian West met with President Donald Trump and other White House officials to discuss prison reform and sentencing.

In October the year prior, Kim began working to help Alice Marie Johnson, a mother of five who spent 21 years at the FCI Aliceville federal prison, receive clemency from Trump. Johnson had been sentenced to life in federal prison after being involved with the trafficking of up to three tons of cocaine, which is now worth around $85 million.

On May 6, Johnson was granted clemency after showcasing exemplary behavior and major turnaround.

Kim’s fight to free Johnson inspired her to study law, though her interest was sparked at a young age when she would sneak into her father’s office to read through cases. Though she never graduated from college, living in California, Kim is able to take the bar exam without a degree, which she expects to complete in 2022.

The 38-year-old is an inspiration to those with late-blooming passions and people interested in advocacy work. Simply put, it’s never too late to pursue a passion.

Mental and Physical Health Go Hand-In-Hand

In early 2017, Khloe Kardashian launched her new reality television series called “Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian.” Each episode features two people who get an inside-out transformation. Though Khloe says, “The best form of revenge is a good body,” the “Revenge Body” experience is also mental.

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Trainer Ashley Borden, who trains some of the show’s participants, sees the connection between mental and physical change.

“I think that now people are kind of viewing it as it’s not just ‘revenge’ on a boyfriend or girlfriend,” says the fitness guru.

“I think it should almost be called ‘Confidence Body,’ because look at Khloé now. Yes, physically she looks different, she looks great, but it’s also just the way she carries herself that she’s more confident now, and I think that’s what the message is for participants on the show.”

Khloe is helping men and women achieve their “revenge bodies” to become the healthiest version of themselves. These transformations are going beyond just the physical aspect by instilling confidence and promoting body positivity. Khloe has proved to many that physical and mental health are intertwined through her show and herself.

Be Ingredient-Conscious and Lead a Healthy Lifestyle

Kourtney Kardashian has upheld a notably healthy lifestyle. From veganism and clean eating to creating awareness around dangerous cosmetic ingredients, Kourtney has found a place for herself within the healthy living community.

In 2018, Kourtney partnered with the Environmental Working Group to lobby for safety reform in the cosmetics and self-care industry at Capitol Hill. Cosmetic laws have been untouched for decades, and Kourtney is advocating giving authority of cosmetic and personal care product safety to the FDA.

She took to Instagram to explain her mission. “Right now, we can’t even buy the personal care products our families need without worrying about them containing harmful chemicals,” she said. “You shouldn’t have to do all of the research when it comes to making sure your family’s products are free of toxic ingredients.”

In April, Kourtney launched her online healthy lifestyle guide, Poosh, which is nicknamed after her daughter Penelope. According to the site, “Poosh is the modern guide to living your best life. Our mission is to educate, motivate, create and curate a modern lifestyle, achievable by all.”

In addition to creating awareness around harmful cosmetic ingredients, Kourtney has created a platform for promoting an all-around healthy lifestyle, dubbing her the family’s health guru. She is showing women and men how crucial it is to know what’s in the products they use daily and giving them a solid platform for learning how to live life fully.

Find a Career Aligned With Your Interests

No matter where you start — from the bottom, upper or from the middle class — being an entrepreneur is not easy. Kylie Jenner, the youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner family, was recently labeled by “Forbes” as the youngest self-made billionaire at 21 years old.

The term “self-made” received incessant backlash, but there is something to be said about being able to build a successful, money-making empire within three years time. Kylie is continually developing her brand, working diligently to repair product flaws and inserting endless amounts of creativity into her work, all while being a young mother.

A few years later, Kylie finds herself running one of the hottest cosmetic companies in the industry. This passion for lip kits, eyeshadow palettes, high glosses, contour kits and themed makeup kits align with her previous insecurities.


“I turned to makeup to help me feel more confident,” said the youngest Kardashian.

Feeling most insecure about her lips, Kylie admitted to getting temporary lip-fillers in 2014. Prior, she relied on lip liner and illusion to give off a bigger lip look. Now, she sells lip kits and other cosmetic products to help others build their own self-confidence. Kylie was successful in turning her passion into a sustainable career.

If You Have Mental Health Issues, You’re Not Alone

Over the past few years, Kendall Jenner has opened up about her struggles with anxiety and sleep paralysis, a condition marked by the inability to move with the feeling of being awake.

In 2017, she embarked on a mission to cope with her anxiety, saying, “[I] learned that it’s all mental, so I try to prevent anxiety attacks by bringing my mind somewhere else.”

After a long, ongoing fight with her mental disorders, the supermodel also attended the Anxiety Youth Centre Dinner in June 2019, which was held by the New York Presbyterian Hospital.

Her openness on the subject had fans feeling more at ease.

Jenner has brought anxiety and sleep paralysis into a different light, and doing so has built a sense of unity for those who also have mental health disorders.

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