When I graduated from Northwestern in 2008, Keeping Up with the Kardashians was little more than a gleam in Kris Jenner’s eye – and Kim, Khloé and Kourtney were little more than bandage-clad, platform pump-wearing socialites with an uncanny ability to give good quote (slash SNL inspiration). I was aware of them, but they weren’t part of my waking and sleeping consciousness … yet.
Then Kim’s wedding to Kris Humphries made the cover of People, and I found myself creating a gallery of Kim’s 10 Best White Dresses. I didn’t know it at the time, but this was the beginning of what would be the defining relationship of my career. Kardashian and Humphries split the day after my own wedding (I’ll never forget coming off my self-imposed cell phone exile to find out that their 72-day marriage had come to an end), and the reality star rebounded with a series of increasingly insane outfits.
She’s been in the public eye for more than a decade, her full-blown media takeover has been in effect for about a little more than five years and I currently probably think and talk about her more than I do my own family at this point – and yet, I can say honestly that I still manage to be surprised on a near-daily basis by the outfits that she (not to mention her sisters and half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner) puts together.
In honor of 10 years of “Has everyone seen what Kim’s wearing?” emails, checking in from vacation to write about her wedding and leaving the table on a Friday night to write about her getting bangs (I definitely had feelings about all the haircuts); in celebration of the times I scrutinized whether her new diamond ring was slightly different than her old diamond ring and catalogued all her Fashion Faceoffs (she now wouldn’t be caught dead in a dress someone else had worn), here are the 20 headlines I truly never could have imagined writing before Kim Kardashian came into my life. (If I start to think about the hundreds more I’ve edited over the years, I’ll be making this face, so let’s keep it to things with my byline.)