Eight years ago, Kim Kardashian stepped into Trump Tower for an assessment meeting with Donald Trump. The subject of their evaluation? Rhinestone and sequin-embellished marketing displays for her perfume linebranded The Voluptuous New Fragrancewhich was being promoted on a Season 10 episode of The Apprentice.
On Wednesday, Kim paid a visit to Trumps new quarters for a wholly different type of tete-a-tete: this time to request a pardon for Alice Marie Johnson, a 62-year-old woman serving a life sentence for a first time drug offense.
While its unclear how receptive Trump was to Kardashians plea, theres no shortage of precedent when it comes to his profoundly discerning take on her appearance.
Does she have a good body? No. Does she have a fat ass? Absolutely, he said in a 2013 interview with radio personality Howard Stern. Trump added, At the word Kim theyd say, Wow, I dont wanna go out with her.
During Kardashians pregnancy that same year, Trump, unprompted to speak about her looks, told a reporter, Shes gotten a little bit large. I would say this, I dont think you should dress like you weigh 120 pounds.
In another interview with Stern a year later, Trump maintained his stance on Kardashians lower body. Its record setting, he said. In the old days, theyd say shes got a bad body.
All of this comes after Trumps harsh 2009 firing of Kims sister Khloe Kardashian from Celebrity Apprentice. She is a fat piglet. Why did we get the ugly Kardashian? sources from the show have recalled Trump complaining at the time. In apparent reference to Kim, he reportedly added, We cant even get the hot one?
Aesthetic preferences aside, two former reality television stars assembling at the White House to confer about criminal justice reform might seem like a bizarre scenario all on its own. But the summit takes on an added level of irony when considering what connected Trump and the Kardashians in the first place: Trumps close friendship with O.J. Simpson, whom Kims father Robert Kardashian helped defend in court. Lest we forget, it was Simpsons murder trial that thrust the Kardashian patriarch into the limelight to begin with, with the rest of his now-notorious family keeping up not far behind.
More than 10 years after O.J., who is also Kims godfather, was miraculously acquitted of murder, Kim Kardashian is advocating for a very different exoneration. Although Alice Johnson went to prison more than 21 years ago, Kardashian took up Johnsons cause after coming across her story on Twitter earlier this year. In an interview this month, Kardashian expounded upon the discovery and her decision to support Johnson in requesting an official pardon.
Where Im at in my life right now, just like, to go and spend my money buying material things just doesnt satisfy me the way that it used to, Kardashian said. To save someones life and do that once a year, then that would make my heart fuller.
On Wednesday, that once-yearly day apparently came. Happy Birthday Alice Marie Johnson, Kardashian tweeted. Today is for you.
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