She just scored her first solo Vogue cover but its the contents of that cover issue—a big deal because its the May issue before the MET Gala on May 6— that’s capturing everyone’s attention. Get ready for Kim Kardashian, attorney at law. (Resist the giant eye-roll urge and hold your Legally Blonde jokes, please.)
After successfully helping to free Alice Marie Johnson, who was granted clemency by President Donald Trump last summer after being imprisoned for drug trafficking, and more recently offering to pay a released prisoner’s rent, Kardashian shared with Vogue that she has her sights set on taking the bar in 2022.
“I just felt like I wanted to be able to fight for people who have paid their dues to society,” she told Vogue. “I just felt like the system could be so different, and I wanted to fight to fix it, and if I knew more, I could do more.”
And you thought she would be satisfied with being internationally famous, unimaginably wealthy, a beauty mogul, reality star, wife and soon-to-be mother of four. Nope.
With help from activist, lawyer and CNN commentator Van Jones, and attorney Jessica Jackson, both co-founders of criminal justice advocacy group #cut50, Kardashian is studying law and, because she lives in one of the four U.S. states that doesn’t require a law degree to take the bar, her dreams of practicing law could feasibly become a reality. And she’s serious about it too, quietly starting a four-year internship with a San Francisco law office this past summer.
@KimKardashian is used to being underestimated. If the media mogul/beauty entrepreneur/soon-to-be mother of four’s next act—studying law—seems unlikely, perhaps it shouldn’t. “This is the daughter of an accomplished attorney and the mother of three black kids who is using her full power to make a difference on a tough issue and is shockingly good at it,” says @CNN commentator and activist @vanjones68. Jones brings up the Elle Woods character from @legallyblondemovies as perhaps the only archetype we have in the culture through which to understand such an unlikely turn of events. “But she’s so much deeper than that,” he says, “because the gravity of the issues she’s taking on is so tragic and all-pervasive. I think she’s going to be a singular person in American life.” In many demonstrable ways—for better or worse—@KimKardashian already is. But if she were to pass the bar, it would be the most surprising rebranding since @Barbie got woke, a case to be studied at @harvardhbs for years to come. (Indeed, she has been invited to speak at Harvard later this year “on branding and media.”) “I love to be put in a situation where I can have a conversation with someone who might not be inclined to think much of me, because I can guarantee they will have a different opinion and understand what’s important to me after they’ve met me,” @KimKardashian says. Tap the link in our bio to read the full May cover story. Photographed by @mikaeljansson, styled by @tonnegood, written by @jonathanvanmeter, Vogue, May 2019.
You may also recall that law is in her genes, with her late father Robert Kardashian acting as O.J. Simpson’s defence attorney in one of the most unforgettable trials in modern history.
As for Mama Kris Jenner, she is as surprised as you are about her daughter’s decision but supports it wholeheartedly.
“I did not see this one coming,” Jenner told Vogue. “When you find something that you’re that passionate about, it’s not difficult; you don’t have to think about it—it just happens.”