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Kim Kardashian (1980- ) is a rich party girl from Los Angeles, California. Till 2007 she was mainly known as a friend of Paris Hilton, but then a sex video of her and her boyfriend, the singer Ray J, made the rounds on the Internet. After that she made the cover of Complex, King, Playboy and other magazines.

According to this blog she is the fifth most beautiful woman in the world. She has big, beautiful eyes, a beautiful face, long, thick black hair and a great figure. Her measurements are 35D-26-40 (89-66-102 cm). She is 5 foot 3 (1.60 metres).

When Paris Hilton was asked if she wanted a big bottom like Kardashian, she said, “.. it’s gross! It reminds me of cottage cheese inside a big trash bag.”

In reply Kardashian said, “If Paris Hilton thinks my butt looks gross, I don’t really care. At least I have a butt.”

Even though Kardashian is white, black men seem to like her more than white men. She was the first white woman to make the cover of King magazine yet she barely made white American Maxim’s Hot 100.

kim-kardashian-buttock-augm3Since she herself seems to prefer black men, did she use her family’s money to give herself a black woman’s body?

She says no: all the women in her family have her sort of figure. But there is at least one picture of her where her legs seem too thin compared to the rest of her body and another one where her bottom was clearly smaller than it is now.

She said that Jennifer Lopez’s pride in her figure gave her the courage to show off hers. And that she did, naked, in Playboy in December 2007 in what she calls “tastefully done” pictures.

She said she appeared in Playboy at the urging of her mother (yes) and “because I’m not one of those stick skinny girls you see. I felt like girls today need to see a normal body.”

When Vivid Video put out her sex video in 2007 she took them to court. How could she face her grandmother? But later that same year Kardashian herself put out a much longer sex video.

Many think she masterminded the whole sex video thing from beginning to end: it was all a bit too much like what her friend Paris Hilton did a few years before. And the video is too well done to seem like something private that suddenly saw the light of day.

If the name Kardashian seems somehow familiar you are probably thinking of her father: he helped to defend OJ Simpson at his murder trial in 1995. He came out of retirement to do it: he and Simpson were friends.

In 1989 when she was little her parents divorced. Her mother married Olympic gold-medal winner Bruce Jenner.

She was married to R & B producer Damon Thomas from 2000 to 2004. A mistake, she says.

She and Paris Hilton have known each other since they were little girls: their mothers were friends.

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Cher

Cher (1946- ) is an American singer and actress. She became famous in 1965 with a song she sang with her husband Sonny Bono called “I’ve Got You Babe”.

She is most famous for these songs:

  • 1965: I Got You Babe
  • 1971: Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves
  • 1973: Half-Breed
  • 1974: Dark Lady
  • 1989: If I Could Turn Back Time
  • 1999: Believe

and for appearing in these films:

  • 1983: Silkwood
  • 1985: Mask
  • 1987: Moonstruck
  • 1990: Mermaids

Few singers and actors have done so well for so long.

She has won an Oscar (film), a Grammy (music) and an Emmy (television).

She was born Cheryl Sarkisian LaPiere. She is half Armenian and part Cherokee, German, Irish and English. Sarkisian is from her birth father, not LaPiere. She used Cherilyn and later just Cher (what Sonny called her) as her stage name. In 1979 she changed her real name to just “Cher”.

She grew up in California. When she was 16 she met Sonny Bono at Aldo’s coffee shop in Los Angeles. She fell in love. He was already working in the music business for Phil Spector and got her work as a backing singer.

In the early years she did not feel comfortable singing or being on stage without Sonny. That is why they sang together even though he could barely sing. But somehow it worked. He wrote songs and made films for her to be in. One of his song, “I Got You Babe”, made their name.

After a few years their music fell out of favour and they found themselves singing to smaller and smaller crowds. It happens to most singers. Cher, partly in anger, started saying mean things about Sonny on stage. He was much shorter than her and clearly had less ability. It made people laugh and their act starting drawing large crowds again.

It was enough to get them a show in Las Vegas. When that did well, it was turned into “The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour”, which was on American television for much of the 1970s in one form or other.

Sonny Bono was older and more experienced than Cher. He could not sing as well as she could, but he knew the music business and helped her succeed. But after a point his guiding hand became too controlling. The two broke up – both as singers and as husband and wife. Cher struck out on her own.

For a long time she did not do well. She was becoming a has-been. But then in 1983 she appeared in “Silkwood” and proved to be a good actress. This led to a string of films, “Moonstruck” (1987) being her best. Her songs started to get on the radio again too.

In 1998 Sonny died suddenly. When he was buried, it was clear that she still loved him.

In 1999 when her song “Believe” came out, she was the oldest woman ever to have a number one song in America. She was then 53. It came 34 years after her first number one song. That is a record too.

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