Written by Amy Woodyatt, CNN
Kim Kardashian has gone through a style evolution, and that’s in part because of her ex, Kanye West, she says.
“I’m honestly so humble to be here. I mean, I started out as a closet organizer and stylist. The fact that I win a Fashion Icon Award is like a tweaking moment,” she said when she won The Fashion Icon Award at the 2021 People’s Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California on Tuesday.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West attend the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala 2019 in New York. Credit: Jennifer Graylock / PA / Getty Images
“Thanks to Kanye for really introducing me to the fashion world. And I fell in love with fashion and am so inspired by so many people, ”she said.
“But it’s like a dream that I wake up and wear these great clothes and just try new things – you know, take a risk.”
Once the personal stylist and assistant to Paris Hilton who selected the looks for “The Simple Life,” Kardashian is no stranger to fashion. But her early 2000s looks were a far cry from the high fashion and couture outfits she is famous for today.
Kim Kardashian West to host Saturday Night Live on October 9 Credit: Rosalind O’Connor / NBC
“I really think my relationship with my husband Kanye really changed everything,” she told CNN Style in 2015. “I mean, I used to think I had the best style. I look back at outfits and, like, I am humiliated. “
In a famous episode of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” from the early days of their relationship, West brought his personal stylist to the star’s house to clean up her closet. He even went as far as emailing Kardashian with instructions such as “You can’t wear big glasses anymore.”
West’s drastic intervention apparently challenged Kardashian to approach fashion in a whole new way. In just a few seasons of “KUWTK”, excessive layerings, sky-high heels and eye-catching prints gave way to a muted palette of beige, black and white.
As a sporty designer piece, the star became a permanent fixture in the front rows of Fashion Week and graced the best-dressed lists of fashion magazines.
Kim Kardashian celebrates the launch of Skims in Nordstrom NYC in February 2020. Credit: Kevin Mazur / Getty Images for Nordstrom
Kardashian filed for divorce from West in February. The motion identified irreconcilable differences, and Kardashian is seeking joint custody of the couple’s four children.
In 2019 she founded her own shapewear, lingerie and loungewear brand Skims and recently worked with Italian fashion house Fendi to produce a capsule collection.