Although Kim Kardashian posing n@ked and sharing nearly-n@ked Instagram photos is practically old hat at this point, we can’t forget what launched Kim K’s meteoric success in the first place: the infamous s- tape. While most people are aware that a Kim Kardashian s- tape has been floating around the Internet for more than a decade, many may not recall that it was this X-rated video that launched Kim K’s overnight fame.
Some people despise Kim K for allegedly leaking the footage to gain fame. Others, meanwhile, applaud the reality star for redefining norms and breaking down barriers, as well as for using the s- tape—dubbed Kim Kardashian, Superstar by p0rn0graphy distributor Vivid Entertainment—to gain fame.
Love her or despise her, Kardashian has long been one of the most powerful people on the planet. With over 100 million Instagram followers, she has shaped the pop culture landscape for quite some time. Everything Kardashian touches turns to gold, including the Kim Kardashian s- tape.
After Vivid Entertainment illegally distributed a 41-minute video of Kardashian and Ray J getting steamy, Kardashian’s name went viral. The truth may be difficult to accept, but it was the moment when the aspiring reality star rose to prominence and has continued to grow in popularity ever since.
Ray J’s ship of fame sailed away in the opposite direction. Despite the fact that the R&B singer is still reportedly earning around $360,000 per year in royalties for the infamous tape, the 2007 scandal has had little to no impact on his music career.
Ray J tried to follow in Kim’s footsteps by competing in the British reality TV show Celebrity Big Brother after failing to get a piece of the fame pie in the music world. The singer finished last, was rushed to the hospital for emergency dental work, and was then barred from returning to the Celebrity Big Brother house.