The fashionista and social media influencer made her unbelievable rise to international superstardom on her family’s eponymous show Keeping Up With The Kardashians, which first aired in 2007. Away from her life in reality TV and marriage to husband Kanye West, the US star is studying law as part of a four-year apprenticeship, specialising in human rights. She used her position to leverage a meeting with President Trump two years ago to talk about prison reform and sentencing guidelines. Kardashian successfully petitioned the world leader to grant clemency to Alice Marie Johnson – who had served more than two decades in prison for a non-violent drug offence. The star, who celebrated her 40th birthday today, revealed her take on how she was about to influence the US President.
While Kadashian admitted she had a “sheltered upbringing”, she recalled becoming enraged during conversations with her attorney father Robert about the criminal justice system.
She claimed her parent, who famously defended OJ Simpson during his murder trial until 1995, taught her “what’s fair and what’s not”.
Those feelings of injustice towards certain issues, led her to make impassioned speeches to the President during several visits to the White House.
Kardashian said: “If I feel like something isn’t fair, I’ll say something, maybe privately. And if I can plant a seed, great.”
The reality TV star claimed that her friends thought being associated with President Trump could damage her reputation – but she claimed not to care because the causes she championed were important.
Kardashian told The Times last year: “I don’t care who it is. I’m just glad someone is listening and making a change.
“I hope to have an amazing relationship with the next president. I hope to still have a voice for people on the inside, who do not care at all who signs their commutation paper.”
The turning point, which sparked her activist awakening, was being robbed at gunpoint in 2016 while she was in a Paris apartment.
Despite thieves escaping with millions of pounds worth of jewellery, she claimed it “took something out of me in the best way”.
Kardashian continued: “All the things that really mattered to me then – how many bags I had, what car I drove … I still like all that stuff, but it doesn’t matter. It could go away.
“For so long people have tried to partner me with causes. But this was the first thing where I thought, you know what, I want to go to law school, I want to help people.
“Now I’ve come to a realisation about what I care about. No publicist would have ever told me to get into prison reform.”
She revealed that part of her decision to focus on this area of law was in-part spurred on by being the mother of four African-American children.
Kardashian said: “I want my children to have a fair life. And I do believe that race does play a huge role in the criminal justice system, if you look at all the numbers.”
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She cited the 2003 statistic that one in three black men will be locked up in their lifetime, a fact she claimed “did weigh heavy on my heart”.
In May this year, the Pew Research Centre reported that black imprisonment rates had fallen by a third since 2006.
They noted a drop from 2,261 per 100,000 adults over 18 in prison in 2006 to 1,501 at the end of 2018 – compared with 797 hispanic and 268 whites.
Despite this apparent reduction the numbers still remain high as African-Americans make up only 13.4 percent of the US population, the second largest minority group, according to the 2019 US Census.
Kardashian also admitted that she had toned-down her dress sense in recent years and wears less “sexy clothing”.
She claimed this was inspired by seeing “full nudity” on her Instagram feed while she scrolled down the social media site with her children.
The star also felt that her professional ambitions could be dampened by more provocative displays in photoshoots.
Kardashian said: “I also did think, like, ‘OK, I’m here in the White House’ and then the next day I was posting, like, a crazy bikini selfie.
“And I was thinking, I hope they don’t see this. I have to go back there next week.”