Kim Kardashian, the icon whose complete mastery of garnering media attention simply for being herself has shifted pop culture to some's chagrin and other's delight, reportedly would like to be much, much less famous after being robbed and gagged during Paris Fashion Week. In fact, according to reports, production on Keeping Up With The Kardashians has been put on "indefinite hiatus" according to The Daily News. The E! Network has confirmed the news.
It's ironic, then, that so many people were swift to jump to the conclusion that the theft might have been some sort of stunt staged to goose ratings for the reality show. As it turns out, the last thing Kardashian wants at the moment is more publicity.
Official statements from Kardashian's inner-circle are sparse, and the few that have been made are grim. Best friend Jonathan Cheban was quoted as saying that Kardashian is doing "not so good" after the attack. Sister Kourtney posted a telling image from a prayer book to Twitter this morning.
"Remember that joy is not dependent on your circumstances," read the page. "Some of the world's most miserable people are those whose circumstances seem the most enviable. People who reach the top of the ladder career-wise are often surprised to find emptiness awaiting them."
Media reports purport to fill in the gaps.
People magazine reports that Kardashian is "blaming herself" for the robbery, and will rethink her entire public persona. That includes reconsidering everything from her fashion statements down to her social media activities.
“Kim’s in shock and blaming herself. She’s tearing herself up that she Snapchatted the ring so much and wore it all the time. This incident is making her question everything. How she dresses, what she does,” an anonymous insider told People.
According to the story, Kardashian also has no interest in replacing the $4 million engagement ring that was stolen during the robbery. West gifted Kardashian the ring earlier this summer, but the reality star reportedly still has the original engagement ring the rapper used to propose to her.
Kardashian had been in Paris to attend fashions shows like Balenciaga, Givenchy, and Balmain, but left Europe for New York as soon as possible following the robbery. She was photographed this morning, in a large white hoodie over her head and a baseball cap drawn low over her brows (a stark contrast to her usual public look), leaving a New York City apartment, and is reportedly heading back to Los Angeles.
All of Kim's previously scheduled public engagements over the next few weeks, including a makeup tutorial appearance in Dubai, have been canceled.
As mainstream as it may be, the influence of Kardashian's particular brand of fame has wafted throughout all forms of American culture from television to publishing to fashion to, even, art.
Of course, it's only to be expected that Kardashian would want to seek out privacy following the serious incident, but only time will tell if Kardashian herself turns her own back on that particular brand of fame.
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