8 ways the Kardashians are actually doing good in the world
By now, when you hear the word "Kardashian", you most likely sigh heavily to yourself and think "here we go again." It's certainly true that, whether they're making their children snap topless photos of them, Snapchatting lists of their enemies, or gifting the next generation with utterly bizarre names, the reality TV family are never out of the headlines. And it's hardly ever for anything good.
Nonetheless, I'm here to inform you that Kim, Khloe, Kylie and the gang aren't all bad. In fact, some of the things they've done are actually pretty cool. And - here's the surprise - I mean "cool" as in benefiting the world, not "cool" as starring in a sex tape or uploading yet another selfie to Instagram. Amid the controversy, the Kardashians can actually be pretty decent people. Don't believe me? Let me open your eyes...
Of all the family, Kim Kardashian probably has a reputation for being the most self-absorbed, right? Just take a look at her Instagram and you'll see it's a testament to that. However, it's a little-known fact that the mother of North, Saint and Chicago volunteered at Children's Hospital Los Angeles visiting sick kids for years on end. Kim has a long-standing friendship with the hospital and regularly donated money out towards it. And if you think it's all part of a photo op, you'd be wrong. Kim, recognised as an Honorary Armenian Ambassador to the hospital, volunteered for seven years before the press caught wind of her benevolent actions. In addition, the Kardashian family has a history of donating their time to the homeless, often volunteering at shelters. Despite being one of the highest paid models in the world, Kendall Jenner was snapped driving around LA on Thanksgiving handing out food to the needy.
Helping out earthquake victims
While it's true that famous faces lend their names to charities on a regular basis, Kris and Kim went above and beyond when they travelled to Haiti back in 2011 to help victims of the devastating earthquake that changed many people's lives for the worse. Working with the charity We Advance, partially set up by Jenner to improve the lives of women in the country, Kim spent several days visiting orphanages and local bazaars, giving Haitian artisans some well-earned cashflow and bringing global exposure to their crafts. Trips to developing countries aren't actually all that rare for the family, who have also spent time in South Africa where they visited schools and were taught about other social programs in the area.
Teaching the world about transgender issues
Caitlyn Jenner has certainly had her ups and downs, although while it can be said that not everything she does is perfect, it can be said that she has helped normalise transgender people in society. Those struggling with gender dysphoria were helped along thanks to the former Olympian becoming a visible role model in society in 2015. Soon after coming out, Caitlyn signed with Creative Artists Agency's Speakers department and collaborated with the CAA Foundation on a philanthropic strategy focusing on LGBT issues. The star spoke out about her efforts, stating: “I look at it like this: Bruce did just about all he could possibly do. He won the (1976) Games, raised 10 wonderful children, was a couple (in relationships). Then, I finally got the guts to live my life authentically. I’ve lived a fascinating life. Especially now, being in the fourth quarter, I’m happy to be where I’m at. I sincerely want to make a difference, to help my (trans) community.”
Speaking out about interracial relationships
Depending on the area you live in, interracial relationships can be either really easy, or very difficult. It's a sad truth that, even now in the 21st century, some people in interracial relationships have to fight to be accepted. However, when Kim and Kayne began dating, they spoke out about the difficulty of situations like theirs. Kayne opened up about the couple's struggle during the Cannes Lions festival in 2014, telling crowds: "You have to be able to take the lashes when people don’t understand. Two years of people not understanding an interracial relationship, two years of people not understanding the idea of the art world meets the pop world, you have to take the lash and be able to swim in the backlash." In addition, he told Steve Harvey in 2016: “You can’t get me an example of as popular of a mixed couple. And I got friends that have white wives, that have — before there was a Kimye, they’d go to the amusement park and people were talking down to them.” Okay, so we can't praise them for their lack of vanity, but we can say they raised awareness of the issue.
Bringing this important women's issue to public attention
Infertility is unfortunately still a taboo subject in society and many women out there often feel like they can't speak out about their struggle, in spite of the fact that the issue affects 12 per cent of women across the US. However, when Kim opened up about her fertility issues, confirming that she had placenta accreta - when the placenta attaches abnormally to the uterine wall, and can cause an increased risk of heavy bleeding during delivery - it brought the topic into the public eye. During her second pregnancy, she stated: "They think I'll have placenta accreta again, so if the placenta grows a little bit deeper than it did last time, then they are prepared to have my uterus removed, which is a little scary for me." And you thought oversharing was one of the Kardashians' worst traits.
The exact amount of money the Kardashians give away to charity remains unknown; however what we do know is that they've donated millions to different causes over the years. Have a look online and you will see the long list of charities they have supported including the Alzheimer's Association, the American Foundation for AIDS Research, the Baycrest Foundation, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the Diamond Empowerment Fund and the Dream Foundation. In addition when Kim and Kanye welcomed North West into the world, she asked well-wishers to donate to the Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago to help along the treatment of sick babies and the whole family have a history of donating in times of disaster; for example, the family donated $500,000 for Hurricane Harvey relief in 2017. Kim, who gives 10 per cent of her earning to charity has talked about the importance of giving, revealing that her late father, Robert Kardashian, always taught her the importance of giving back. She said: "I don’t publicize everything I do to help charities and people all over the world. I do it because I want to. I do because my dad taught me to. I do it because it’s the right thing to do."
Educating people on the Armenian Genocide
Kim, Khloe and Kourtney's father, Robert Kardashian, was Armenian-American, and his daughters are fourth-generation Armenian. Despite their fame being most domineering in American society, the girls have never forgotten their roots and even came out in support of their heritage on the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, potentially the most traumatic event in the country’s history, during which the Ottoman Turks massacred up to 1.5 million Armenians. In 2015, Kim and Kayne travelled to the capital, Yerevan, where they paid their respects at the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial and Kim discussed the genocide on social media, raising global awareness of the fact that Turkey still refuses to acknowledge the tragic event.
When Kim posts yet another naked selfie on social media, our first reaction is normally "oh for goodness sake, another one?" However, beneath the millions of likes and media attention lies a positive message. The Kardashian family have always been open about their bodies, whether they're thin, curvy, old, young or whatever else, and like it or not, the family's fame is based on openness and honesty and this includes talking about their bodies. Khloe opened up about her healthy weight loss back in January 2018, claiming that her transformation was spurred on by her divorce. She said: "My whole fitness transformation stemmed from my divorce. I really needed an outlet for my emotions. I started working out and the clarity that I received from that was so needed and so therapeutic, and as I by-product I started losing weight. I saw a bit of definition there and thought, 'OK, I'll try and keep this up.'"
So while you might have thought that the Kardashians were too busy waxing, tanning, plucking and preening, it turns out that they're also doing some charity work. Sure, you might not like them. But don't you feel better now you know that they do actually benefit the world in some ways?