Old photo of Kim Kardashian aged 17 emerges and she's unrecognisable

The Kardashians have come to dominate popular culture in unprecedented fashion.

One can barely walk down the street without being confronted with images of one member of the Kardashian/Jenner family or another, and they dominate our phones, too, whether through the filtered corridors of Instagram or in some news story, usually speculating on whether one of the girls might be pregnant.

While that speculation has now come to an end - in case you somehow missed it, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West welcomed a baby via a surrogate, while Khloe Kardashian is currently expecting and Kylie Jenner recently gave birth to a baby girl named Stormi - the furore around the Kardashian/Jenner family is ceaseless.

In Kylie Jenner's announcement that she had given birth, she wrote;

"I'm sorry for keeping you in the dark through all the assumptions. I understand you're used to me bringing you along on all my journeys. my pregnancy was one I chose not to do in front of the world. I knew for myself i needed to prepare for this role of a lifetime in the most positive, stress free, and healthy way i knew how. there was no gotcha moment, no big paid reveal i had planned. I knew my baby would feel every stress and every emotion so I chose to do it this way for my little life and our happiness."

After this, fans became convinced that the social media queen was engaged after spotting a ring on her engagement finger in a recent Instagram post.

Of course, much of the Kardashians currency is their image, and how they so masterfully portray it. This has led Kylie Jenner to become a multi-millionaire through her makeup empire, while Kim has followed suit with her own cosmetics range.

Now, though, a photo has emerged of Kim Kardashian when she was just 17-years-old, and it's fair to say that she has changed a lot over the intervening years.

Of course, we all change as we get older, go through puberty and experience a change in our circumstances. Moreover, the social mores and fashions of the day have a larger bearing on our appearance than most of us would care to admit, but, inevitably, since its Kim Kardashian, people are shook by her transformation.

Frankly, it would be a little more bizarre if Kim looked identical to her 17-year-old self - despite retaining remarkably youthful looks, however, she does not look an awful lot like the image her mom Kris posted to Instagram.

Who knows what direction the twisting, turning behemoth that is Kardashian fascination (I'm coining that phrase) will turn in next. One thing is for certain though; whatever happens next, we'll all be watching, writing, and reading about it.

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