Kim Kardashian and Alice Marie Johnson finally meet face-to-face
Over the years, reality TV stars have received many undesirable nicknames: good-for-nothing, trashy, talentless, money-grabbing, nobodies, you know the drill. However, it turns out that even when you become famous for exploiting your personal life on the screen, you can still do a lot of good in the world - as Kim Kardashian has proved in the past few weeks.
The socialite proved everyone wrong recently when she used her fame for good, meeting with President Donald Trump to ask for a pardon for Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old great-grandmother who was serving a life sentence for a first-time, non-violent drug offence.
Amazingly, about a week later it was announced that Alice - who had served over 20 years in prison by this point - had had her sentence commuted by Trump and was to be released straight away.
This week, the 63-year-old finally met her saviour for an interview aired on NBC's The Today Show. During the interview, Kim revealed that, having first heard about the case through a viral video online, it had become a "mission" that she flatly refused to fail.
"It became this mission I didn't want to give up," she told Today's host, Hoda Kotb. "I think to some people it might seem like: 'Kim made a phone call to the president and showed up.' We had been in talks and working on this for seven months. It wasn't an instant thing."
Weirdly enough, Alice had no idea who the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star was before finding out that she was pushing for her release. "I did not know her name. I did not know Kim," she stated. "As soon as I found out who she was I started getting every magazine I could find, I started reading everything I could about her. I was amazed."
In addition, Alice spoke of the moment that Kim told her that she was free, saying: "I thought it was an attorney call, when my case manager was waiting on me, and it was. But I didn’t know that Kim was coming in. I believe she said 'you can go home now. Are you ready to go home?' When she said that, I went into full-fledged Pentecostal holy dance. I started screaming and jumping. I was dancing, I was doing everything."
Kim also gave her own take on the magical moment, telling Today: "At first I thought she knew because the news was starting to break and we had to get her on the phone. She was kind of quiet on the phone and I know her personality enough to know that she would have been screaming, or something. And I said, 'wait, you don’t know?' and she said, 'know what?' and I was like, 'you are going home'. And screams, and cries and we all just cried on the phone."
The great-grandmother was given life without the possibility of parole when she was convicted of drug conspiracy and money laundering in 1998, this being her first offence and a non-violent one. She had become a drug mule after going through a divorce, losing her job and the death of her youngest child and has since described her decision as one of the "worst mistakes" of her life. The 63-year-old's commutation will not erase her conviction, only end her sentence.
After her release, she called Kim an "angel", stating: "I’m just so thankful. I feel like my life is starting over again." She also thanked Trump for giving me another chance at life and restoring me to my family".