Kim Kardashian has set her sights way beyond the beauty counter. After working with the White House to commute the life sentence of a nonviolent drug offender, the reality star says she was inspired to become a lawyer herself, despite the criticism and mockery she knew was coming.
She told Van Jones in an interview aired Saturday on CNN: “I know I got so many times people would say to me, 'Don't go to the White House, your career will be over, don't go there.’ And I just kind of weighed the decision where it was like … to save a life or to get maybe bad tweets about me or a bad news story for a few days. I guarantee you the people sitting behind bars do not care who the president is. They just want that relief. And so if I could have done that, I don't care.”
Since working with President Trump to commute Alice Marie Johnson’s sentence, she has worked with lawyers and activists on criminal justice reform; she decided she could do more as a lawyer.
After revealing her plans to Vogue, social media went bonkers, and she noted the disdain, she says, adding that she does not “want to be put in a box.”
Kim recalled of the reaction: “You have to to this because this is what people expect of you. I saw a comment where someone said, 'You need to stay in your lane. You can have ambitions but don't be too ambitious.' To me, that shut up and dribble comment, I read it to my husband in bed, and I was just like, 'This will even push me harder.'”
She says her husband Kanye West and their three children support her.
“Coming home, I have my backpack. My kids have their backpack. They're studying, I'm studying. And them seeing that I have this filming career and I'm having makeup samples tested all over my arm while I'm trying to read my flashcards … I hope that they get inspired to know that they can put in the hard work,” she said.
Her late father, Robert Kardashian, also inspired her, she said. “It’s in me.”
Speaking of her parents, Kardashian also said that she was mystified by the college fraud scandal that has swept up 50 people, including Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman.
“If they couldn’t get into a school — I would never want to use privilege to try to force them into a situation that they wouldn’t thrive in anyway,” the 38-year-old told Jones. “To buy your way into something just wouldn’t benefit anybody.”