What’s next for the Kardashians?

Love them or loathe them, there’s something fascinating about a family who've made being famous for being famous into an art form, says Georgina Littlejohn.

Forget the Joneses. If there was ever a family worth keeping up with, it’s those crazy, glamorous, headline grabbing Kardashians…

They are a clan that are known in every corner of the globe, a family that turned a reality TV show into a multi-million dollar business and made international famous faces out of them all.

For the past 13 years, this bunch of people have entertained fans with their trivial day to day lives, providing viewers with the perfect escape from reality.

But after 20 seasons, various break-ups, babies, bickering and even a sex change, the Kardashians – and the Jenners – are calling it a day.

Earlier this week, Kim Kardashian West took to social media and announced: “It is with heavy hearts that we’ve made the difficult decision as a family to say goodbye to Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

“We are beyond grateful to all of you who’ve watched us for all of these years – through the good times, the bad times, the happiness, the tears, and the many relationships and children. We’ll forever cherish the wonderful memories and countless people we’ve met along the way.”

Maybe, they’ve realised there is no place for reality TV any more, as I wrote about just last month.

But where do they go from here? They’ve pretty much done it all – had a reality TV show – several, in fact – launched a fashion and make up line, been on the cover of every glossy, and even dabbled in movies.

Have they hit peak Kardashian and now content to stay out of the limelight and retire from public life?

Doubtful. They thrive on being in the spotlight, ‘breaking the internet’, trending on Twitter, making headlines.

They really are Marmite celebrities and love them or loathe them, there’s something fascinating about a family who’ve made being famous for being famous into an art form. And they know it.

Who knows what will become of the Jenners, although Kylie and Kendall will no doubt carry on modelling and being social media influencers.

But the Kardashian girls? Let’s face it, Kim is definitely more famous than her sisters Khloe and Kourtney and her high-profile, highly-publicised marriage to rapper Kanye West has certainly helped keep her in the public eye.

Kim has become politically active and successfully lobbied President Trump for Alice Marie Johnson to be granted clemency while also pushing for prison reform. She also has aspirations of becoming a lawyer and signed up for a four year apprenticeship under the guidance of award-winning human rights lawyer Jessica Jackson Sloan and plans to take the bar exam in 2022.

As she approaches her 40th birthday next month, quitting reality TV could be the start of a new and more serious chapter in her life.

Then again, just 24 hours after announcing she’d quit her show, she posted a video to prove, amid ‘wild’ theories, that she only has five toes.

Kim Kardashian, the lawyer with normal feet, coming to a courtroom near you. With make-up artist, camera and assistant in tow.

While you can take the girl away from reality TV, you can’t take reality TV from the girl.

It’s what she does best. And we wouldn’t want it any other way.

Photo credit: E!

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Georgina Littlejohn

Georgina Littlejohn is a journalist with more than 25 years of experience specialising in general and London news, entertainment and music. She cut her teeth in TV writing for news, sport and showbiz programmes before moving into print, starting at Associated Newspapers where she worked across the board from the Metro to the Standard to the London Lite before ending at MailOnline, where she was one of the senior showbiz reporters. After going freelance and working stints at the Mirror, the Sun, Music Week and Closer magazine, she took a career break in 2014 to work for theatre impresario Bill Kenwright as his Head of Communications. After a year as Senior Homepage Editor for MSN, she is now back freelancing and currently working for the i newspaper and its award-winning website. Georgina also volunteers as a kennel assistant for the Mayhew and as a befriender for Age UK.

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