Kim Kardashian has undergone a style evolution, and it is in part credited to her ex, Kanye West. Last night (December 7) at the 2021 People’s Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California, Kim was presented with The Fashion Icon award.
“I am honestly so humbled to be here. I mean, I started off as a closet organizer and a stylist. So the fact that I am winning a Fashion Icon Award, it’s like a pinch-me moment,” she said while accepting her award. “Thank you to Kanye for really introducing me to the fashion world. And I fell in love with fashion, and I’m so inspired by so many people. But again, this is like a dream that I get to wake up and wear these amazing clothes and just try new things — you know, take a risk.”
Once the personal stylist and assistant to Paris Hilton, picking out looks for The Simple Life, Kardashian is no stranger to fashion. But her early 2000s looks were a far cry from the high fashion and couture outfits for which she is now famed.
“I really think that my relationship with my husband Kanye really changed everything,” she told CNN in 2015. “I mean, back in the day, I thought I had the best style. I look back at outfits and I’m, like, mortified.”
In one famous episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians from the early days of their relationship, West brought his personal stylist to the star’s house to clean out her closet. He even went as far as emailing Kim with directives like “You cannot wear big glasses anymore.”
Over the course of their relationship, Kim became a regular fixture at fashion week front rows and graced the best-dressed lists of fashion magazines.
Kardashian filed for divorce from West in February. The filing cited irreconcilable differences and Kardashian is seeking joint custody of the couple’s four children.