Kim and Kanye's divorce may have a silver lining — for one of them
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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's 'banal' divorce may have a silver lining — for one of them, anyway.
The announcement was a classic Friday afternoon news dump. With the weekend within sight, TMZ reported that Kim Kardashian West had finally filed for a long-speculated divorce from her third husband, Kanye West. Released strategically, the news fits the Instagram-filtered approach to life we have come to expect from the Kardashian/Jenner clan. They only want us to look at what they want us to look at. Blemishes should be either sanded off or smoothed over. Ending a relationship is messy and sad and complicated. But for the reality star, this might also be an opportunity. The end of Kardashian West's almost seven-year marriage shouldn't be seen as a blemish, though. Ending a relationship is messy and sad and complicated, especially when millions of dollars and multiple kids are involved. But for the reality star, this might also be an opportunity. She will finally have a shot at being her own woman, publicly. Free from the limitations of those who have tried to control her for decades, who is Kim Kardashian minus the "West"? The answer is going to be fascinating — and likely quite inspiring. Famously, Kim Kardashian got her first real taste of celebrity as the girl who used to organize Paris Hilton's closet, and, much like Hilton, she built that attention with a reality show on the back of the release of a sex tape. In 2007, "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" debuted on E! to instant success, but its star was destined for longer-lasting and higher-earning fame than her pal Paris ever achieved. First there was her mother, Kris Jenner, the woman for whom the word "momager" was trademarked. Jenner may be an overbearing Svengali who oversees her family's careers with an iron fist. But when I think of her, I think of the famous "Kim you're doing amazing sweetie" GIF of Jenner recording video of her daughter while she does a racy photo shoot. Jenner's behind-the-scenes cheerleading was manipulative yet effective. Another thing working in Kardashian West's favor? She…