How the Kardashians changed fashion, from beauty to bottoms

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How the Kardashians changed fashion, from beauty to bottoms

‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’ might be drawing to a close, but Kim’s style legacy lives on

Melissa Twigg

The Kardashians have influenced the way we all dress. You may look at that sentence, snort and think: “Well, not me.” But the big-bottomed, corset-wearing, Latex-loving, makeup-flogging sisters from LA have shaped the current aesthetic in more ways than one.

On Tuesday, Kim announced on Instagram that Keeping Up With The Kardashians would come to an end in early 2021. Given the enormous impact the family has had on fashion and culture, it’s odd to think that when they shimmied onto our TV screens 13 years ago they were known only for Kim’s sex tape and Bruce Jenner’s athletic career. It was 2007 and skinny blondes were everywhere; Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Aniston were voted People’s most beautiful and Lindsay Lohan was Maxim’s Sexiest Woman Alive.

Then the Kardashians slowly began their world domination. When the show first aired Kim was no style icon, appearing in a series of questionable thigh-high boots, furry shawls and glittery camouflage dresses that looked more like an early-years Christina Aguilera tribute act than anything resembling high fashion...

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