The arc of Kim Kardashian‘s career is bending towards a new vocation: criminal justice lawyer.
In a revealing Vogue feature, the reality star and perfume magnate said she has undertaken a four-year legal apprenticeship, with the goal of passing the bar and actually working in the state of California.
Kardashian said her interest in the field came after her involvement in the case of Alice Marie Johnson, a great grandmother who was handed a life sentence for a first-time drug offence.
After becoming informed about the issue via social media, Kardashian became embedded in the campaign to commute her sentence. Those efforts ended up in a White House meeting with none other than US President Donald Trump, who wiped the remainder of Johnson’s time behind bars.
Activist and media figure Van Jones, who was a key figure in the campaign, says he was surprised as he “watched Kim Kardashian unleash the most effective, emotionally intelligent intervention that I’ve ever seen in American politics.”
The feature fairly suggests Trump was liable to listen to Kardashian on account of her fame and similar background as a reality TV star. Kardashian seemed to accept that position, while suggesting she could use her unique status in more effective ways.
“I’ve always known my role, but I just felt like I wanted to be able to fight for people who have paid their dues to society,” Kardashian said.
“I just felt like the system could be so different, and I wanted to fight to fix it, and if I knew more, I could do more.”
While juggling her commitments to Keeping Up With The Kardashians and her other business endeavours, Kardashian is currently studying with lawyers within the #cut50 campaign.
The process will allow her to eventually take the bar without actually attending law school.
It’s a fascinating read, made all the more fascinating by the fact her father, Robert Kardashian, was one of the more notable defense attorneys of the 20th Century – and yes, Kardashian says she was enthralled by the forensics of the O.J. Simpson case.
You can read the whole deal here.