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20 Lost Kim Kardashian Pop Culture Moments

From ‘CSI’ to cupcake mix, the lesser-known exploits of a ubiquitous star

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MIAMI BEACH, FL - MARCH 24: Kim Kardashian celebrates the online shoe society ShoeDazzle.com's first birthday at the Bentley Hotel on March 24, 2010 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)

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What does Kim Kardashian do, exactly? Well, in nearly a decade, the reality star has quite nearly done it all: Actress, singer, author, model, host, brand ambassador, entrepreneur, video game subject and cupcake enthusiast. The most famous member of reality TV's most famous family has ignored every criticism thrown at her to become the hardest-working woman in showbiz. Though her TV show and social media dominance take top billing these days, there is a deep well of lost Kim K moments worth revisiting. Here are a few you may have forgotten. 

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‘The Simple Life’

Long before she was the most famous reality star in America, let alone someone people were Keeping Up with at all, Kim was a bit player on a series led by a completely different reality-show dynasty. In 2006, a year after her sister Kourtney's reality show debut (Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive) and a year before the famous sex tape, Kim began popping up on her then-BFF Paris Hilton's series The Simple Life. Kim played only a minor role, mostly assisting the bossy star of the show, but it set the stage for a long career in front of the camera.

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Fall Out Boy’s “Thnks fr th Mmrs” Music Video

Though her life has been intertwined with the music business since she was a kid, Kim's cameos in music videos boil down to two credits: her unforgettable bike ride with husband Kanye West in "Bound 2" and the perfectly ridiculous clip for Fall Out Boy's 2007 single "Thnks fr th Mmrs." In the latter, she plays bassist Pete Wentz's love interest on a video set run by chimpanzees. Wentz becomes increasingly annoyed with the primate director, especially when he tries to show the bassist how to properly kiss Kim. 

"I'm a fan of Fall Out Boy, and I agreed to do it," she told News Times in 2007. "And it was so much fun working with them. I think music videos kind of all show the same thing. They want a hot girl and cool cars. This one was totally different."

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Reality TV star and former Playboy Bunny Kim Kardashian was among the many celebrities who took part in Wrestlemania XXIV at the Citrus Bowl on March 29, 2008 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by George Napolitano/FilmMagic)

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Host of Wrestlemania XXIV

Before Kim hosted Wrestlemania XXIV, she didn't seem 100 percent sure what she would be doing. "I'm hosting something," she told Sports Illustrated. "I think I may be commentating, too." While photos tell the tale that this did occur, we can't find too much evidence that people remember what she ultimately did do in Orlando that year.

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The Kardashian-Jenners Compete on ‘Celebrity Family Feud’

In 2008, the Kardashian-Jenner family — Caitlyn and Kris Jenner alongside Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian — competed against Deion Sanders and his wife and kids on Celebrity Family Feud. In the end, the Kardashian-Jenners lost, though host Al Roker called their time on the show "an Olympic effort." Later that year, she appeared on another reality competition show: Dancing With the Stars. Even being paired with reigning champ Mark Ballas couldn't help keep her on the celebrity ballroom dance competition for longer than two weeks. The judges called her performances "cold" and felt her and Ballas needed more chemistry in their dances — which included a mambo to "Baby Got Back."

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‘Disaster Movie’

By 2008, Kim was already beginning to become a household name thanks to the debut of Keeping Up With the Kardashians the previous year. Upon becoming a reality star, she caught the acting bug and made her film debut in Disaster Movie, the action and fantasy spoof created by two of the writers from the Scary Movie franchise. In between being introduced at a Superbad-inspired party and being killed by a meteor, she encounters character parodies from the likes of Juno and Sex and the City and even jumps in the ring with Carmen Electra for a brief wrestling match. Disaster Movie wasn't the strongest start to her acting career — the film has a 1% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and was nominated for six Golden Raspberry Awards.

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‘Alligator Boots’

Long before they became the power couple known as Kimye, Kim and Kanye West crossed paths multiple times. One of those encounters includes the unaired 2008 pilot for the rapper's "hip-hop Muppet show" Alligator Boots. The show was meant to be a satire of rap culture via Crank Yankers, but Comedy Central never fully bit.

In a behind-the-scenes look at the show, Kim is dressed up as Princess Leia and is being serenaded by a puppet named Beary White which quickly turns inappropriate. Later, she ditches Kanye — who is dressed as a Storm Trooper — for the puppet. "It's nothing new for me," Kim says. "I play with puppets at home all the time."

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MIAMI BEACH, FL - MARCH 24: Kim Kardashian celebrates the online shoe society ShoeDazzle.com's first birthday at the Bentley Hotel on March 24, 2010 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)

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Long before subscription shopping services became the norm, Kardashian co-founded the online shoe store ShoeDazzle in 2009. The site sends subscribers a new pair of shoes every month starting at $39.95. 

"Me and my sisters always loved shoes," she said at the launch of the site. "We would always try on my mom's shoes. We even went through all of her shoes and picked out which ones that we would get if she, um. . .if she didn't want them. We made this whole list of who was gonna get her shoes." 

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‘Fit in Your Jeans by Friday’ Workout Videos

Long before Kardashian was singing the praises of waist-training corsets on Instagram, she created and starred in the Fit in Your Jeans By Friday three-part DVD workout series. The series is aesthetically confusing since it seems to be both inspired by Kardashian's love of Eighties aerobics videos and "high fashion." Plus the exercises are filmed in a set made to look like a "French parisian apartment." Regardless, Kim makes for a pretty decent fitness instructor who genuinely wants to help you sculpt your best butt possible.

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Elle on ‘Beyond the Break’

In 2009 Kim found herself doing a multi-episode stint on the third and final season of the N's surfing soap Beyond the Break. She played Elle, the new girlfriend of character Vin. Elle butted heads with Vin's exes, and Kim had to get a little feisty for the role. "The most challenging part of playing the role of Elle was just trying to be the mean girl," she told People. "I've never really been that outspoken girl. It's the confrontation that I'm not used to, so I think doing that was really kind of refreshing in a weird, sick way." 

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Debbie Fallon on ‘CSI: NY’

On an episode of CSI: New York, Kim played Debbie Fallon, one half of a scam artist duo with Vanessa Manillo — they claimed to rescue homeless drug addicts, take out large life insurance policies on them and then kill them a few years later when the policies ended. The episode also features musical guest, Train. Despite her close ties to the NBC-owned E! Network, Kardashian has made cameo appearances on a number of other CBS shows, including sitcoms like How I Met Your Mother and 2 Broke Girls

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The Carl’s Jr. Cranberry Apple Walnut Grilled Chicken Salad Commercial

Participating in the time-honored legacy of creepily sexual Carl's Jr ads, Kardashian sensually enjoyed a cranberry apple walnut grilled chicken salad in 2009.

The fast food chain's CEO Andy Puzder later commented, "We used Kim Kardashian in an ad. But Kim really couldn't eat the burgers. Luckily, we had a salad we were promoting, so we used Kim in the salad ad. But if we had not been promoting a salad, we probably never would've done an ad with Kim, because she wasn't good at eating the burger. She's too tiny. She's really little." He later apologized, stating, "At the time we were looking to cast our newest hamburger commercial, Kim, our top pick, was going low-carb and couldn't eat the burger on the bun. However, she was perfect for the new salads we were introducing, so we hired her for that now iconic campaign instead. We love Kim, she was an absolute joy to work with, and we wouldn't hesitate to work with her again."

Kardashian has also worked as a spokesperson for Midori liquor, Hype energy drinks, It'Sugar candy and Famous Cupcakes.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 04: Kim Kardashian at the Kardashian Glam Pack Of Silly Bandz Launch Party at Kitson on Roberston on February 4, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/WireImage)

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Kardashian Silly Bandz

Not even the Kardashians were free from the great Silly Bandz plague of 2010, which caused young people across the nation to cover their arms in novelty-shaped silicone bands, occasionally to the point of circulation loss. As of writing this, there are still 17 bags of the glam novelty rubber bands in stock on Amazon, so act fast!


The Kardashian Kard

In a moment of peak alliteration, the Kardashians unveiled the "Kardashian Kard" with MasterCard in 2010. Unfortunately the prepaid debit card didn't quite pan out as smoothly as its name. The card was widely criticized, most notably by Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen who included the zinger, "Keeping up with the Kardashians is impossible using these cards" in his criticism of its incredibly large fees and marketing towards young adults. The card was taken off the market less than a month after its debut. Hopefully the mere 250 consumers who actually purchased the card didn't cut it to shreds, because it is sure to be a collector's item for the ages.

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The Skechers Shape-Ups Super Bowl Commercial

Kardashian's 2015 T-Mobile spot wasn't Kim's first self-parodying Super Bowl ad. In 2011, she starred in a pseudo-pornographic spot in which she ditches her trainer for a pair of Skechers Shape-Ups. However, less than a year later, Skechers lost a class-action lawsuit and had to dole out $40 million to customers for claiming that Shape-Ups could help people tone muscle and lose weight more than regular sneakers. 

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Kim’s Debut Single: “Jam (Turn It Up)”

Following in her mother Kris' footsteps, Kim released her first and only single in 2011, "Jam (Turn It Up)," along with a music video in which she mostly appears to be writhing around in molten wax. While critics weren't too thrilled with such artful lyrics as "My whole clique's on the floor/We're gonna party then party some more," they couldn't hate too hard because half the proceeds from the song benefitted St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. In August 2014, Kardashian revealed to Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live that the song was her biggest regret in life, "It's definitely a memory and it was a fun experience," she said. "We gave the proceeds to a cancer organization, but if there's one thing in life that I wish I didn't do. . . .I don't like it when people kind of dabble into things they shouldn't be. And that I don't think I should have. Like, what gave me the right to think I could be a singer? Like, I don't have a good voice."

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Deena Confronts Kim on ‘H8R’

For only four episodes in 2011, Mario Lopez hosted H8R, a show on the CW where celebrities met with, of course, their "biggest haters." Kim appeared in the same episode as family friend and Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis and confronted a woman named Deena who felt that Kim was appropriating black culture with her "fake booty" and relationships with African-American men. The appearance is notable for the open dialogue between the pair on race and appropriation. "I one billion percent rep my Armenian community," she tells Deena. "Just because you've seen a few people who have been high-profile and black, I don't feel like it's really my responsibility to rep his culture when I don't know a lot about it."

In the end, the conversation turns to the conversation of invisibility. "People have given me shit for my shape since I was young, and it's hard dealing with that sometimes," Deena reveals. "I think you and Beyoncé have kind of opened up that world for people like us who have voluptuous shapes."

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Brand Ambassador for Midori Liqueur

From 2011 to 2013, Kardashian served as brand ambassador for melon-flavored neon green liquor Midori — but soon after becoming pregnant with North she was replaced by Vampire Diaries star Candice Acceola. She now serves as spokeswoman for Hype energy drink, which she's also probably had to put a pause on drinking since the onset of her second pregnancy. 


Ava in Tyler Perry’s ‘Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor’

In 2013, Kim landed one of her highest profile acting gigs yet: a supporting role in Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor. In the film, she plays Ava, the designer-label-obsessed co-worker of the film's main character, Judith. She won a Razzie Award for her efforts.

Kim's inclusion upset Perry's female fanbase so much that he had to write out an explanation on his blog for the decision. "Whether you're aware of it or not, to be honest with you I wasn't, millions of young people adore [Kim] and are following her every move," he wrote. "If one of those young people see this film and find the strength to live a better life and not go through what these characters went through in this movie, then we have all done what I feel I'm being led to do here."

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Qurchhhh on ‘American Dad’

Just last year, Kim voiced a furry alien named Qurchhhh on American Dad. "She loves the show, and Kanye has stopped by the writers' room so I know that he's a fan," executive producer Mike Barker explained of Kim's involvement. "I think when her people told her we wanted her, she was already predisposed to say yes."

In the episode, the sex-crazed Qurchhhh lands on Earth and is immediately attracted to the show's leading alien, Roger. In the end (spoiler alert!) once all the hair is removed from her body following a car crash, the alien turns out to be Kim herself.

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