At first blush, Kim Kardashian seemed indistinguishable from any of the twenty-something actresses, models and socialites whose faces littered the pages of gossip magazines and web sites in the early millennium. Like so many of them, she had access to fabulous wealth, male companions of varying celebrity pedigrees, her own reality series and an uncanny ability to appear wherever the paparazzi were swarming at any given moment. But what separated Kardashian from that maddening crowd was not so much what she did but what she had - to wit, an inordinately bountiful posterior that demanded and received cult-like worship from celebrity chroniclers. Prior to Kardashian's arrival on the scene, only Jennifer Lopez's rump had received so much devotion from so many admirers. However, unlike La Lopez, Kardashian appeared to have no problem showing off her back end in all its glories in a purloined bedroom videotape with second string R&B star, Ray J. Star power and idol worship trumped any bad feelings that may have resulted from the video's leak, allowing Kardashian's grip on media coverage to not only continue unabated, but expand to other venues like feature films and television competitions. Perhaps just as important to her stardom as her posterior was the success of the Ryan Seacrest-produced reality show based around her rather large and glamorous family, "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" (E!, 2007- ) - a show which humanized the young woman, putting a face and a heart with the fabled behind.