What does it take to succeed as a woman in business? According to Kim Kardashian, the answer is simple: You just have to work. Huh. I’ll have to try that sometime.
Kim K dropped this pearl of wisdom during her new interview with Variety, alongside her sisters Khloé and Kourtney Kardashian and their mother, Kris Jenner. “I have the best advice for women in business,” she told the magazine during the cover photo shoot. “Get your fucking ass up and work.” Kim, I’m a writer, I literally have to sit my ass down to work. But then it got worse when she added, “It seems like nobody wants to these days.” I’ll pause for laughter now.
Besides being a thoroughly unhelpful piece of advice, the declaration that “nobody wants” to work coming from a multimillionaire who got famous on a reality-TV show and was born into a life of privilege is pretty, well, pretty rich. That’s not to say that Kim isn’t a hard worker — as you can see on her Instagram, she has many businesses, four kids, and wakes up early to work out every day so that she can keep her famous figure. I would never want to work out as much as she does, let alone work in general. But, come on, Kim, there’s people that are dying.
Then there was her sister Kourtney’s reaction to Kim’s statement — “That’s so true.” So. True. This coming from the woman who tearfully declared on national television, “Working is just not my top priority. It’s never going to be.” (A perfectly respectable, reasonable, and healthy life choice!) This from the woman who got into a physical fight with Kim because she was accused of not working hard enough.
Kim continued to wax poetic about all the work she seems to think we are not doing. “You have to surround yourself with people that want to work. Have a good work environment where everyone loves what they do, because you have one life,” she said. “No toxic work environments, and show up and do the work.” In Kim’s defense, these are all nice ideals. Who doesn’t want to love their work and not be forced into a toxic work environment? But, if I may give this media mogul some constructive criticism, the next time you want to give career advice, maybe don’t imply that other people aren’t successful because they’re lazy.