Kim Kardashian, who landed at No. 6 on the list of Best Summer Bodies of 2011, was voted the most annoying celebrity in a poll of over 60,000 respondents surveyed by Parade and Yahoo.
Fan Obsession Over Kim’s Looks Has Made Her Rich
In a statement Sept. 23, 2011, Parade and Yahoo surmised that Kim’s media overexposure from her recent wedding to NBA star Kris Humphries and nonstop honeymoon updates earned her the “most annoying” title, garnering 29% of the total votes.
Jersey Shore star Snooki also made the Top 5, as did Charlie Sheen and Donald Trump:
Most Annoying Celebrities
1. Kim Kardashian 29%
2. Charlie Sheen 27%
3. Snooki 21%
4. Lindsay Lohan 16%
5. Donald Trump 5%
6. Brad Womack 1%
Of course, poll results can be misleading, since Kim, 30, is the one of the most talked-about celebs in Hollywood, who not only has three hit reality tv shows, but also has a signature fragrance, clothing line, exercise video, diet pills and is set to launch her own makeup line.
Kardashian also reportedly sold the rights to her wedding photos to People magazine for $1.8 million and is set to make millions on a 4-hour tv special airing Oct. 9 and 10, 2011.
‘Kim Has Made Cellulite & Curves Acceptable’
While Kim’s astonishing mainstream popularity as a fitness role model has come under attack because she got liposuction and uses diet pills, tabloid editors say Karsashian’s icon status is actually helping curvy women be more accepting of their bodies.
“Women are a little bit tired of the cookie-cutter Hollywood ideal,” former Shape editor-in-chief Valerie Latona has said. “The fact that…Kim admits to having cellulite and she’s curvy — it resonates with women.”
‘Lack of Talent Makes the Kardashians Relatable’
Tabloid editors say the Kardashian girls — none are of whom are your average tall, skinny, blonde, blue-eyed starlet — can help impressionable young women become more accepting of their own imperfect bodies.
“To be a successful cover star, particularly with body subjects, you have to be a likeable star, and they also have to have a body the readers want to attain,” said Dan Wakeford, editor of Life & Style (which features the Kardashians practically every week).
“Covers that feature quotes such as ‘I have cellulite; so what?‘ are part of what makes the Kardashians relatable, and as a result, their physiques seem more attainable.”
The fact that Kim and her sisters have no obvious talent, such as a great voice or acting skills, actually helps them be more likeable to the average tabloid reader, says Wakeford.
“They’re not doing crazy, extreme diets and they’re really, really likeable,” he says. “The fact that they don’t have a talent such as singing and acting per se helps, because the readers feel they can attain the level of fame and the glamorous life that these girls live.”