THIS may seem bare-ly believable, but it is ten years this month since Kim Kardashian and her bottom first found fame.
And both her star status and her rear end have only grown since.
Kim, 36, once said of her prize booty’s global status: “I’m an Armenian girl, I have shape and it turned out people like that.”
Here, to mark the tenth anniversary of Keeping Up With The Kardashians hitting TV, we look back at the development of Kim’s, er, cracking career.
BEHOLD! The butt starts here.
In July the world got its first proper sight of Kim and her finest asset in this snap.
Despite a sex tape she had made years previously being released four months earlier, Kim, 26, was still so little known at the time that the caption simply referred to her as “the daughter of OJ Simpson’s lawyer”.
Then, on October 14, Keeping Up With The Kardashians hit TV screens for the first time.
BY now the cheeks were starting to get a life of their own. In April of this year Kim’s golden globes were the focus of a bust-up.
After a falling-out, Paris Hilton – who Kim had previously worked for as a PA – said Kim’s derriere looked like “cottage cheese inside a big trash bag”. For good measure, she added: “It’s gross!”
Cue even more attention on the rear in question, here seen looking very toned and natural on a holiday in Miami in November.
Kim said of the insult: “If Paris thinks my butt looks gross I don’t care. At least I have a butt.”
BY now, Kim’s bum was a global phenomenon, building its own fanbase – including some famous names.
Kim said of Britney Spears: “She said she loves me and loves my butt and how she wants to be my lesbian lover. It’s totally freaked me out.”
Momentously, Kim joined Twitter in March – on the same day as Elizabeth Taylor.
It was four days after her nemesis Paris Hilton sent her own first tweet.
JUST asstounding! Keeping Up With The Kardashians was by now pulling in a record 4.7million viewers on America’s E! channel – the network’s highest ever ratings.
Amid new heights of fame, 29-year-old Kim posed naked for W mag.
She said: “I don’t know if I’ll pose nude again. I’m too old for that now.’’
Thankfully she’s absolutely pants at sticking to resolutions.
OH, the cheeks of it! This was the year that rumours suggested Kim’s rear seemed bigger — and cosmetic surgery might be responsible.
Outraged, she had an X-ray to prove speculation wrong and fumed: “Who the hell of a normal person would get butt implants?”
In August, Kim wed basketball star Kris Humphries and on honeymoon proudly wore her new name where she knew it would be seen.
IN what was a great moment for both posterity and for posteriority, in February Kim posted on Instagram for the first time. She now has 103million followers.
Her marriage to Kris only lasted 72 days before she filed for divorce but in April she began dating pal Kanye West, saying: “It’s very comforting to have someone that knows everything about you.”
WHAT a tail-spin – social media went into a frenzy in October when Kim posted this now- infamous “belfie” in a white leotard.
She was showing off her post-baby body after having daughter North four months earlier.
Kim declared: “I’m doin’ it with class, ’cause I got a big ass.”
In just five hours, the post got nearly 400,000 likes.
Five days later, on Kim’s 33rd birthday, rapper Kanye West proposed. A booty-ful moment.
THE year her butt blew our minds and “broke the internet”, in photos taken for Paper magazine.
This cover showed her dressed like Audrey Hepburn while exposing a well-oiled and spectacularly full moon.
Mag editorial director Mickey Boardman said: “So many people have asked us, ‘Oh, is that butt . . . it can’t be real, it’s padded, you added to it’. That is all 100 per cent Kim Kardashian.”
The same year, in May, Kim wed Kanye. Bet they enjoyed a lovely honey-moon.
IN a big thank you for all her achievements, Kim was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.
And in February, Kim revealed that until the start of the year, when this belfie appeared on Instagram, she had been going commando for most of her life.
She said: “I only just started wearing underwear a month ago. And I never used to wear underwear until then.”
In December, Kim gave birth to son Saint West. Not South West as had been rumoured. Bummer.
TUSH-TUSH! Kim put the very foundation of her fame at risk when she went on the no-carb Atkins diet.
The new mum, below in August, told a shocked world: “I want to lose my bum.
“It’s weird how your body changes with different babies. I want to get to Kim 2010-11.”
But it all turned out OK in the end – while she might have given up most carbs, she never ditched her buns.
RUMPOLOGIST Sam Amos – who “reads” rears in the same way palm-readers get clues from hands – says: “Kim’s bottom has helped her become an iconic figure.
“And her backside is now a celebrity in its own right thanks to our fascination with the female form.
“For centuries people have worshipped the rump in the same way we have revered religious figures.
“This is because a curvy backside represents childbearing femininity and unleashes powerful forces in the human mind.”