By Gina Roberts Grey

Sassy. Curvy. Sweet. All have been used to describe actor, model, and author Kim Kardashian, 30, star of the hit reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians. One word that doesn’t fit: spoiled.


Even though she grew up in Los Angeles and attended Marymount High School, alma mater to scores of celebs, Kim says she wasn’t spoiled – her parents made sure of it. In fact, Kim is often telling stories of how her father, the late Robert Kardashian, famed O.J. Simpson lawyer, and mother, Kris, would have never allowed diva behavior. In fact, when Kim turned 18, they cut her off financially so she wouldn’t lose sight of her inner strength and beauty.   And by all accounts, it looks like her parents’ hard work and tough love paid off.

Between rumored romances, hanging out with celebrity pals, and dozens of entrepreneurial endeavors, the brunette bombshell is always making headlines. Even more remarkable is that  when she’s fending off paparazzi, giving an interview, or dodging questions about her personal life, Kim is always well-spoken, grounded, and poised – traits many say define her unwavering beauty and strength.

Kim’s Signature Style

When she’s not in front of the camera promoting “Kardashian Konfidential,” the book she co-authored with sisters Kourtney and Khloé, or developing a new clothing, perfume, or jewelry line, Kim regularly shares photos, style tips, and updates on her desirable life at  Among some of her highly sought-after beauty advice – how to care for her naturally long, lush lashes. She has said that even though her lashes are real, and long lashes run in the family, she’s a big fan of wearing fake lashes for shoots and big events. Kim’s secret to making her own lashes appear super long: Take your time applying several coats of different mascara.

And just like “real women,” Kim has admitted to having dark circles under her eyes. But she doesn’t let them ruin her look. She’s been known to banish dark circles and fine lines by touching up under-eye circles with concealer after applying foundation.  Of course, Kim knows no beauty regimen is complete without a great hairstyle. Her favorite coif: slicked back in a bun to show off those telltale lashes, sparkling eyes, and high-wattage smile.

Wondering what Kim calls “the best invention ever”? It’s her make-up wipes that she uses to take off her makeup every day and keep her skin blemish-free.

 Kim’s Cardio Combo

Kim isn’t shy about the fact that she works hard for her curvy, well-toned body. To maintain a healthy weight, accentuate her curves in all the right places, and keep cellulite under control, she relies on a combination of cardio and sculpting. She works with a trainer to tone, and she rarely misses a day on the elliptical machine or the treadmill.  Kim knows there’s nothing easy about staying fit and healthy. So in lieu of fad diets or trying the latest weight-loss phenomenon, for her it’s all about watching calories and exercising. And because she loves to start the day on a healthy note, Kim’s often in the gym early in the morning. Her motto: There’s nothing better than getting up and going right to the gym.

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