As a young black woman trying to make a name for herself in a white male dominated world, there is...

As a young black woman trying to make a name for herself in a white male dominated world, there is a fair share of boss women that inspire me including Frida Kahlo, Oprah Winfrey, Malala Yousafzai, Laura Lacquer, Madam C.J. Walker, and my mom. 

Kim Kardashian West is also on that list.

This may sound extremely bizarre to most because of the way the media portrays her and because of some her past actions, but KKW has made herself into a household name and has dominated multiple industries. To elaborate, we all know about the unfortunate 2007 sex tape leak of Kardashian West and her boyfriend at the time, Ray J, that ultimately left her with a great amount of profit and access to a newfound fame. That same year, KKW landed a reality TV series, Keeping Up with the Kardashiansfocused on herself and her family on E! Television. The show is now on it’s thirteenth season and has been running for the past 10 years.  

In the meantime, not only has Kim has earned herself an estimated net worth of $175 million but she’s also paved the way for her family to be earning the same type of money. KKW is a businesswoman, a mogul and an icon; she showed the world that women, although constantly ridiculed for their sexuality and their sex appeal, are also capable of dominating the game and inspiring other women to do the same. Kim’s ability to put her entire life on display but remain a constant influencer in the domains of fashion, makeup, technology and modelling is what has made me respect her and her grind. 

The fact that KKW has never shied away from the fact that she loves her body and isn’t afraid to show it but still continues to work hard and own multiple businesses is why she’s in my list of feminist icons. She inspires me to always try my best to remain in control of situations even if they’re unfortunate, she reminds me to love myself above all and she pushes me to want to work hard for the things I desire in life. 

Furthermore, although she’s depicted as "st*pid" or lazy by the media and by haters, KKW has actually proved countless times that she’s all about her business, her grind and her hustle. Whether it’s her clothing storeher TV showher makeup collaborationsher app store video game or balancing life as the mother of two children, Kim has shown me that she never loses focus of her career and furthering it.

Additionally, I admire KKW because she’s been vocal about matters in politics, race, feminism and health. As a woman, I have found that many of my ideas or opinions have been shut down by men simply because they either think I’m not smart enough to hold a valid opinion or because somehow, men are always right when it comes to certain topics. 

Kim doesn’t stay neutral in order to cater a specific group of people and she always speaks her mind when she feels something isn’t right. For example, she used her website to endorse Hillary Clinton, to speak out against police brutality and to explain her fight for the empowerment of womenI bring this up because although Kim is well aware of her brand and the damage that can be done when picking sides in politics and world topics, she doesn’t let this stop her. This inspires me because as an online social justice writer looking to open up as many opportunities in the digital media world, I feel as though I am constantly walking on eggshells in order to protect my professional career. 

As a woman, specifically a woman of colour, nothing is handed to you in life and you are going to have to work three times as hard as the white male next to you. Fortunately, I have women like Kim Kardashian West and the rest of the women I previously mentioned to inspire me to just keep grinding until I am thoroughly satisfied with my level of success.