Kim Kardashian is undoubtedly one of the world's most talked-about reality TV celebrities. The famous Armenian star is just 32 years old. However, what do the people of Armenia think about her fame?
Kim Kardashian is a widely recognized face across the UK and U.S. She gained popularity through her reality shows and a sex tape that got accidentally leaked.
Her recent pregnancy news made front-page headlines. Newspapers and news websites including Washington Post, Le Figaro, and the BBC wrote stories about her news.
It's rare for a day to go by where Kim isn't featured on sites such as Mail Online, E-Online, and TMZ.
Millions of people, old and young, follow her movements on a daily basis. While many idolize her, some aren't as taken a back and are actively hostile towards her. Some have branded her another reality star obsessed with the idea of fame.
However, for many, it's impossible to disregard her surname without being reminded of her Armenian heritage. It's a well-known fact that Kim is Armenian. Her family is all of Armenian descent.
So, some might wonder how does a country like Armenia, with a population of only three million, think about this woman?
Kim's face is plastered on the front pages of newspapers, magazines, and billboards every day. This is particularly the case in Yerevan, the capital city of Armenia. Despite this, it doesn't necessarily mean that her country loves her.
Kim's fame and fortune should be enough to make her home country proud of her. However, due to cultural issues and traditions that divide opinions, the people of Armenia refuse to accept that she is Armenian.
In fact, Kim is often at the center of many jokes made on comedy shows. She is often portrayed in a negative light. It's believed that her videotapes and intimate public life are what has prevented Armenia from accepting her. The last thing that the people of Armenia want is for other countries to think that Armenians are all like Kim.
Generations divide Armenia's view of Kim. While younger generations tend to support and idolize her, older generations that still live by traditions, are less than pleased.
A 22-year old public relations officer named Lucy Harutiunyan explains how age has a significant impact on how people view Kim. She states how young girls see her as a sexy fashion icon and aspire to be similar. The younger generation loves her and her Armenian descent. On the other hand, older people tend to have more conservative opinions and judge her regularly.
Despite the differences of opinions by generation, many admire the way that Kim has used her star status to speak openly about significant Armenian issues like the murder of Armenians under Turkish rule during WW1.
It goes without saying that Kim is not the only international celebrity to cause mixed feelings from their home country. Many years ago it took explorers or emperors to place a town on a map. These days, actresses, musicians, politicians or a sports star is more likely to put a country in the spotlight.
Love or hate her; Kim has got the nation talking more about Armenia than most others ever have.