Another day, another Kim Kardashian selfie…but this time it features the legendary Elizabeth Taylor.
To honor her late role model, the new mom recreated one of Liz’s most iconic portraits. In the Instagram shot, Kim shows half of her face. She wears heavy eye makeup, a bath towel on her head and flaunts the huge 15-carat diamond engagement ring Kanye West gifted her in October. Behind her hangs the original image of Liz.
“My idol,” Kim captioned the pic with a diamond ring emoticon.
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Kim has idolized Liz since childhood. And in 2011, before Liz passed away from congestive heart failure at age 79, she got the chance of a lifetime when she was asked by Harper’s Bazaar to interview her idol for the February 2011 issue. She even recreated Liz’s unforgettable Cleopatra look for the mag.
At the time, Kim had only been married once to Damon Thomas from 2000 to 2004.
“You are my idol. But I’m six husbands and some big jewels behind. What should I do?” she asked Liz. (Fast-forward to 2013 and the reality star is on her way to wedding No. 3 — she filed for divorce from Kris Humphries 72 days after their Aug. 20, 2011 nuptials and got engaged to baby daddy Kanye on her 33rd birthday. Whew.)
“I never planned to acquire a lot of jewels or a lot of husbands. For me, life happened, just as it does for anyone else,” responded Liz, who got married eight times to seven men and had four children. “I have been supremely lucky in my life that I have known great love, and of course I am the temporary custodian of some incredible and beautiful things. But I have never felt more alive than when I watched my children delight in something, never more alive than when I have watched a great artist perform, and never richer than when I have scored a big check to fight AIDS. Follow your passion, follow your heart, and the things you need will come.”
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Following Liz’s death, pieces from her luxe jewelry collection were auctioned through Christie’s New York. It was reported that Kim bought three jade and diamond bracelets designed by Lorraine Schwartz, who worked closely with Liz and now designs for Kim.
“I am so saddened about the passing of Elizabeth Taylor!” Kim tweeted about the news on March 23, 2011. “She will always be my idol!”
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