And without Paris Hilton or Ray J putting Kim in the spotlight, these 10 people might not be as well-known as they are. (OK, let's be honest, they wouldn't be.)
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Jonathan Cheban: The PR Pro
Sure, Jonathan is a successful publicist in his own right, but he rose to prominence as Kim Kardashian's "BFF" after appearing on her reality shows. He even nabbed his own short-lived reality show (The Spin Crowd) because of that. It turns out being a Kardashian bestie certainly has its perks.
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Joyce Bonelli: The Artist
How do the Kardashians always look so perfect on the red carpet? They have pal Joyce by their side! The makeup artist rose to fame after people started to take notice of the ladies' flawless faces.
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Malika Haqq: The Actress BFF
The actress nabbed a few movie roles before her BFF, Khloe Kardashian, landed her own Keeping Up With the Kardashians spin-off series. It focused on K's relationship with then-husband, Lamar Odom, and Malika became a main character on the show — even after she quit as K's assistant. Rob also had a crush on her.
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Blac Chyna: The Big Booty Bestie
This #Belfie put the model and ex-stripper on the map and obviously made Kim realize the pair had a lot in common. Need we say more?
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French Montana: The Rapper Beau
To be fair, French is a rapper and has a couple of hits under his belt, but did any Kardashian fan (or anyone who follows celeb news) even know about this guy before Khloe began dating him after her split from husband Lamar? We're going with a no.
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Scott Disick: The Lord Father-of-Almost-Three
When this Long Island native began dating Kourtney in 2007, he probably had no idea he'd be catapulted to stardom. At first, people were very uneasy around Scott, questioning his motives and actions. Fast-forward seven years and two kids (with one more on the way) later, and the Lord has become a fan and Kardashian family favorite.
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Brittny and her mama, Lisa, did have their own reality show even before the Kardashians took over E!, but the socialite and model is even more famous now for being one of Kim's closest gal pals.
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Kris Humphries and Lamar Odom: The Ex-Athlete Husbands
Fact No. 1: Both men were already professional basketball players when they met Kim and Khloe, respectively.
Fact No. 2: People outside the sports world only know them because of who they were married to.
Fact No. 3: And people outside the sports world will only continue to talk about them if it has to do with their ex ladies.
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Riccardo Tisci: The Fashion Designer Favorite
Creative Director for Givenchy? Not too shabby. But this guy's name is even bigger now because he calls Kim and Kanye West dear friends. Oh, and Hollywood's most talked-about kid, North West.