Kim Kardashian West IS ‘Legally Blonde’–and Her Recreated Elle Woods Harvard Video Essay is a Riot

Kim Kardashian West as Elle Woods from "Legally Blonde"
Kim Kardashian West as Elle Woods from "Legally Blonde"

Kim Kardashian West posted photos and video of herself as Elle Woods to social media and fans are in love. While I’m not a huge fan of the Kardashian clan or empire, Kim’s pics of her spot-on Elle Woods costume was a treat, and the iconic Harvard Video Essay she recreated had me dead. Her choice of costume also seemed to be a not-so-subtle reference to her own decision to become a lawyer earlier this year, for which she received a lot of eye-rolls and criticism.

The parallels between Elle Woods and KKW are pretty obvious: both are wealthy socialites who were often perceived by their peers as being too dumb–or too female–to be successful of their own merit. While both the fictional Elle and the very real Kim were born with several waxed and polished legs up on the rest of society, there’s no doubt that not everyone with those privileges can achieve what Kim and her family have in the last few years.

Kim’s decision to become a lawyer came after working with CNN commentator, social justice advocate, and attorney Van Jones. She participated in his work in criminal justice reform, and has been avidly following and drawing attention to various cases where people were unjustly prosecuted or sentenced. I admire the choice to pursue law for the benefit of social justice, and it’s a very different direction than the one her late father Robert Kardashian took.

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Last year I registered with the California State Bar to study law. For the next 4 years, a minimum of 18 hours a week is required, I will take written and multiple choice tests monthly. As my first year is almost coming to an end I am preparing for the baby bar, a mini version of the bar, which is required when studying law this way. I’ve seen some comments from people who are saying it’s my privilege or my money that got me here, but that’s not the case. One person actually said I should “stay in my lane.” I want people to understand that there is nothing that should limit your pursuit of your dreams, and the accomplishment of new goals. You can create your own lanes, just as I am. The state bar doesn’t care who you are. This option is available to anyone who’s state allows it. It’s true I did not finish college. You need 60 college credits (I had 75) to take part in “reading the law”, which is an in office law school being apprenticed by lawyers. For anyone assuming this is the easy way out, it’s not. My weekends are spent away from my kids while I read and study. I work all day, put my kids to bed and spend my nights studying. There are times I feel overwhelmed and when I feel like I can’t do it but I get the pep talks I need from the people around me supporting me. I changed my number last year and disconnected from everyone because I have made this strict commitment to follow a dream of mine – It’s never too late to follow your dreams. I want to thank Van Jones for believing in me and introducing me to Jessica Jackson. Jessica along with Erin Haney have taken on the role of my mentors and I am forever grateful to them both putting in so much time with me, believing in me and supporting me through this journey. This week I have a big torts essay due on negligence. Wish me luck ✨⚖️

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I wish Kim the best in her career, and hope she keeps proving people wrong and using her voice to become a better role model. Meanwhile–check out these gorgeous behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot!

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