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.
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!