Last night, the Council of Fashion Designers of American honored Kim Kardashian West with the Influencer Award presented by actress Busy Philipps. Receiving a CFDA is the highest honor one can receive in the fashion industry, but this year’s Influencer Award was the first of its kind. With her 112 million followers on Instagram and various successful ventures in the industry, there’s no denying that the 37-year-old, who once served as Paris Hilton’s personal assistant, has had her career come full circle.
After gracing her seventh Vogue magazine cover, Kim opened up about a former publicist who told her that landing a magazine cover would be unrealistic in last night’s acceptance speech.
“I mean, it was maybe seven years ago when I had a publicist and she asked what I—what were my goals, what were my dreams, and I said I just want to be on the cover of a fashion magazine, and she said to me, ‘Let’s get some realistic goals ‘cause that’ll never happen.’ And so, of course, I sent her my Vogue cover when it came out, an autographed copy, but so it’s really a trip to me that now I’m up here getting an award for fashion when it’s something that I’ve always loved so thank you so much for this. It means a lot.”
From pioneering the shoe subscription service ShoeDazzle back in 2007, to licensing deals with Sears and most recently her KKW beauty and fragrance line (which amassed $14.4 million in sales in less than five minutes), Kim poked fun at herself that she was shocked to win a fashion award when she’s ‘naked most of the time.’
“I’m kind of shocked I’m winning a fashion award when I’m naked most of the time,” she joked during her acceptance speech. “But this is seriously such an honor,” she continued, “so thank you to the CFDA for this award
While husband Kanye West was unable to attend the awards that took place at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City, sisters Kendall Jenner and Kourtney Kardashian were right by her side.