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Barbara Walters' 10 Most Fascinating People of the Year - 2011

The Kardashian family:  There's Kim Kardashian, who has become a contemporary sex icon due to the success of the E! reality series 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians,' a much-publicized sex tape with then-boyfriend, singer Ray J, and many revealing photo spreads, including a 2007 nude shoot for Playboy. She also made headlines on Oct. 31, 2011 after she filed for divorce from basketball player Kris Humphries, her second husband, after 72 days of marriage.  The family members are both celebrated and hated by viewers, who routinely make fun of them online. Kim Kardashian was earlier this year named as one of the least trusted celebrities (see list). Barbara Walters told them they are known for 'famous for being famous.' 'I think it's more of a challenge for you to go on a reality show and get people to fall in love with you for being you,' Kim Kardashian told her on the ABC host's special. 'So there is definitely a lot more pressure I think to be famous for being ourselves than to play a character.' When asked about her sex tape, she told Walters: 'I've make mistakes in my life, for sure.' Kim Kardashian appears on 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' with family members such as her sisters Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian and Kylie and Kendall Jenner, her brother Rob Kardashian and her parents Kris and Bruce Jenner. Walters said the Kardashians earned $65 million last year and that matriarch Kris Jenner takes 10 percent. She acknowledged that this is true.   The family's show has spurred spin-offs such as 'Kourtney and Kim Take New York,' whose current second season features Humphries, as well as 'Khloe and Lamar,' which stars NBA player Lamar Odom and showcases his life with wife Khloe. The show's upcoming second season will be filmed in Dallas. Odom was recently traded by the Los Angeles Lakers to the Dallas Mavericks. Rob Kardashian also appears on that show and also competed on ABC reality series 'Dancing With The Stars' in the fall of 2011. (Pictured: Barbara Walters appears with Khloe, Kim and Kourtney Kardashian as well as Kris Jenner for her '10 Most Fascinating People' of 2011 special.')
December 15, 2011 3:01:38 PM PST