Kim Kardashian visited the Harvard Business School as a guest speaker on Friday to speak about SKIMS, her multibillion-dollar shapewear company, according to NBC10 Boston. The reality TV star was joined by a film crew and spent an hour and 45 minutes on campus.
“I think a lot of people don’t respect her as someone who co-runs a multi-billion dollar company,” said a student named Liz, who attended the seminar.
“Just learning from someone who has built such a successful business was really exciting, and I think having the privacy of not having cameras in the room, being able to have a heart-to-heart conversation was also special,” continued Liz.
Kardashian, who launched Boston-based private equity firm Skyy Partners last year and has become a strong advocate for prison reform, chronicled her trip in true Kardashian style — and posted an Instagram video of her 6 am workout. before visiting Boston Common.
After sharing a photo of the newly opened Martin Luther King Jr. memorial, “The Embrace,” Kardashian headed to Harvard. She posted a video of the snow-covered campus before the start of her class, “Moving Beyond: Direct to Consumer,” according to The Boston Globe.
“The exciting part is sitting down with these founders and finding out what their dream is,” Kardashian told The Wall Street Journal about Skyy in September. “I want to support what that is, not change who they are in their DNA, but just support them and take them to a different level.”
Not everyone was as enthusiastic as Kardashian, however. While faculty support expert Maddie Yardley happily captioned a video of Kardashian’s arrival on Twittersome felt the reality TV star had no place at Harvard — and expressed those sentiments on social media.
“Kim Kardashian was born into wealth” one person tweeted.
“Attempt to use a sex tape to launch an acting or singing career; neither has been released,” they continued. “Kim K was rich enough to make a scripted reality show work because she and her family have no shame. Harvard is as cheesy as the Kardashians are now.
However, Kardashian has something to offer Harvard students, as Forbes valued SKIMS at $3.2 billion last year. Her influence, however, has led to meetings with former President Donald Trump and clemency for people convicted with exorbitant sentences like Alice Johnson.
Ultimately, keeping up with the Kardashians is a single-minded pursuit that has now brought followers to Harvard.