While no one and everyone was watching, Chyna was making calculated moves to close in on her own empire with a precision and finesse that not even the Kardashians saw coming. And not just any black woman, but a video vixen who was never supposed to see the inside of the country clubs the Kardashians frequented growing up.Before becoming the fiancé of the only Kardashian son, Blac Chyna was best known for her past as a stripper.As the New York Times put it, Kris Jenner has changed the nature of celebrity: She and her family have turned “famous for being famous” into a new industry.No one does this better than the Kardashian/Jenners, the Lannisters of Calabasas.He is also involved with several business ventures and owns his own designer sock line called Arthur George.“Question,” Khloé Kardashian says to her older sister Kim Kardashian West while the two are alone (excluding the filming crew and millions of Keeping Up With the Kardashians viewers watching at home) in Khloé’s giant kitchen.“Don’t we think it’s kind of a miracle that Rob — who doesn’t even show up to Christmas for the past three years, literally, he wouldn’t leave his room — the fact that he has now created a Snapchat, the fact that he now wants to be so public, blows my mind,” she says through pursed lips.Though he initially planned to study law, he didn’t apply to any law college after graduation and instead decided to pursue an alternative career as a reality TV star and businessman.Along with the series focusing on his family, he has also appeared in other TV shows such as ABC's ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ during which he was placed second.
“She gave him confidence, more power to her,” she says, while notably dancing around Blac Chyna’s name like it’s Voldemort.“Some pussy’s getting him to remove his braces and shave his beard and work out,” Khloé continues without flinching.“My thing is do what you want, do what makes you happy, whatever,” Kim muses.
“But he should have said to us, ‘Hey guys, this is how I feel, I can’t help who I love, I fell in love with her, but Kylie should know this.’ He has no loyalty.” Khloé nods before repeating her sister’s words for the viewers in the cheap seats: “He has no loyalty.” For many people, arguably Kris Jenner among them, it may seem as if Blac Chyna came out of nowhere: the PR equivalent of Venus rising fully formed from the foaming sea with an engagement ring in one hand and a pregnancy announcement in the other.
But look closer and you’ll start to notice Chyna everywhere: dancing in rap videos, sitting courtside at NBA games, making appearances on your favorite reality show, in the pews at the biggest celebrity wedding of the decade. And so the Kardashians, a family often accused of stealing black men, black features, and black culture, got beat at their own game by a black woman.
So when Chyna, an actual black woman, decided to not only get a slice but come for the entire Kardashian pie, those watching couldn’t help but cheer as she swooped in.
But to really understand Chyna’s rise, let’s look at where she started.