Kim Kardashian Thanks Kanye West in Her Acceptance Speech at 2021 People’s Choice Awards


Kim Kardashian once again made it clear that while her marriage with Kanye West may not have worked out, she’s still thankful for everything he brought into her life — especially all the great fashion.

On Tuesday night, the reality star was honored with The Fashion Icon Award at the 2021 People’s Choice Awards for her influence on and contributions to the industry. For the occasion, Kardashian wore a custom black velvet Balenciaga catsuit with attached gloves and boots, big, sparkly earrings, and Balenciaga Haute Couture Fall 2021 sunglasses. As she accepted the award from last year’s winner, Tracee Ellis Ross, the Skims founder gushed, “To receive the award from the fashion icon herself, I am so honored. Thank you.”

She continued, “I’m humbled every single day that designers are willing to work with me. There was a time when they weren’t. Thank you Zac Posen, who dressed me and took me to my first CFDA Awards, and so many amazing designers like Riccardo [Tisci] and Olivier [Rousteing] that really believed in me. Well, [they] probably [were] talked into it by getting a call from Kanye.” Kardashian then addressed her estranged husband directly, adding, “To Kanye for really introducing me to the fashion world. I fell in love with fashion, and I’m so inspired by so many people. But again, this is like a dream that I get to wake up and wear these amazing clothes and try new things and take a risk. I’m so humbled.”

But this isn’t the first time since their split that Kim has highlighted her gratitude for West and all the lessons he’s taught her. On an episode of the We Are Supported By podcast hosted by Kristen Bell and Monica Padman this summer, the Selfish author revealed, “I got to a point—and maybe [it was] being in a relationship with Kanye for a decade, someone that absolutely didn’t care about likability factor or what any perception of him was as long as he was true to himself—that taught me so much in the best way of just being me and living in the moment.”

She went on to say that she “used to be such a people pleaser,” but as she’s gotten older has learned that the most important thing she can bring to the table is “just being myself first,” no matter what anyone else thinks about it. “You don’t have to please everyone,” the reality star continued. “As long as I’m myself and as long as I’m doing it the way that I want to, like, you have one life and you’re living it for you. That taught me to just be more confident in myself and truly not care as much of what other people thought.”

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