Kim Kardashian sat down with Van Jones of “The Van Jones Show” to speak about her relationship with the White House and prison reform.
In June 2018, the reality star convinced Donald Trump to pardon Alice Marie Johnson, a first-time nonviolent drug offender. Her passion for prison reform is what is leading Kardashian to become a lawyer.
Last year, the mogul started an apprenticeship with a law firm, and now she is hoping to take the California bar exam in 2022.
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“I don’t want to be put in a box,” she told Van Jones. “I saw a comment where someone said, ‘You need to stay in your lane. You can have ambitions but don’t be too ambitious.’ … I read it to my husband in bed, and I was just like, ‘This will even push me harder.'”
Her husband, Kanye West, and the rest of her family are all supportive of her. “Coming home, I have my backpack. [My kids] have their backpack. They’re studying, I’m studying. And them seeing that I have this filming career and I’m having makeup samples tested all over my arm while I’m trying to read my flashcards … I hope that they get inspired to know that they can put in the hard work,” she said.
Her father, Robert Kardashian, who represented O.J Simpson, is one of her inspirations for becoming a lawyer.
“It’s in me,” Kardashian said.
The mother of three also discussed her relationship with the White House.
“I know I got so many times people would say to me, ‘Don’t go to the White House, your career will be over, don’t go there,” she said.
“I just kind of weighed the decision where it was like … to save a life or to get maybe bad tweets about me or a bad news story for a few days. I guarantee you the people sitting behind bars do not care who the president is. They just want that relief. And so if I could have done that, I don’t care,” Kardashian added.
The full interview airs on “The Van Jones Show” on April 20 at 7 p.m ET on CNN.