Kim Kardashian and Mark Ballas by Kelsey McNeal/ABC
Just in case you were confused, there are two Kim Kardashians: The shy person who stars in her family's reality series, Keeping Up with the Kardashians
. The reserved person who poses for Playboy. The party girl who makes the rounds of L.A. clubs but doesn't drink. And the model who's happy in front of a camera, unless she has to dance.
Kardashian, the third celebrity to get the boot (read the episode recap here
), never quite married the two Kims on Dancing with the Stars
. And the thing is: She knows it. "When people see me with my sisters on our show and they're really loud, they think that's me too," she says. "But if you really look, I'm quiet. I just sit there and giggle. When I go to a nightclub and they want a picture, I'll get up and do a dancing pose, and that's it. I sit on the side and observe. I don't even drink alcohol. The people here [at Dancing
] are shocked, backstage. They'll say, 'Hey, let's have a drink before the show to loosen up.' And I'm like, 'I don't do that. I never drink. I've never liked it.' I just go out because I love to dress up."
At least she got to do that for the last two weeks. "Kim really is a shy person," says her stepfather, Olympian Bruce Jenner, who sat ringside every night. "I know for a fact that this is the hardest thing she's ever done in her life."
Certainly the hardest in terms of dancing. Her only prior experience on a ballroom floor was the father-daughter dinner dances her late father, Robert Kardashian, would take her to when she was a little girl. "My dad and my sister would go," says Kim, "and we would slow dance together in a little triangle."
But it was nothing like the circus atmosphere of Dancing with the Stars
. "He would be floored by all this," she says. "He would've wanted me to come home and teach him everything. He loved to dance."
She thinks her late father would have been proud of her. And she's not sorry about any of it. "I really wanted to break out of this shell," she says. "It was a personal goal of mine. And if the judges ripped us, my attitude is, I did the best that I could do." - Deborah Starr Seibel Vote now in our Power Rankings poll
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