Not that we watched them… ahem.
- Sarah Polonsky, BettyConfidential.com
A very naked Kim Kardashian covered in silver paint is about to grace the pages of the upcoming W magazine. We got to thinking-how did the curvaceous Kim get to be so wildly famous? Her whole family is on every other page of every other magazine. It's the Kardashians on the TV and Internet, in ads and on shows, wearing skintight dresses and covered in thick make-up, all day everyday. Anyone who's watched these sisters on their show knows they have no recognizable talent. So how did their launch to stardom take off anyway?
It all began with a sex tape. Kim K followed the path paved by Paris Hilton. Paris pioneered the "art form" of reaping mass amounts of fame from a leaked sex tape, making it laughably easy for Kim to follow in her footsteps. Now Kim and her sisters, with all their exposed flesh and curves, are seemingly taking over the country- or at least it feels that way.
Let's take a stroll down memory lane to see some of the hottest, most scandalous celeb sex tapes to date.
1. Kim Kardashian and Ray J
Living proof that if you're already a socialite (and Paris Hilton's crony) all you need to make it big is a sex tape. Before there was Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kim kept something else up… Ray J's disco stick, if you will. Ray J, whose claim to fame started out as being R&B singer Brandy's brother, may or may not have had a little something to do with the leaked tape. What you may not know is Kim wound up settling a $5 million deal with Vivid Entertainment for it's distribution in the end.
2. Paris Hilton and Rick Salomon
This film made millions of men want to spend 1 Night in Paris. The creepy night vision green lighting didn't deter the world from flocking to their local sex shops and online porn destinations to scoop up their copy and watch as Paris posed for Shannen Doherty's ex. The best part is when she stops mid-romp to answer her cell phone. In the words of the celebutante…that's hot!
3. Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee
It was the sex tape heard 'round the world. Filming your honeymoon sex on a private rented yacht is definitely the right way to do it. You may have forgotten that before the court battles and evil accusations these two kids were slavishly hot for one another. They got it on all over the boat leaving it ready for a hose down. When the tape was stolen from their home it went the DVD-sale equivalent of viral. Ah, the good old days. The pair wound up going to court in order to receive their share of its earnings. After all, they did all the humping and pumping… it's all in a day's work.
4. Pamela Anderson and Bret Michaels
Before Pam made the sex tape with Tommy there was Bret. The best part about this at-home porno is that it was shot when they were young, hot and not at all washed up, which is very hard for most of us to remember. Okay okay, so they're both clearly inebriated to oblivion and Bret is more into looking at himself than his busty partner- it's still a classic.
The former presidential candidate may or may not have already knocked up his mistress at the time their home porno was shot. The court ordered the tape must be turned over to determine if hush money paid to Hunter by Edwards' 2008 Presidential Campaign constituted a violation of campaign finance laws. We've heard in the video, Edwards is belly down performing oral sex on Rielle. He was always good with his mouth-using it for speeches though.
6. Kid Rock, Scott Stapp of Creed and 4 groupies
This disturbing little piece of cinematic history was going to be released by porn company Red Light District in 2006, but one of the women involved filed to block it. Kid Rock blamed Stapp for the tape's release, filed an injunction and called him and "idiot." That's no way to treat your co-star/ orgy buddy, Kid.
Sarah Polonsky is a senior editor at BettyConfidential.To read more from BettyConfidential:
- Our Celebrity Sex-ception List
Sex Terms You Should Know: Party Lingo
- Oral Sex and Stripper Blogs: What We Learned About Men in October