Parks and Recreation actress and comedian Mara Marini puts two of the most talked about celebrity couples head to head in our weekly debate and asks you to decide: Who’s hotter?
Kanye Omari West was born June 8, 1977, in Atlanta, Georgia, and his fiancée, Kimberly Noel Kardashian was born Oct. 21, 1980, in Los Angeles, California. Kanye’s father was a former Black Panther who was one of the first black photojournalists at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and his mother was an English professor at Clark Atlanta University. Kim’s father gained recognition as O.J. Simpson’s friend and defense attorney, and her mother, Kris Jenner, is an author and television personality.
Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson was born May 13, 1986, in London, England and Kristen Jaymes Stewart was born April 9, 1990, in Los Angeles, California. Robert’s father was an importer of vintage cars, and his mother worked for a modeling agency. Kristen’s father is a television producer and stage manager, and her mother is a script supervisor.
Kimye: West is a successful entrepreneur, hip-hop recording artist, record producer, songwriter and fashion designer with 21 Grammy Awards to his name. Kim is a television personality who first gained media recognition from her friendship with Paris Hilton and went on to be part of her family’s reality show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians on E!. She has since created an empire with her fragrances and television shows. A naked Kim is featured in Kanye’s new music video, Bound 2.
Robsten: Pattinson began his film career playing Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and went on to worldwide fame by playing Edward Cullen in the Twilight series. In 2010, Time magazine named him one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. A child actor, Stewart had appeared in a number of films before landing her break through role of Bella Swan. She was in The Safety of Objects, Panic Room and Cold Creek Manor. According to Forbes, she was the highest-paid actress in 2012 with total earnings of $34.5 million.
- 1. Kanye lived in China for a year when he was 10 years old.
- 2. He is quoted as saying Scarlett Johansson is his favorite white girl.
- 3. He has a metal plate in his chin from a near-fatal car accident in 2002.
- 1. Kim is from Armenian, Dutch and Scottish ancestry.
- 2. Kim’s favorite chocolate is Hershey’s Kisses.
- 3. Kim became a personal stylist to recording artist Brandy Norwood in 2002 and was a personal shopper and stylist for Lindsay Lohan.
- 1. After getting expelled from school at age 12, Robert began modeling.
- 2. He has two older sisters that used to dress him up like a girl and introduce him to people as Claudia.
- 3. Robert can play guitar and piano very well and composes his own music. (He has two songs on the Twilight soundtrack.)
- 1. Kristen’s favorite food is sushi, and her favorite place to travel is Paris.
- 2. To prepare for her role as a stripper in Welcome to the Rileys, she hung out at a New Orleans strip club to learn how to pole dance.
- 3. She had to wear brown contacts during the filming of Twilight as she has green eyes.
Kimye: Kim and her sisters were named in a $5 million class action against the weight loss supplement QuickTrim that they endorse. Since giving birth to North, she has been training with celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson to get back into shape while still keeping her curves. Kanye has trained with celebrity personal trainer Harley Pasternak and was seen leaving a boxing gym earlier this month.
Robsten: Robert trained with Tamsyn Hamilton to get his shirt shedding body ready for Twilight. Slender and lean, Kristen dedicated herself to Pilates and running for Twilight and added some strength training for Snow White and The Huntsman.
Kimye: West founded the Kanye West Foundation in 2003 (he changed it to his mother’s name in 2008), which works to provide underprivileged youths with access to music education and battles dropout and illiteracy rates. Kim is donating proceeds of her clothing auction to victims of Typhoon Haiyan, but is getting some heat as it was recently discovered that only 10 percent of sales will be donated.
Robsten: Robert volunteered for Hope for Haiti Now and has been involved with several charities. Kristen is a member of the Red Cross National Celebrity Cabinet.
Kimye: Kanye got Kim a kitten, but, sadly, it died from a “virus often associated with breeding.”
Robsten: Robert had two dogs, Patti and Bear, but they passed away in 2010 and 2011. Kristen has four wolfdogs: Jack, Lily, Jella and Oz.
Kimye: Kanye attended a university in Chicago, but dropped out at age 20 to pursue music. Kim attended a Catholic all-girls high school in Los Angeles.
Robsten: Robert attended The Harrodian School in London and became involved in theater at the Barnes Theatre Company. An acting agent saw him in a production of Tess of the d’Urbervilles and started sending him out professionally. At age 8, an agent saw Kristen performing in a Christmas play, and she began auditioning professionally after that. Kristen attended school until seventh grade and then completed high school by correspondence.
Kimye: West was engaged to designer Alexis Phifer in 2006 and after their breakup in 2008, dated Amber Rose until 2010. Kim eloped to marry music producer Damon Thomas when she was 19 years old; in 2007, a sex tape that she filmed with Ray J in 2003 was “leaked”; she had an on-again, off-again relationship with Reggie Bush from 2007-2010; and married professional basketball player Kris Humphries in 2011 for 72 glorious days. Kanye and Kim have been friends for years but began dating in March 2012 and welcomed their first child, North Nori West, this past June.
Robsten: Before Twilight, Kristen dated actor Michael Angarano. Shortly after their breakup in 2009, Kristen and Robert started dating. The couple took a break after Kristen had an affair with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders. The couple have recently rekindled their relationship.
About Mara Marini
Mara Marini is a Canadian film, television and theater actress perhaps best known for her recurring role as Brandi Maxxxx on the hit NBC comedy series, Parks and Recreation. Marini has also appeared in a number of indie comedy and horror films. In 2013, she launched a popular digital comedy video series called Inside Dating on Break.com. She will soon be guest-starring on Disney’s Kickin’ It and shooting a politically incorrect feature comedy this fall. For more information on Mara, check out her official website, www.maramarini.com, and follow her on Facebook or on Twitter at @popgloss.