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The Kardashian sisters are known for starring in reality television shows and multiple media headlines, but the clothing designers who have had their share of controversy insist that they are also role models.
Various people have disagreed with the idea of the Kardashian sisters being good examples for young women, including mixed martial artist Ronda Rousey who spoke about the Kim Kardashian being a negative influence on society.
"I would beat the crap out of Kim Kardashian actually," Rousey told EsNewsReporting.com at the ESPN Body Issue wrap party last summer. "Any girl who is famous and idolized because she's in a sex video with some guy and that's all that she known for…I think it's so stupid. Sorry, but it's true."
However, in a recent interview with Daily Mail UK, Kim insisted that she works to encourage women.
"You have to take responsibility for the role you've been given, and I think our brand is about empowering women,' Kim told the publication. "Just last night I was with some girlfriends and we were saying how much we enjoy encouraging women to start businesses."
Khloe Kardashian also agreed that she and her sisters were doing their parts as role models.
"For me it's about owning who we are. I mean, we are Armenian and I get people thanking me all the time for bringing awareness to the Armenian community," the youngest Kardashian sister told Daily Mail. "So we do stand for something – owning who you are no matter who that is."
Kim described her definition of a "role model" to the publication, one that she feels she and her sisters work to embody.
"I feel being a role model goes beyond fashion or body image. Yes, it's about looking and feeling our best, not just in what we wear but in health and fitness and beauty, too," she told Daily Mail. "It's about a strong work ethic, about being the best we can be every day."