Kim Kardashian is damaging to the feminist movement. Arguably the world's most well-known female celebrity, Kim uses her popularity to promote the message that women are no more than their physical appearance - a message feminists work hard to fight against. Chelsea Samelson writes in the New York Post that Kim's self-adulation is dangerous to the millions of young female followers who see in her that vanity and looks are all you need to succeed. It is anti-feminist to promote that power comes from appearance alone.
Kim Kardashian is good for feminism as she is broadening its definition. Over the decades, feminism has evolved from equal opportunity for women to something more narrow, political and even radical. Emily Zanotti writes in HeatStreet that Kim Kardashian's refusal to be labeled or pigeonholed is exactly what feminism needs today. As most of Kim's followers don't follow politics, she is serving as an ambassador to a new demographic of the women's movement, who see and support their icon's independence, entrepreneurship and busines savvy.