After reading up a bit on Kim's career (or whatever you call it), I decided to go with alchemy for this one. There were a lot of links this ended up generating, though to summarize I’d say that she has a mysterious habit of turning common things into pure gold. (Alchemy isn’t science but laid the foundations for what would eventually become chemistry, which I’ve used here too.)
First of all, the choice was great because one of the major tools used in alchemy is the alembic (it’s a type of distillation flask invented by “Cleopatra the Alchemist”, an alchemist whose real name is unknown but who was given that name probably because she was Egyptian and considered to have great powers), which tends to be shaped either like a perfume bottle (some room for interesting expansion there) or like a gourd or hourglass figure—you can see I chose the latter for the center part. I’ve put her name in there with an extra nickname I just created for her shoved in the middle—chrysopoeia is the term for “creating gold” used in alchemy, which could easily be spelled Krysopoeia to keep in line with her family’s tradition of using Ks to start names. The symbol at the top of the flask is both her zodiac symbol (libra—you can see it’s kind of like a scale) and also the symbol for “sublimation" in alchemy (turning solids directly into gas, though here we can just use the connotations of the word “sublime” as ineffable and causing awe in all who see it for her). It’s compounded multiple times with the power of 197, 197 being the atomic mass of the only stable isotope of gold. So yeah, she turns what would otherwise be common into gold (i.e. alchemy).
Along the right you can see a bunch of organic chemical symbols dripping out of the distillation flask (the alembic reminiscent of her figure). These are the chemical compounds for the fragrance notes in her eponymous perfume (Kim Kardashian). I’ve arranged these in the typical stacking or pyramid-like shape for perfume notes (top notes on top, middle notes in the middle, base notes at the base). At the top (first row) are three compounds for the top notes (left-to-right): S-linalool (orangey note), limonene (also orangey), and citronellol (fruity and floral). Then starting below that through the ones that look like long twigs are the six compounds for the middle notes: menthyl anthranilate (tuberose), methyl benzoate (floral), benzyl acetate (floral), nerol (tuberose and floral), geraniol (tuberose and floral), and farnesol (tuberose). Then you have seven more compounds for the base notes: o-coumaric acid (tonka bean), coumarin (tonka bean), dihydrocoumarin (tonka bean), hydroxymethylfurfural (herbal), muscone (musk), alpha-santalol (sandalwood), and beta-santalol (sandalwood).
Sticking with alchemy symbols, I’ve created two cycles at the top right and left. The top right one is the transmutation of “base elements” (like salt as shown with the symbol on the south side) into gold (symbol at the north spot). I thought the transformation of plain “base” elements into gold through what amounts to magic pretty accurately describes Kim K—the fact that her perfumes, sex tapes, emoji packs, and app games end up making tons of money despite being pretty plain is pretty mysterious (though explained later). The outer cycle circle encloses a triangle which encloses a square which encloses another circle; this symbol is called “squaring the circle” (originally from an intractably difficult geometrical problem that you can’t with any finite (non-infinite) number of steps draw a square with the same area as a given circle—assuming the circle has a radius of 1 unit, that implies a square side length of the square root of pi, which is a “very” irrational number (“transcendental”) and unfortunately can’t be anything but roughly approximated with a compass and straightedge no matter how long you try for, but that’s a digression) and was used by alchemists to symbolize the process of creating the philosopher’s stone, which is an object that can transmute “base” metals (like lead, iron, zinc, etc) into gold (maybe because that process was also very mysterious, interesting, and, as it turns out, impossible). There was one (or a few, depending on who you ask) person who was rumored to have created the philosopher’s stone, who was referenced by the monicker Mary the Jewess or “Daughter of Plato” and also symbolized by the sulphur symbol, which is on the left side (you can see it helping to transmute common things into gold). The right side shows the opposite process, turning gold into something common (a salt, for instance), which is actually possible using a reagent (or potion, if you will) called aqua regia (“royal water”), which actually exists (nitric acid and hydrochloric acid mixed in a 1:3 ratio) and can dissolve gold into a useless salt (the gold is still in there, but it doesn’t look like gold anymore). It’s a cycle because she’s continuously throughout her entire career kept on turning things into gold over and over.
On the left the cycle is another alchemy-like one that shows the four elements (earth, wind/air, fire, and water). Some of the earth (south position) can become air (north position) through burning in fire (west position), and the air (north position) can rejoin with the earth through clouds and rain/water (east position). The only of the five elements (a fifth one was added later) that’s missing is the quintessence, a mysterious heavenly substance that can represent the certain “je ne sais quoi” that Kim has. Why is she famous again? Because of <insert hand-wavy reason here>—basically quintessence. She has whatever it is that it takes to become famous—that’s why she’s famous.
At the very top you see a phrase from a poem by supreme Chinese poet Li Bai: 月兔空捣药 (I wrote in traditional but typed in simplified). It references the “moon rabbit” that is making an elixir of life on the moon in some East Asian traditions (again with an alchemy connection—elixirs of life are the other main goal of alchemy). But the line means that the moon rabbit is vainly (or meaninglessly) mixing medicine, because there is no elixir of life (the next half of the couplet references an eternal tree becoming splinters/kindling). This is in reference to the fact that Kim K’s fame can’t last forever. She may be famous for being famous, and that may seem like an infinite regress, but it can’t last forever. This is also hinted at in the phrase “it’s fame all the way down!” at the bottom left. That’s a reference to the philosopher’s joke about it being “turtles all the way down”: the story goes, a professor speaks about how the earth is round and is suspended in space, but an old woman speaks up at the end, saying that everything she’s ever seen was resting on top of something else, and she’s sure that the entire flat world must be resting on the back of some giant turtle (this is actually reminiscent of some old Hindu and Native American traditional beliefs), but when the philosopher asks what the turtle itself is resting on, she says “that’s very clever of you, but you see, it’s turtles all the way down!” (as in an infinite stack of turtles on top of other turtles, which is an obvious case of begging the question). Kim K is famous for being famous. Her fame is based on fame, which is based on fame, which is based on fame, but it can’t be “fame" all the way down. There was obviously a beginning (no matter how obscure) to her fame, and there will obviously be an end too (as in above). This is in contrast to some of the truly infinite relations I’ve diagramed…
There is a benzene ring intertwined with an ouroboros (snake/dragon eating its own tail) at the bottom. The ouroboros is a symbol of infinity or immortality in alchemy due to its forming a circle. It’s linked to the philosopher’s stone (which Kim may be after and seems to have) due to its symbolizing immortality (in a weird way, because it’s eating itself after all). The benzene ring is an homage to Kekulé, the chemist who discovered the molecular structure of benzene (a huge conundrum in early organic chemistry) after falling asleep at work, dreaming of a snake eating its tail, and waking to realize that benzene was a circular ring. I don’t think he knew of the ouroboros, but the similarity is too good to ignore. So both alchemy and actual chemistry deal with these symbols. Benzene has helped to make as much of Kim’s success (you can see it in the chemical formulas for her fragrance notes) as the ouroboros / philosopher’s stone has.
In terms of horoscopes, her symbol (libra) is guided by the house of venus (female symbol, which actually comes from the astrological symbol for venus; not the other way around). Kim K is in many ways our modern society’s “venus” or “aphrodite” (the Roman/Greek gods of lust), which have been depicted as a fertility symbol with beautiful proportions since time immemorial. She basically plays the same role here. The rings of the venus symbols are hyperlocked into Borromean rings: three rings that don’t actually interlock as the benzene and ouroboros do—if you look carefully, you’ll see that no ring is actually inside of any other ring (you can also see I messed up a bit in the drawing, and drew an extra line to show which ring is on top). Yet they still can’t be separated due to the way they’re arranged. This gets into the mathematics of topology, which also applies in the benzene/ouroboros ring example (the study of how knots are made and complicated shapes are fundamentally distinct from one another). This shape happens to be impossible to form with perfect circles/rings, and as such, is an illusion of sorts. (You can make the shape with ovals though, interestingly enough, so it’s not as impossible as the other “impossible shapes” are.) Kim K is the “perfect" female form that a lot of American women aspire to, yet in order to get there most women have to resort to synthetic methods (i.e. butt implants). Who knows how she got there (pure genetics with well-targeted exercise, or some super advanced form of implants), but it’s certainly a mystery (as are the Borromean rings).
Then you can see one of her most famous Instagram photos (which I have used as one of the pieces) in the white one-piece that she took through a mirror with her phone. I’ve put the golden ratio diagram over her ass (it actually fits surprisingly well). Mystery solved, haha. And above I’ve written out the infinite fraction that makes the golden ratio (written with the mathematical/Greek symbol φ as it usually is). There are probably some deep, quintessence-like reasons to explain her fame (the golden ratio is a kind of mysterious universal ratio that may explain part of this), but that’s they mystery of Kim K—still a mystery.
And at the top left you can see what is my somewhat sad attempt at making an eyeshadow box with four colors of eyeshadow in it. The four colors are the four most basic colors of most makeup sets as far as I can tell and are also the names of the four stages of the “magnum opus” (“great work”), which is the creation of the philosopher’s stone. The colors are: negredo for “black” or bronzer, albedo for “white” or whitener, citrinitas for “yellow” or tanner, and rubedo or “red” for blush. These also correspond roughly to the palette of pigmentation in human skin and hint at some mysterious universal appeal. The left side (under the title of the eyeshadow box “magnum opus”) is a mirror that reflects the four colors (eyeshadow sets always have a mirror in them). KimK seems to be obsessed with mirrors, often taking photos in them, and her makeup routine is certainly done in front of one, so a lot of her life is effectively spent in front of mirrors. Mirrors are another example of infinite regress (the “hall of mirrors” effect), which she sometimes demonstrates by taking a photo with her back facing toward the mirror and her phone in front, so you can see a miniature picture of the whole scene on her screen, which contains her screen which contains a smaller version of the same, which contains her screen which contains a smaller version of the same, ad infinitum. This relates to her fame’s self-referencing, as well as her own self-referencing, as she often just names things after herself, which is a kind of meta self-referencing of her fame, since she’s referencing herself because she’s famous because she’s famous.