Who is Stephanie Shepard?
Stephanie is a dancer, environmental activist, and television personality famous for being Kim Kardashian’s assistant and COO of Kardashian West Brands.
Ontario, Ohio State, United States of America
Her early life and career beginnings
Stephanie grew up in Ontario, Ohio, with her single mother away from her Japanese dad living in Japan since she was a child. She enjoyed the outdoor activities that come with living the country life, making bonfires, and playing football games. At 18, Steph danced for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and with a drive to succeed, moved to Los Angeles in 2009 to scout for better dance gigs. She started getting assisting jobs instead of major dance gigs. Having lived a country life, experiencing the life, she knew nothing about nor envisaged was a different feeling.
The young dancer worked a part-time front desk job at Gold’s gym, after which Choreographer Mikey Minden hired her as his assistant to help him and his client, Erika Jayne.
Stephanie’s professional career life
After working a few years with Minden and Jayne, Mikey’s business partner and former Pussycat Doll Robin Antin notified her of an assistant job. In April 2013, Steph drove to an interview with Kris Jenner’s assistant, and dancing became a thing of the past. She got the job and met with the heavily pregnant famous reality TV star Kim Kardashian, her new boss, in her Beverly Hills home. The meeting with her new boss went well, and she resumed the next day.
Stephanie took over the planning of Kim’s schedule, doing laundry, her itinerary, arranging the stroller in preparation for North’s arrival, and staying until 10 pm, trying to prove herself. On North’s early arrival, she moved alongside her employer into Kris Jenner’s house as a personal assistant and, later, an executive assistant.
After four years of working with Kim, she promoted Stephanie to COO of Kardashian West Brands. She assisted Kim on her wedding preparations, she filmed the gorgeous bride from the rooftop in Florence. Stephanie was also an uncredited producer on the Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ show, filming personal moments of Kim and her family when they wanted no cameras around them. Other cast members seen in Keeping up with the Kardashians include Khloé Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Rob Kardashian, Scott Disick, Malika Haqq, Caitlyn Jenner, Brandon Jenner, Jonathan Cheban, and Lamar Odom.
Unfortunately, at the end of 2017, after five years of working together, Kim relieved Stephanie of her position as the COO of Kardashian West’s brands when an issue sprang up. Kim stated that Stephanie had confided in Kourtney that she felt unfulfilled and craved a different role, suggesting that it was inappropriate and unprofessional to complain to her sister instead of her. Kim wished Stephanie well in her future endeavors, and they parted ways.
She is currently an environmentalist and half-owns Future Earth, a non-profit organization advocating for climate change and other causes, and a fashion influencer on her 1.8 million followers’ Instagram page.
Her personal life
Stephanie initially dated a DJ she met through Kanye West, but they split because of their tight schedules. She met Larry Jackson, a friend of Kanye also, who won a Grammy Award for producing Jennifer Husson’s 2008 album. Although Jackson worked with Rapper Kanye West, they only connected while on tour at The Life of Pablo in Miami. She credits Jackson for pushing her to become better.
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