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Kim Kardashian—Economic Stimulus

Wednesday, 10 Aug 2011 | 4:41 PM ET
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Kim Kardashian's wedding is almost here! It's scheduled for August 20 in Santa Barbara.

Where did the time go? What will I wear? I've found the perfect wedding gift: a personality.

Meow.

I was reminded of the upcoming nuptials between Kardashian and her fiancé, currently-out-of-work-due-to-the-lockout NBA player Kris Humphries, after receiving an email asking, "HOW CAN A MODERN BRIDE OBTAIN THAT KIM KARDASHIAN WEDDING LOOK?"

The email came from a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon named Dr. Babak Azizzadeh, who was pitching the idea that would-be brides seeking Hollywood-hot looks need to start getting treatments a year in advance, including something called "fractional device tightening".

Sounds like some kind of medieval face corset.

Clearly Dr. Azizzadeh is hoping to make a little Kar-cash-ian off publicity surrounding the wedding, but he's not alone. This is America. That's how we roll.

And is that so bad? Some tabloids claim the Kardashian wedding could cost $10 million. Ka-ching! However, the number seems a tad high for a woman who's become famous for, well, you know...not much.

Turns out she can afford it. Forbes estimates Kim Kardashian earned $12 million last year ($12 million!), and her whole family rakes in about $65 million a year ($65 MILLION!!!). If that's true, $10 million for a wedding is a much smaller bite out of the brides' parents' annual income than the average wedding. Still, it does seem over the top.

On the other hand...

Unemployment in California is 11.8 percent. People need money. If the Kardashian-Jenner-Humphries clan wants to throw around a few million dollars for a spectacle, think of it as an economic stimulus package which won't cost taxpayers a dime.

In that light, Kim Kardashian is a hero.

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  • Based in Los Angeles, Jane Wells is a CNBC business news reporter and also writes the Funny Business blog for CNBC.com.

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