A former employee of the Kardashian family, identified as Jessica DeFino, has opened up on her painful experience working with the billionaire family.
Jessica who worked as an assistant editor on the now-defunct Kardashian-Jenner official apps between 2015 and 2016, shared this in an explosive tell-all after a tweet of hers went viral.
In March 2022, Kim had given an infamous advice to women asking them to “get their fu*king ass up and work,” adding that “It seems like nobody wants to work these days” – an advice that didn’t go down well with a lot of people.
Taking to Twitter to react to Kim’s advice, Jessica disclosed that she couldn’t afford to buy gas while she was working on the Kardashian app, which was raking in millions of dollars at the time.
“I was an editor on the Kardashian apps in 2015 in LA.
“I worked days nights & weekends, could only afford groceries from the 99 Cents Only Store, called out ‘sick’ more than once bc I couldn’t put gas in my car to get to the office, & was reprimanded for freelancing on the side.”
The tweet garnered over 600,000 likes and Jessica has now shared more details about her working experience in a scathing new piece — titled “I Worked My Ass Off for the Kardashian-Jenner Apps. I Couldn’t Afford Gas” — for Vice.
According to her, she was paid $35,000 per year and her take home after tax was just enough to cover rent and utility bills.
Jessica wrote in VICE;
“When I read Kardashian’s original quote about women not working hard, I thought of the labor I put into launching the Kardashian Jenner Official Apps—days, nights, holidays, weekends, whenever and wherever I was needed.
“I wasn’t alone. I spoke to two former employees who worked on the apps and two former employees of KKW Beauty, Kim Kardashian’s cosmetics line, all of whom described an environment of overwork at the expense of their mental and sometimes physical health, as well as their career advancement.”
DeFino also recounted a time when she was reprimanded by the manager for writing freelance articles on the side to supplement her meagre income.
She also mentioned another time when she was confronted for applying for other job opportunities.
However, the publication asserted that the Kardashian sisters “were likely unaware of what the people behind their apps were paid.”