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The Kardashian family’s visit to Armenia has set off a media frenzy not only in Armenia but around the world. As media outlets in Armenia are scrambling to get photos, video footage and interviews from Kim Kardashian, international press has also been extensively covering the visit.
Kim Kardashian, her husband rapper Kanye West, their daughter North West and Khloe Kardashian arrived in Armenia on April 8 for the first time to get acquainted with their ancestral homeland and shoot an episode for their reality TV show Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
AFP reported that Kardashian is in Armenia to film a documentary. It wrote, “Kardashian’s Armenian ancestors on her father’s side immigrated to America and the trip was aimed at remembering those killed in the genocide 100 years ago.” One of the organizers of the trip told AFP that “Kim Kardashian, her daughter, husband and sisters want to visit Armenia to commemorate victims of the Armenian Genocide.”
On April 9, Kim and Khloe Kardashian visit several sites in Yerevan and later went to the historic sites of the first century A.D. Garni Temple and Geghard Monastery, founded in the 4th century by Gregory the Illuminator. The Kardashian sisters also met with Armenia’s Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan.
Below is a small sampling of how their trip is being covered in the international media.
Kim Kardashian and Khloé Kardashian aren't taking the typical tourist's approach to Armenia—they're getting the full experience! On Thursday, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians stars met with Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan and other government officials...the prime minister told Kim and Khloé he was grateful they hadn't forgotten their roots, adding that their visit to their historical homeland helped bring international recognition to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and remembering the lives lost…. Kim and Khloé thanked the prime minister for the reception and said they were impressed by the friendly attitude of the country and its people.
After getting fully glammed up it was time to get serious again in reconnecting with their roots! Khloé Instagrammed a stunning photo in front of the Mother Armenia statue in Yerevan, even taking a moment to explain the significance of it to fans.
"The Mother Armenia statue symbolizes peace through strength," she explained. "It can remind viewers of some of the prominent female figures in Armenian history. Who took up arms to help their husbands in their clashes with Turkish troops and Kurdish irregulars. I am woman hear me roar! Blessed to be here!!!"
Kim and Khloé aren't the only ones experiencing the Armenian culture firsthand, though—it's a family affair! On Wednesday Kim Instagrammed a photo of Kanye West holding the couple's daughter North West. "My husband and daughter came to Armenia as well to see my heritage and learn about my ancestors," she wrote. "My cousins came along too! So excited I can't sleep."
The Kardashians' love for Armenia was first instilled in them by their father, the late Robert Kardashian. "My dad taught me a lot about Armenian culture, and I have a strong connection with my roots," Kim wrote in a 2011 Celebuzz blog post. "My family and I are incredibly proud of our heritage."
Visiting the Mother Armenia statue today in Yerevan. The Mother Armenia statue symbolises peace… https://t.co/FEHAkYqC4S
— Khloé (@khloekardashian) April 9, 2015
Armenia rolled out the red carpet for U.S. reality TV star Kim Kardashian as she visited her ancestors' homeland on Thursday, ahead of the 100th anniversary of mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman soldiers.
Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan received Kardashian and her family in the capital Yerevan and praised their contribution to "international recognition and condemnation of the Armenian genocide," his press service said.
Kardashian, her rapper husband Kanye West, their child North West and her sister Khloe were greeted by hundreds of fans when they arrived in the former Soviet republic on Wednesday night. "Armenia we are here!!!!! We are so grateful to be here & start this journey of a lifetime! Thank you to everyone who greeted us!" Kardashian, who was followed by crowds as she toured Yerevan on Thursday, wrote on her Instagram account.
Armenia we are here! We're so grateful to be here & start this journey of a lifetime! Thank u everyone who greeted us pic.twitter.com/7MWKmf29MH — Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) April 8, 2015
Kim Kardashian has met the prime minister of Armenia as she visits the country to celebrate her family's roots. The reality television star, her husband Kanye West, daughter North and sister Khloe, have booked up two floors of a luxury hotel in the capital Yerevan.
Kardashian was greeted by a huge crowd of fans when the group took a tour of the downtown area. She had an audience with the country's premier Hovik Abrahamyan, the government press service said. President Serzh Sarkisian is currently in Italy on a visit that will also see him meet Pope Francis. Kardashian is reportedly also in the country to make a documentary about the Armenian Genocide, ahead of events later this month to mark the centenary of the killings.
Beyond snapping selfies with her fans, she has refused to talk to the press but instead took to social media to express her delight at being in Armenia. "My husband and daughter came to Armenia as well to see my heritage and learn about my ancestors! My cousins came along too! So excited I can't sleep."
Kardashian's Armenian ancestors on her father's side emigrated to the United States from an area that now lies in Turkey. During her eight-day trip, Kardashian and her film crew will visit Yerevan's genocide memorial and Armenia's National Archives to see documents about her ancestors. She is then to travel to the provincial city of Gyumri where her distant relatives live.
American television star Kim Kardashian arrived in the capital of her ancestral Armenia on Wednesday for a visit expected to draw attention to the centennial of the massacre of 1.5 million Armenians. Armenia formally marks the killings by Ottoman Turks on April 24. Armenia calls the killings a genocide, a view widely supported by scholars, but Turkey vehemently rejects the term, maintaining that the figure is inflated and that many people on both sides died.
Kardashian is expected to visit the vast complex in Yerevan, the capital, that commemorates the victims. A large crowd of journalists witnessed her arrival at the capital's airport on Wednesday. Kim's sister Khloe Kardashian and husband, recording artist and fashion designer Kanye West also arrived with daughter North West. Kardashian's ancestors emigrated from Armenia to the United States in the late 19th Century.
Star-struck Armenians try to keep up with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West http://t.co/C1AiQZ0cJq — The Guardian (@guardian) April 9, 2015
The US reality TV star Kim Kardashian has met Armenia’s prime minister in a first visit to celebrate her family’s roots that is causing a stir in the ex-Soviet nation. Kardashian – along with her rapper husband Kanye West, young child and sister – has booked up two floors in one of the fanciest hotels in the heart of the capital, Yerevan. Surrounded by bodyguards, Kardashian and her entourage were greeted by a huge crowd of fans as they toured Yerevan on Thursday.
Kim Kardashian and her sister Khloe took a trip to Armenia and, on Thursday, met the Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan. The visit was to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
"The Prime Minister stressed the importance of the Kardashian family’s contribution to the international recognition and condemnation of the Armenian Genocide and welcomed their visit on the threshold of the Armenian Genocide centennial," according to the public radio of Armenia.
The report continued, "The Kardashians said they will continue to actively struggle for the international recognition and condemnation of the Armenian Genocide and emphasized the importance of the unity of all Armenians."
Further proof the Kardashian crew is taking Armenia by storm http://t.co/RcvUMVk7ag pic.twitter.com/rvaGdqMZ69To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, Kim Kardashian West and sister Khloé met with the Armenian Prime Minister on Thursday. "Hovik Abrahamyan hailed the fact that members of the Kardashian family never forgot their roots and added that their visit would make [Armenia] better recognizable," reported the Public Radio of Armenia of the event.
— People magazine (@people) April 9, 2015
The Kardashians were honored by the welcome and "confessed that visiting their historic motherland had been their longtime dream," says the PRA, adding that the sisters apologized for not knowing how to speak Armenian but that they're working on learning the language.
In their meeting with Abrahamyan, the sisters promised to continue to spread awareness of the 1.5 million Armenians who were lost to the genocide of April 24, 1915.Earlier on Thursday, the sisters visited the statue of Mother Armenia. "The Mother Armenia statue symbolizes peace through strength," wrote Khloé in the caption of an Instagram snap of their visit. "I am woman hear me roar! Blessed to be here!!!"
Kardashian -- along with her rapper husband Kanye West, young child and sister -- has booked up two floors in one of the fanciest hotels in the heart of the capital Yerevan. Surrounded by bodyguards and dressed head-to-toe in beige, Kardashian and her entourage were greeted by a huge crowd of fans as they took a tour of downtown Yerevan on Thursday.
"You're very beautiful!" screamed one starstruck local. Kardashian is reportedly in the country to make a documentary on the Armenian Genocide, ahead of events later this month to mark the centenary of the killings.
The Kardashians, who jetted in Wednesday, had an audience with the country's premier Hovik Abrahamyan during which they jointly promised to push for the recognition of the genocide, the government said. "The Kardashians apologised for not speaking Armenian but said they are learning their native language," a government statement said.
"They pledged to continue the struggle for international recognition and condemnation of the Armenian genocide," the statement said. President Serzh Sarkisian is currently in Italy on a visit that will also see him meet Pope Francis. During her eight-day trip, Kardashian and her film crew will visit Yerevan's genocide memorial and Armenia's National Archives to see documents about her ancestors. She is then to travel to the provincial city of Gyumri where her distant relatives live.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are visiting Kim's ancestral home of Armenia this week. Along with their daughter North and the rest of the Kardashian clan, the couple are visiting the country to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the mass murder of ethnic Armenians in Yerevan. Kardashian's late father Robert Kardashian was of Armenian-American descent and considering this will be the first time that any of the Kardashian siblings have travelled to Armenia, they will no doubt want to explore every aspect of its culture across their eight-day long trip.
Kim Kardashian meets Armenian prime minister http://t.co/Oj3FfzoV5U pic.twitter.com/9kN7J0Y5nE — NBC News (@NBCNews) April 9, 2015
U.S. reality TV star Kim Kardashian received a rapturous welcome in her ancestors' homeland, Armenia, on a visit that could draw attention to the 100th anniversary of mass killings of Armenians in 1915. Hundreds of fans greeted Kardashian, her rapper husband Kanye West, their child North West and Kardashian's sister Khloe Kardashian in the capital Yerevan on Wednesday night.
"I can't wait to explore our country and have some yummy food!" added the star of the reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
The famous sisters met with Armenia's prime minister:
"On Facebook and other social media, there are maybe tens of millions of people, not Armenians (who follow her)," said a middle-aged man, who did not give his name, outside Kardashian's hotel in Yerevan.
"If they get informed about genocide, what and who we are, what happened to us, I think it will have a positive impact anyway," he said.
Muslim Turkey accepts many Christian Armenians died in partisan fighting beginning in 1915 but denies that up to 1.5 million were killed and that it amounted to genocide.