Kim Kardashian Is Not a Member of the Illuminati!

Instagram collage posted by Kanye West's fiancée sparked conspiracy theories

By Rebecca Macatee Nov 07, 2013 10:10 PMTags
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Dolls, Kim Kardashian is many things. But an Illuminati puppet master? Umm…

Let's backtrack a moment. On Wednesday, Nov. 5, Kim wished BFF Brittny Gastineau a happy birthday. In doing so, she Instagrammed a collage featuring pictures of the lifelong pals in the framework of different shapes—including a triangle, and one which looked like an eye. Now cue the conspiracy theorists, because according to urban legend, members of a sinister secret society known as the Illuminati use these shapes to represent Satan and an all-knowing evil eye.

Whoa, whoa, whoa. The Illuminati does have its historical roots, tracing back to a group of people in 1776—the Bavarian Illuminati—who wanted to keep religious influences away from public life and discourage superstition. It's unclear whether any practicing descendants from that original sect are in existence today, but there have been secret societies through the years—both real and fictional—who have borrowed the Illuminati name.

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The birthday collage had an eye on it, Kim explained, because it reminded her of Britt's "eye on glam" website and of the bracelets she and her sisters wear to ward off "evil eye." 


"So sorry guys," she wrote, "it was just a cool design I saw on one of those IG collage apps."

Oh, Kim—Bible!—no need to apologize. And in other, um, news, fellow non-Illuminati Khloé Kardashian Odom Instagrammed a super cute throwback Thursday shot of herself, Kim and Kourtney Kardashian. The sweet sisterly shot looks pretty scandal-free—but wait! What's that we see? Khloé's copping a feel of Kim's booty!

Uh-oh. Is Kim's butt an Illuminati symbol now, too?