Hundreds of fans waited in line outside Debenham's department store in London.
Last week Kim Kardashian - American reality television star - was at Debenham's in London promoting her new perfume. British fans began lining up before 6 a.m., in the hope of being one of the first 150 customers who were promised photos with the popular entrepreneur.
This young girl brought her father along in a vain attempt to see Kardashian. I was standing next to them.
A group of construction workers were more interested in catching a glimpse of the brunette bombshell than in working (perhaps it was their lunch break).
A Debenham's employee motioned for people to clear the road.
At half past twelve, Miss Kardashian arrived in a black limo.
Crowds immediately surged around the car, making it difficult for Kardashian to walk the few feet to the store entrance.
As she exited the car, hundreds of enthusiastic fans tried to snap photos with their mobile phones or digital cameras.
Inside the store, Kim posed with purple glass bottles of her perfume. The crowds went mad, trying to see her in a cordoned-off area behind the Fiorelli display.
Here she is wearing Gucci. (Photo by Splash. Alas, I couldn't see over the crowds to get a good photo; should have brought a ladder)!
Prior to Kim's appearance, six gorgeous girls in high black heels and short tight purple dresses walked around Debenham's spritzing the perfume on customers. I overheard one young model say they'd answered a casting call at an agency for the chance to participate in the perfume launch. "And we were told we get to meet Kim. I'm so excited!" she said.
She wasn't the only one. Fans went wild when Kim entered the store.
A few of Kim's screaming fans were hysterical, climbing and standing on display stands and knocking off merchandise for sale. "I have GOT to see her!" one of them repeated, over and over. Security guards had difficulty controlling the huge crowds.
Who knows how long they waited to see Kim and get her autograph??!!
At Debenham's back entrance, a driver waited with a specially-painted black London cab.
And news agency photographers filed their stories on the spot...
...for an insatiable tabloid press, hungering for any tidbit about the glamourous Miss Kardashian and her $2 million engagement ring (no doubt an extra headache for Kardashian's bodyguards).
Life in the fast lane, folks! Never a dull moment.
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