The Ultimate Guide To Kim Kardashian's Crying Face

A decade ago, a family branding themselves as the modern Brady Brunch out of Calabasas, Cali. appeared on a brand new reality series on E! called Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Five sisters, one brother, and two semi-famous parents became household names for their sibling rivalries, consistent drama, and shameless self-promotion. Ten years later and that last name means a lot more than just "reality television family." It means billion dollar makeup franchises, spin-off television shows, Met Gala red carpets, clothing lines, and a new generation of kids sure to follow in their parents' footsteps. The Kardashian family is iconic.

But most iconic of all is Kim Kardashian's ugly-cry face.

Where to begin with Kim's cry face? Much like Kylie Jenner's hand selfie poses, Kim's full-on cry face is truly a work of art. Who can forget the first time they saw Kim cry over her earrings in Bora Bora? Or when she ran into Khloé Kardashian's apartment to smack her little sister with her purse because she was being "rude"? In typical Kardashian fashion, Kim herself has even found a way to monopolize her mascara-streaked grimaces: she sells personalized emoji (Kimoji) on her site, making fun of her distraught expressions. She sells mousepads, phone cases, and even a backpack (perfect for back-to-school!) She's learned to live with and love her ugly-cry face in a way that only she could. So, in honor of Kim's self-love and Keeping Up With the Kardashian's 10-year anniversary special airing September 10 on E!, here is the ultimate guide to Kim's crying face.

You are very welcome in advance.

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The first sign that the cry-face would leave a lasting impression? Early on in KUWTK, when we could only hear the sound of it. Little did we know what was behind that strained, pinched voice.
The earring! Will we ever forget about the time that Kris Humphries threw Kim into the ocean in Bora Bora, causing her brand new diamond earring to fall into the depths of the sea (it was, luckily, found by Kylie Jenner immediately after).

This was the beginning of everything for the cry-face.
A major trigger for the cry-face? A family vacation. Whether it's warm weather (Bora Bora) or cold (a ski trip), there's really nothing like spending time in close quarters with a family full of jokesters to really set off the water works.
This month, Kim appeared on the cover of Interview magazine dressed as former first lady and style icon Jackie O., but that wasn't always the case. Back in the early aughts, Kim had no creative control over her photoshoots which meant that sometimes things didn't go as planned...

Enter: the cry-face accompanied by the crying phone call, à la Alexis Neiers.
This was the moment when Kim cried because she realized she didn't love Kris Humphries anymore, and she felt bad for wasting everyone's time and money on their wedding.

Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian look very sad at how upset Kim is over the realization that she low-key doesn't like her husband, but mostly they seem uncomfortable over the cry-face. This tear-streaked image of Kim in a white robe is the basis for all the Kimoji cry-face art. Icon-ic.
As a mother, Kim found a whole new reason to cry. No longer crying over the men or jewelry in her life, she cries from fear of something happening to herself or her kids. The most justified of her cry-faces, it is still endlessly mocked by her family.

Once a dramatic crier, always a dramatic crier.