When we talk about celebrities, we think of extremely talented or gifted people who defied the odds to reach levels of success that we only dream of. So when we see them on television, social media, or other platforms, we tend to idolize them and put them on a pedestal where they seem invincible and flawless.
But all the glitz and glamor are only a part of their lives that they want us to see. Celebrities, like everybody else, also have insecurities and struggles that they hide and sweep under the rug to maintain the facade that the entertainment industry demands of them.
This is what Kimi Weintraub, a professional TV host and commercial model, hopes to show the public by “diving deep” with celebrities to humanize them and inspire the world that they too can live their dreams despite their challenges.
Starting Her Passion Project
Kimi hosts “The Vulnerability Room” which is a celebrity podcast that allows celebrities to open up about their insecurities, regrets, failures, and anything else the media doesnʼt normally present about them.
“I started the podcast to inspire others by showing them that even though celebrities may seem invincible, they are still human beings and go through the same battles we do,” she said.
She shared that she was inspired to start interviewing celebrities about their vulnerabilities after joining the audio app Clubhouse. While there, Kimi was able to connect with numerous celebrities on a deep level in front of thousands of active listeners.
The feedback from those interviews was so powerful that the TV host knew that she had to continue down this path because if celebrities have insecurities, these could help inspire average people who want to turn their lives around.
“My first interview was with Netflixʼs Tiger King sensation, Carole Baskin. In this interview, she goes in-depth about her trauma as an adolescent and her troubled marriage. She also goes into depth about the abuse she received after the filming of the show,” Kimi said.
But when viewed from the perspective of mainstream media, Carole Baskin, as we know her, isn’t close to the woman who bears her soul in the Weintraub interview.
From then, Kimi believed that her sharing her story in such an authentic and relatable way is enough for listeners to finally see the real woman behind the villian that the mainstream media created.
With her podcast taking off, Kimi hopes to share more stories about celebrities and their vulnerabilities to help inspire listeners and see the humanity in the icons that they see on their screens.
Find out more about Kimi Weintraub through her Instagram account.