Kanye West & Kim Kardashian's Engagement Has a Lot in Common With Kris Humphries' Proposal
It's happening! It's happening. On her 33rd birthday, Kanye West proposed to Kim Kardashian at AT&T Park, the MLB stadium where the San Francisco Giants play. Never one for subtly, the rapper hired a 50-piece orchestra to play Lana del Rey's "Young and Beautiful", followed by West's song "Knock You Down," featuring Keri Hilson and Ne-Yo as he prepared to propose. And because bigger is always better, Kanye got down on one knee with a 15-carat diamond Lorraine Schwartz ring as the Jumbotron flashed, "PLEEEASE MARRY MEEE!!!"
If you like over-the-top displays of affection and attention, then this proposal is right up your alley.
Clearly, Kim has no preference when it comes to how her boyfriend pops the question. We saw Kris Humphries propose in an apartment. He'd spelled out "Will You Marry Me" in rose petals (and by "he" we mean a "production assistant") and when Kardashian walked through the door, he kinda-sorta asked her to marry him. He was like "hey," and she was like, "oh my god," then the camera zoomed in on the label on the ring box, and boom, they were engaged. It was about as emotional as my trip to the corner deli every morning to get drip coffee.
Even though the proposals sound very different, they do have one thing in common. One giant thing: The ring. It's pretty obvious that Kris Jenner negotiated for both engagement rings because each proposal was a veritable commercial for the bling.
Humphries' proposes with a 16.21-carat center diamond ring with 1.8 carats of diamonds surrounding it, designed by Lorraine Schwartz, and Kanye proposed with a 15.1 carat stunner, also designed by Lorraine Schwartz.
Lest you think it was a coincidence that both men who got down on one knee for Kardashian just happened to choose the same ring designer, consider that the first details to come from each engagement story had to do with the name-brand ring. Humphries reportedly paid half price for his ring, likely in exchange for the all-too invaluable "promotional consideration," and knowing Jenner, who allegedly bargained all over town for freebies for daughter Kendall's 16th birthday party, she got Kanye got a discount, as well.
We may want to think that Kim Kardashain and Kanye West are the real deal, but when you consider that her engagement to Kanye, much like hers to Humphries, involved a branding initiative and promotional consideration, well, it sounds like the Kardashian-West love story is starting off on a similarly fake foot. Plus, E! claims they have inside footage and will air it Tuesday night on E! News... which means that E! cameras were there, like they were back in 2012 when a naive basketball player thought this whole marrying Kim Kardashian thing was a good idea.
And hey, if Kim and Kanye don't last, Yeezus might be comforted to know that the ring has fantastic re-sale value. The bling the Humph gave to Kardashian a little over a year ago just sold at auction for $749,000.
Kim Kardashian's ring from Kanye West:
Kim Kardashian's ring from Kris Humphries: