updated 06/17/2012 AT 8:00 PM ET
•originally published 06/18/2012 AT 9:50 AM ET
But now, five years since her sex tape with ex-boyfriend Ray J was released, the reality star says she understands the impact it’s had on her career.
“You know, I think that’s how I was definitely introduced to the world,” Kardashian, 31, said of the sex tape, which was the focus of a lawsuit until she settled with Vivid Entertainment to distribute it. “It was a negative way, so I felt like I really had to work 10 times harder to get people to see the real me.”