Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Hire a Body Double for Baby North West for $500k!

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By Christine Jane Caparras | July 22, 2014 4:44 PM EST

Celebrity couple Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are known for their lavish lifestyle as clearly depicted in their opulent wedding held over a weekend in Europe starting in Paris involving castles and chateaus as well as an elaborate ceremony held in Florence, Italy. The couple has now taken it up a notch by reportedly dropping $500,000 on a body double for their 13-month-old baby daughter North West who they affectionately call Nori.

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TV personality Kim Kardashian holds her baby in her arms as she shops in Paris, May 20, 2014.

The body double is reportedly a splitting image of their baby daughter and was found through auditions held for the purpose. The intention behind the move to hire a double is to throw off paparazzi who are hounding the famous couple and their child. The reports are being pegged by numerous Web sites to have originated from Britain's Grazia Magazine.

Apart from the baby double, a nanny who is the double of her original one was also hired as part of the elaborate plan. The paparazzi have been a cause for concern for many celebrities and the Kardashians as well as Kanye are certainly no strangers to run-ins with photographers.  Kanye has shown his protectiveness for his daughter even refusing to have her appear on episodes of "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" with his wife and the rest of the Kardashian-Jenner clan. Kanye himself is hardly seen in the reality series and only makes very minor appearances.

Despite obvious efforts to maintain a good family image, the couple have been receiving some flack as of late as they have been seen in public or travelling frequently without their baby daughter in tow. North was seen coming home to Los Angeles with her grandmother Kris Jenner after her parents' wedding in Florence. The couple jetted off for a quick honeymoon in Ireland. Just a few weeks later the couple were spotted again in Mexico enjoying some fun in the summer sun with no baby in sight.  

Meanwhile amid issues surrounding the security of the child they already have, Kim and Kanye were also reported to be trying for a second child and they want a baby boy this time. The couple have just sold their newly-renovated home and are still living with Kris Jenner in what used to be the Kardashian-Jenner family home. The family moved in there before Kim gave birth to North while they were supposedly renovating their new home. Kris Jenner now left only with youngest daughter Kylie at home is able to avoid having an empty nest with the West family sharing her space shortly after Bruce Jenner and 18-year-old daughter Kendall moved out.

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TV personality Kim Kardashian holds her baby in her arms as she shops in Paris, May 20, 2014.
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