On the overall list, Kim leads five other famous female public figures like Kate Middleton, Kate Upton, Whitney Houston, Lindsay Lohan and Jennifer Lopez.
Kim Kardashian is among the top 10 on 2012 Yahoo! Searches list. The "Keeping up with the Kardashians" star comes in the third place after terms "election" as the champion and "iPhone 5" as the runner-up. It makes her become the most-searched person throughout the past 12 months.
Vera Chan, Yahoo!'s web trend analyst, said Kim's "notoriety has kept her at the top." The buxom hottie becomes a constant hot topic due to her ongoing divorce battle with her estranged husband Kris Humphries , her high-profile romance with Kanye West and her E! reality series.
Vera additionally said, "The 2012 elections dominated the online searches, which is amazing because if something is in the news, it's already accessible ... people were really saturated by it, but even so, that was a key word that people typed throughout the year."
Regarding the runner-up, Vera noted that iPhone has always been on the top searches since the release of its first generation. This year, which becomes "a post-Steve Jobs era," marks the first time a specific model of the Apple gadget reaches as high as the second place.
Other famous females on the top 10 on the overall list are Kate Middleton who was entangled in a topless photo scandal, Whitney Houston whose death in early 2012 spawned a number of tributes, and Lindsay Lohan who's facing multiple legal woes.
Sports Illustrated cover model Kate Upton and former "American Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez are on the list as well.
In pop culture category, "The Hunger Games" becomes the most popular term in the past twelve months. The other talks of the town are reality star Honey Boo Boo, S&M novel "Fifty Shades of Grey", boyband One Direction, Carly Rae Jepsen's smash hit "Call Me Maybe" and PSY's viral sensation "Gangnam Style".
List of 2012 Yahoo! Overall Searches:
- iPhone 5
- Kim Kardashian
- Kate Upton
- Kate Middleton
- Whitney Houston
- Political polls
- Lindsay Lohan
- Jennifer Lopez