STORY BY JEFF HERSHEWAY
“Oh my God! Kim Kardashian? NAKED? Impossible!” — Words I heard uttered by no one this week.
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve probably seen Kardashian’s newest nude photos on the cover of Paper Magazine, the headline reading “Break the Internet.” Honestly, the only thing I think Kardashian broke with that cover was her assistant’s hand squeezing multiple different oil bottles onto her ass.
Not to slut-shame Kardashian but, honestly, her taking off her clothing in front of millions of people is not all that shocking. Hell, her family practically made an entire empire off of Kardashian taking off her clothes for the camera.
In 2007, Kardashian’s sex tape with sort-of hip-hop star Ray-J leaked, which eventually led to her and her family to make their reality show, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” which led to two spinoffs, fragrances, clothing lines and even an App which is dominating the smartphone market. And this is not the only time she’s posed naked either. Along with the sex tape in 2007, she also posed naked for Playboy in 2008.
It’s not a new thing for Kardashian to pose nude, so I’m not exactly sure how this new supposed grandiose gesture is supposed to “break the Internet.” Kardashian’s naked body isn’t in high demand because it has been supplied multiple times. It’s a publicity stunt featuring Kardashian going back to her business roots — selling the image of her body. Perhaps there is more to Kardashian than she exposes in these pictures and video, but she sure seems to want to cover up a more serious side of her.
Kudos to the woman who owns her sexuality and uses it as a business strategy, but it’s not necessary anymore. Her family is already overexposed, her body has been seen by thousands and she’s married to one of the most successful rappers in the game. What more is she trying to do with this magazine spread?
I’m not going to sit here and pretend Kardashian isn’t a beautiful woman. But she needs to do more with her fame than repeat history with these photo spreads. She could emphasize different cultures, dedicate her time to philanthropy or at least dedicate a foundation for scholarships or body positivity.
Instead, she is proclaiming how beautiful she is for, ultimately, no higher purpose other than making money. Her photos didn’t “break the Internet,” but instead just made everyone on the Internet collectively shrug and go back to whatever they were doing. Kardashian’s greasy butt is old news. We’ve all seen it before because she constantly calls attention to it.
I have no hate for Kardashian. It’s a smart business strategy, objectifying her body to add to her family’s multi-million dollar empire. I just wish there was more proof that she was in on this objectification.