When I first saw the Kim Kardashian photos from her Paper Magazine photo shoot, I wasn’t surprised. This is the woman who became famous off of a leaked sex tape. To be honest, I don’t find her nude pictures to be shocking. This is normal behavior for Kim. I saw the photos on my Twitter news feed and kept on scrolling. As more people saw the photos, I became increasingly upset over them. The comments and the retweets were disgusting. Men and women were degrading her body. After the photos were released, it seemed like her butt was the only thing anyone could talk about. So many people felt so strongly towards her scandalous photos while I didn’t care at all, so I went to the source. What does Ms. Kardashian West think about all of this? What was the artistic message? What was she trying to say? I was upset to find that Kim wanted to break the internet with these photos, like her body was the piece of the meat everyone said it was. The most disturbing part of it all was that Kim Kardashian was using her naked curvy body to cause controversy solely to be talked about. The photo shoot wasn’t to bring awareness to hunger or poverty or inequality. She wanted to draw attention to herself because she is Kim Kardashian, and her name should constantly be in everyone’s mouth. Are her body parts all that she really has to offer? She released one picture of her balancing a champagne glass on her butt followed by a tweet that said, “And they say I didn’t have a talent…try balancing a champagne glass on your ass LOL #BreakTheInternet.” Kim Kardashian, if this is the only way to get attention, if this is how you choose to sell yourself, then I’m so sorry for you.
Let me be very clear, I understand that nudity is a huge part of art. I get that the human body is a beautiful creation. We should celebrate it. We should encourage everyone to be comfortable in his or her own skin. We shouldn’t find the naked human body so shocking. It’s a piece of art just on its own. But these photos shot by photographer Jean-Paul Goude are not art. These photos are a mixture of photoshopping, baby oil and bad intentions. In these photos, Kim Kardashian is abusing her own body.
There are millions of women out there who are actually inspirational and they get very little attention compared to Kim’s butt. Malala Yousafzai won a Nobel Peace Prize at seventeen years old. Emma Watson is working with the United Nations for gender equality. What if all of these women made their mark on the world by posing naked? Would the media ever stop talking about them? What does it even mean to break the internet? I’m not sure, but chances are that Kim’s derriere isn’t going to make it happen.