W Magazine responds to Kim Kardashian’s freakout over nude pics: it’s art

On Monday we saw a clip from Kim Kardashian’s new reality show spinoff with her sister, Kourtney, in which Kim initially responds to her nude W Magazine spread from last October by wailing that she was promised when she posed nude that all of her ladyparts would be obscured in the photos. Kim’s breasts and nether region were covered and airbrushed to perfection on the cover of the magazine, in which written art by Barbara Kruger served as a kind of visual bikini. Inside, we got to see her ample assets covered in just silver paint, including her breasts and storebought ass, without the benefit of any coverage or even much digital retouching. Instead of responding to Kim’s complaint that she was promised no nudity, W Magazine issued a statement in which they just talked about their artistic vision and how they were treating her body as a work of art. Kim has said as much in her own statements about the pictorial last year, given after she had time to consider how much she could increase her appearance fee after the minor controversy over these photos. Here’s W’s statement:

In keeping in line with the theme of W Magazine’s November Art Issue, Kim Kardashian’s cover was conceived as an artistic collaboration with well-known artist Barbara Kruger, and was a meditation on the influence that reality TV has on contemporary culture.

The inside portfolio documented the career and power of Kim Kardashian as a work of art, using the language of artists like Jeff Koons (see Rabbit) and Gilbert & George (see The Singing Sculpture).

[From NYMag via US Weekly]

W Magazine is responding to Kim’s complaint that the spread was “full on porn” by saying it was art. They pointedly do not address whether they promised her she would be covered inside the magazine. A lot of you called her dumb for posing nude and then crying when the photos came out, but if these people swore up and down that nothing would be shown she has the right to expect that to be the case – even though she’s posed for Playboy and has a sex tape out. This whole thing has long since blown over and Kim was ok with it in the end. She’s surely glad that it’s all being revisited in the press now. As naive as she seems, she sure knows how to bombard us with everything she’s got.



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32 Responses to “W Magazine responds to Kim Kardashian’s freakout over nude pics: it’s art”

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  1. Rita says:

    This is the way it’s done. Kim shouts to high heaven about “full on porn” to attrack attention to the “spread” and sell mags so the mag can fire the last and ohhhh so enlightened comment that it’s “art”. This scenario was planned out weeks before the shoot.

  2. Quest says:

    Firstly: If I, personally was doing a magazine spread, and did not want any full blown nudity of myself in said mag. Then the logical thing would be to put something or anything on during the shoot.

    Secondly: I have seen artistic body art on models – you would not even tell that they are naked (silver body paint) meh.

    Finally: Kim is a drama queen. I respect that persons have the right to their own privacy but come on – there should be some formal agreement and disclosure signed before a pictorial is published and given that the Kadashians are in this line of business for so long I think Kim knew damn well what they were publishing.

  3. Dannii says:

    “Kim Kardashian’s cover was conceived as an artistic collaboration with well-known artist Barbara Kruger, and was a meditation on the influence that reality TV has on contemporary culture.”

    really? total bullshit. how the fuck was covering Kim in silver paint a fucking “meditation” on blah blah blah? many people use this excuse when defending shitty or really offensive “art” by saying “well its acutally about this but YOU DONT GET IT”. fuck off, and i agree with Kim on this one-if they said they we’re gonna cover her up they should have stuck to their word.

    the real solution, however would have been to not pose naked in the first place.

  4. amy says:

    she’s giving a bit of a cher vibe in that second pic

  5. Leek says:

    So I guess if Kim HAD known she would basically be nude on the cover of W magazine she would have passed?? Doubt it.

  6. Richi says:

    MEHH!!! she and her croc tears!!! get lost you fame whore!!!

  7. happygirl says:

    I know the first thing I thought of when I, unfortunately, saw those photos was van Gogh.

  8. brin says:

    @happygirl…lol, more like Picasso.

  9. happygirl says:

    @ brin- LMAO..you know…I had that same thought after I posted van Gogh. Haha! So true…

  10. Canuck says:

    If you don’t want someone publishing nude pictures of you, don’t pose for them. And if you did pose for them, stop whining.

  11. gabs says:

    *eyeroll* Stop posting about the KrapTrashians and maybe we can force them into obscurity please!

  12. guesty says:

    BUT (pun intended) she does this every single time. It’s all contractual. Nice try tho.

  13. beebeedoom says:

    I kinda feel bad for her in that she seems to live the most shallow and superficial life.

  14. STEL says:

    I agree with #2 she knew what she was doing

  15. garvels says:

    She pulled the same story line with Playboy when Playboy released additional online photos which showed her “lady bits”-This was on CNN headline news a while ago. Nudity is a big deal and is usually discussed in great detail in contracts and if she experienced this with Playboy she would have known. This was clearly 100% intentional on her part to add drama to the show. I am sure if you google Playboy and Kardashian you will find a story with her being shocked about Playboy’s release of the online nude photos.

  16. SaRRaH says:

    it’s not art.. it’s business baby

  17. Lisa says:

    She’s so full of shit. Just listen to what she said at the end of the show “I’m never posing nude again even if it’s Vogue….WELL MAYBE FOR VOGUE”. She’s so fake just like her ass.

  18. TeeTee says:

    I wish these tricks would go away.

    who cares and why should she, she’s already done everything pornish anyway.

    oh, that’s right most of her fans are ages 10-30–sad…

    I see she is gonna ride the wave til America is sick of her, keep on we’re damn close.

    her face is scary when she cries, SCARY–like her face, moves weird..the face of a rich 40+ chick, that has been nipped and pulled, LOL

  19. smith says:


    Kan we please kut down on the kardashian koverage?

    (That wasn’t even klever of me.)

    Sorry, haven’t had my koffee yet.

    So kill me.

  20. kas says:

    This is the same bullshit she pulled FOR HER SHOW when she got Botox for the first time. Remember, she was HORRIFIED, was never, ever, ever gonna to it again (note: she’s clearly addicted to it). She also had to issue an apology to the Dr., who didn’t appreciate being trashed for the sake of her shitty show.

    Her “reaction” is just fodder for her show. She’s an asshole for acting like she didn’t see the pics well before they hit the stands.

  21. jover says:

    The fact that she isn’t shunned in hollywood and shows up at awards shows illustrates how utterly fake and hypocritical hollywood is – they use every opportunity to lambast Sarah Palin etc.(yes, palin is a dolt and deserves it), but they embrace plastic butt Kartrashian – right, and they are authentic.

  22. Franny says:

    to 21: thats because SP is an idiot who wants to become the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES and KK is a celebrity who just wants people to pay attention to her. see the difference?

  23. Wendy says:

    Does no one remember when the pics came our forever ago and Kim was all for it and loved them and was honored to be a part of it all??
    Suddenly now she doesn’t like them and feels taken advantage of?
    She just wants to be in the news. And she basically achieved it.
    Hopefully though this means W will never put her in their magazine ever again.

  24. futureperfect says:

    She hasn’t run out of ways to sell herself out yet? How amazingly resourceful.

    She and Barbara Kruger were a good pairing, and I don’t mean that in a complimentary way for either of them.

  25. Amy says:

    LOL, she was on the cover of “The ART ISSUE?” Listed last is Salvador Dali. You know, after Johnny Knoxville… *facepalm*

    I’ve never read a W Magazine and never will due to this idiocy.

  26. Kim says:

    The fact that she didnt have in writing that they would put art over her naked body tells proves she is lying. She has been at this game long enough to know to get things in writing.

    She wanted to pose naked and did but then cries blues about how she doesnt want to be seen as only sex object! Um Kim you made a sex tape and released it – you are famous for nothing but posing naked & YOU KNOW IT & dont care at all!

    No one is buying your fake tears. You love fame in any way shape or form.

    She would flat out do porn for attention they cry that they told her it was going to be an artsy film.

    These are the ugliest, stupidest girls on the planet!

  27. GirlyGirl says:

    Umm, did the IQ’s of the media suddenly drop a few thousand points recently?

    Is it just me or is she just whining about this shoot (from last October) because E! (et al) have woken up and realized a show about two lazy entitled famewhores wandering around New York City shopping, butchering the english language, and having boobs isn’t enough to sustain a TV series?

    I have obtained a partial transcript of a ‘Story’ Meeting from the E! offices.
    E! EXEC1- Gee Kim maybe you and your sister could like, get mad at something?

    KIM- Well I was paid to do these nude photos for a magazine a few months ago, The people were really nice and they had these small chocolates that looked like tiny pee-pees…

    E! EXEC1- (INTERRUPTS) Yeah, great tiny pee-pees…The Nude photo thing sounds good though. We might be able to wring a whole episode out of that…

    E! EXEC2- And maybe we could focus on your boobs and huge ass and then the camerapeople could stop having nightmares about Hairy Catpeople attacking them.

    KIM- (long pause)My Hair is shiny.

    E! EXEC1- Yeah, it sure is…
    At this point Kim got her fingers stuck in a chinese finger trap, which they planned to save for the Sweeps week episode.

  28. Wresa says:

    Kim K? She’s a porn star, right?

  29. Franny says:

    ^^wrong. a sex tape she did with her boyfriend got leaked. she doesnt “do porn”

  30. snappyfish says:

    As a long time subscriber of Womans Wear Daily and W Magazine, to say I was disappointed to see a Kardashian on the cover of W is an understatement.

    This person is neither Art nor Fashion. Which is what W is meant to symbolize.

    Please please make these celebutard-prostitutes go far far away

  31. Shay says:

    Her latest ad for the superbowl is practically loaded with sexual references and she complains that the W spread was pornographic?
    There is a difference between pornographic and horrific. The W spread is the latter, not the former. If I owned W Magazine, I’d sack the editor who decided to agree to publishing images of Kardashian in the nude.
    I’d have chosen Naomi Campbell…even Elle MacPherson (who is in her late forties).

  32. Allie666 says:

    I get so sick of seeing pictures of these women, WHAT IS IT THAT THEY DO? Oh yes, reality TV….

    No Talent – at least if she did porn I could rationalize all the attention…

    Boo Hiss, same feelings on House Wives scenerios….