Did Kim Kardashian ‘control’ her Us Weekly pregnant-bikini photo shoot?

As we saw on Wednesday, Kim Kardashian’s pregnant bikini photos cover the new issue of Us Weekly. Many of us threw some shade at the cover image because… well, we’ve seen Kim’s pregnant body in clothes and I feel pretty comfortable saying that the Us Weekly cover image has been Photoshopped.

I also threw some shade because the bikini photos were so obviously a set-up by Team Kardashian and Kim herself. I assumed that Kim pre-arranged this “candid” photo shoot with Us Weekly during her family’s trip to Greece a few weeks ago. That was my assumption, just because these photos seem to be taken from a close enough distance (meaning she knew the photographer was there and she was posing), and because no photo agency got these “money shots” of Kim wandering around in a bikini and no cover-up. And because Kim has a history of setting up photo shoots with Us Weekly. And because Us Weekly has been Team Kardashian throughout her pregnancy, and this is one of several covers they’ve done about “Kim is being fat-shamed, but she looks amaze-balls!”

So I don’t know if this In Touch Weekly story is sour grapes or if they got a genuine scoop or what have you, but it’s nice to see my assumptions verified somewhere:

“Kim is very controlling of her image and even works with paparazzi to retouch her photos,” says an insider. “It’s no secret that she’s completely unhappy with her body. The fact that people can now see it in an unaltered photo is a nightmare for her.”

“She’s used to being sexy… she’s terrified she won’t be able to get her bikini body back after the baby is born.”

But she’s fine with anything Photoshopped.

“If she turns up in a magazine looking amazing in a bikini, you can bet she controlled the whole thing.”

[From In Touch Weekly, print edition]

Yep. I’m sure Kim worked this photo shoot out with Us Weekly and in exchange for posing for bikini photos, she made them guarantee to Photoshop her body in some strategic places. Sure, it’s vain, superficial and she’s promoting a ridiculous lie about her body. But I think it’s way more interesting that the Us Weekly story is all “Kim loves her pregnant body, roses, kittens and bubbles!” And In Touch is basically saying what we all know, that Kim is miserable. I don’t understand why it would be such a PR disaster for a pregnant woman to admit that she’s not enjoying her pregnancy? But you know the Mommy Brigade would boycott her if she ever said anything negative about her pregnancy.

Also – the Enquirer has a funny story about why Saturday Night Live hasn’t been spoofing Kim too much these days. Apparently, Lorne vetoed a bunch of Kardashian sketches because he was trying to book Kanye on SNL.

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  1. decorative item says:


    • manya says:

      I actually always knew =they photoshop her pics as a deal with the papz and her..

      I mean, go watch a video of her leaving any place and compare that video with the papz pics! they alter her body.. smooth and clear her face .. its amazing what she is able to do!

    • Bugaboo says:

      Yes I sat next to the pap on the plane, sitting one row behind hair and makeup people while fam was in first class on wAy to Tahiti. He talked all about it openly

  2. Syko says:

    She didn’t have a bikini body before she got pregnant. Her ass is too big.

    • nofkksgiven says:

      *eye roll* there’s really nothing wrong with Kim’s body pre-pregnancy or during…her clothing choices are another subject

      • The Wizz says:

        Agree, not having Nicole Richie sized bodies on the beach or runway has been refreshing

      • Wd says:

        Having a toaster implanted under each ass cheek is NOT normal.

      • Lisalou says:

        There WAS something wrong with her body prepregnancy. She has butt implants. They look ridiculous. There is nothing wrong with a natural large ass but hers is comical because it just looks so fake.

      • Syko says:

        Thanks for the eye roll, I really appreciate being treated rudely.

        There is something wrong with your body when you have a butt and boobs like a 300 pound woman and it’s all implants.

      • Kristine says:

        Give me a break. I have the same size ass as her and I’m tiny. Women are allowed to be thick and still be considered sexy.

        +1 to the eyeroll. Her clothing choice is horrendous.

    • xoxokaligrl says:


  3. LadyMTL says:

    Of course she did! I think Jezebel had a piece on this yesterday, they even posted bits of the photog’s Facebook page and he was definitely on vacation with the family.

    Anyway, US Mag has been so pro-Kardashian that even if Kim didn’t orchestrate it her mother did.

  4. Faye says:

    If by “control” you mean “completely Photoshop to the point of fiction,” then yes.

    I have to give them credit, though, for a smart Photoshop job. They didn’t try to make her look like Duchess Kate-pregnant. They made her look like a person of semi-normal weight who’s just pregnant.

    Unfortunately, for anyone who’s seen her pregnant and wearing clothes (which is, let’s face it, anyone who’s stood on line at a supermarket in the past few months), you can tell there’s just no way this is her.

  5. Dhavynia says:

    LOL she wishes she looks this way…

  6. daisydoodle says:

    well at least we can nix the idea that the baby is being carried by a surrogate…that’s all I got.

    • jwoolman says:

      Part of me is still not entirely sure she’s really pregnant- that’s not really because I’m delusional, it’s just that she lies so much about everything and she keeps throwing these photoshopped seminaked pics out. Why not photoshopped everything about the pregnant look, even the swollen feet and legs, and maybe a a fat suit under clothes? Geez, the phrase seeing is believing just doesn’t work well in an age when you can alter photos on your tiny phone…

  7. swack says:

    I think if Kim had not changed her story and had not been flying all over the world, in heels and tight clothes then she would not be trashed for it. She said in the beginning that her pregnancy was easy and that she had no morning sickness. Kim wants the “poor, poor me” vote now and isn’t getting it. I know women who had miserable pregnancies and didn’t complain. My daughter was in the hospital for at least 3 weeks before she delivered her twins in order to get them to grow to a size where their lungs were stronger. There are always going to be people who bash on others, but Kim brings much of this on herself.

    • Syko says:

      Exactly! If she gave any hint that she is aware that she’s bringing a new life into the world, if she’d stop jetting around and trying to dress all secksy, she’d be a lot easier to take. But it’s all about her (as everything always is for these famewhores), she’s miserable, she’s worried she won’t get her wonderful body back, she hates how she looks…blah blah blah. I remember being shocked at how I looked when very pregnant, as in “how can my skin stretch that far?”, but I figured it was worth giving up the sexy for a few months in order to have a child. She’s not in it for the child, she’s in it for the attention.

      • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

        And money! This baby – along with Kanye as baby daddy – is going to bring a whole new valuable arm to their empire. Sad but true. If Kris could have orchestrated Kim to have twins, she would have. This baby will be the start of baby products, another spinoff show, no telling what else. Would love to know how many $ she has brought in since pregnant. This has been an epic business move for them and it hasnt even really started yet. Sigh.

  8. dorothy says:

    Of course! It’s Kim Kardashian, nothings real or genuine.

  9. Eleonor says:

    I call this photoshop.
    (btw great work, whoever did it!!! I hope
    you got tons of money from Lucifer’s homegirl)

  10. Deb says:

    Is there anything the K-trashian empire doesn’t control about their “images”? Yeah sure this photo is sooo organic *insert sarcasm emoticon*

  11. gogoGorilla says:

    Why no story about her getting kropped out of the Vogue slide show of the Met??? I was hoping that would be covered here. Anna Wintour knows how to get the last laugh..,.

    • PHD Gossip says:


    • Tiffany27 says:

      I saw that and literally cackled for like 15 mins. Kim may have won tha battle by being allowed in, but Anna won the war!

      • dorothy says:

        OMG, love it!! Almost every actress, model, socialite that attended Met is in the Vogue slide show, except KIMMEE. How humiliating….haha

    • Eleonor says:

      Ahahah that was an hell of revenge!

    • A says:

      HAHA I cried laughing when I saw that. EPIC!!

    • jwoolman says:

      She may appreciate getting cut from the picture if she ever comes to her senses. She should want to forget the whole episode. That dress or whatever it was – it was really beyond insane even for Kim. Whoever told her she looked good in it? I see people on the street and in jcpenney commercials who look wonderful, pregnant or not. Why can’t she do that? She could shop on eBay and come out so much better dressed. It’s sad, since her image is obviously so important to her. Is it really that hard to know what colors and cuts look good on you? Especially if you have not much else to do? Can’t she hire someone to adjust things so they really fit her properly and look comfortable? Not that this would have helped with the couch fashion disaster…

  12. Dawn says:

    Yes. Kim KrapTrashian and Kanye West control the whole world apparently and somewhere the devil smiles.

  13. PHD Gossip says:

    just be aware of this: KK completely hijacked the publicity for the Met Gala. All the headlines were about her dress, gloves, sleeves etc. Must kill Anna W that she sucked all the attention away from everyone else.
    Anna needs to look up fame whore in the dictionary. Betcha she showed Anna a sketch of a demure black dress the night before at the private dinner Anna hosted for Kanye & Kim.

  14. CreamSoda says:

    Photoshop for sure: That is not the belly button of a pregnant woman at the end of the 2nd trimester or beginning of the 3rd one.

  15. Petee says:

    I think it is ridiculous how all of them like to be so photoshopped.No body is perfect and they need to get over the fact and not want us all to think they are.I wish magazines would stop using it too.It looks silly.Anyway that picture of Kim is comical.I love the fact how they tried to hide her huge,implanted ass.It’s such a weird shape.I am sure that is what hurt’s and not her pregnant belly.I am sure though both of them pulling each other in separate direction’s doesn’t help.Sorry guy’s no Lindsay sighting’s here in the desert yet,but give it time.I heard Brooke Muller just checked in.No wonder it rained here yesterday.

  16. Sam says:

    Well, Kim was bitching about how difficult her pregnancy been on the Ryan Seacrest special. She seemed to be admitting that she certainly wasn’t enjoying it. On the one hand, I feel a bit bad for her. On the other hand, as people have pointed out, maybe if she stopped wrapping her body into ill-fitting clothes and her swollen feet into heels- complaining about it and then doing the same the next day and maybe relaxed/didn’t get a flight what seems like every day. She’d feel a lot better. I fly semi-regularly on SHORT flights and I find it very exhausting. Slow down Kim. I guess she worries that if she’s not pap’d daily people will stop caring about her. Chill, Kimmy. Maybe if you weren’t so overexposed for a couple of weeks people wold forget what a vacuous, narcissistic idiot you are.

  17. truthful says:

    I’ve got to use this one

    “all roses, kittens and bubbles”


    she’s so vain, its pathetic.

  18. virginia5 says:

    Remember the pic she took of herself wearing a white shirt, and leggings in the changing room, and she had her shirt rolled up…well that was way back in the early stages of pregnancy and she was a lot slimmer, but her stomach was big and a completely different shape, then it is now the US cover….not saying she is faking her pregnancy but something seemed fake about the dressing room pic.

  19. Gossip Garl says:

    Nice photo-shop.. Imagine seeing THAT in a biKINI without PHOTOSHOP?HORROR!!

  20. Kcarp says:

    I feel her pain I hated being pregnant. I thought all that being pregnant is beautiful was the biggest lie in the world. I would look at the calendar and count the days not to when baby born but when I wouldn’t be pregnant.

    That being said I would do it a million times over had I known how great having a baby is.

    • Suze says:

      I think that your experience is very common and it’s great that you can be honest about it.

      There’s been a barrage of celebrities expounding on how wonderful, trouble-free and beautiful every minute of their pregnancies are – and if true, that’s great, but don’t make women who aren’t crazy about the pregnancy aspect of motherhood feel like dirt.

      Lots of woman go on to be great moms without loving up every minute of pregnancy.

    • Tiffany27 says:

      Kcarp don’t feel bad. Growing a human is tough work!

    • swack says:

      KCarp – understand where you are coming from. I think at one point all women wonder when the pregnancy will end. But, Kim makes herself miserable by the clothes she wears, shoes she stuffs her feet in, flying around the world, basically out everyday doing something. She never takes a break. Being pregnant is exhausting because the baby drains you of nutrients, makes it hard to sleep some nights, hard to do many things. Kim also NEVER talks about how excited she is to be having a child coming into the world. I agree with others, it’s always about how she looks and will look.

      • Dawn says:

        I agree with you. She wears shoes that would kill your feet on a good day let alone 7-8 months pg. I do believe that she has lied about her due date and will deliver this kid by the end of May or early June…because she lies as easily as most people breath. No way this kid is coming in July.

    • the original bellaluna says:

      I think this is totally normal. People tell you about morning sickness and labour pains, but nothing in between.

      Like, why did I get stretch marks ON MY ASS first? And what about the boob pain? And the jello-belly after delivery? And (god forbid!) the episiotomy!!

      (This was my first viable pregnancy, mind you, so I didn’t know squat.)

    • Shelly says:

      My sister-in-law is pregnant with her 4th child, and she has hated being pregnant each time, and it took her forever to get pregnant with her first one. She loves kids and wanted babies badly, but hates being “fat”, tired, bloated, etc, etc. She is an awesome mom, one of the best, so I think that hating being pregnant is not indicative of anything other than your body is just not the most comfortable to you then. My sister on the other hand loved being pregnant and had super easy deliveries. She is the one we slap, lol. She made it look easy….I don’t trust that after talking to my sister-in-law!!

    • Sarah says:

      Exactly. So you know this story is BS that a woman suddenly loves pregnancy in her third trimester. Lol I’m about the same pregnant as she is and this is the worst part!

      I’m also dreading how she’s going to whine about how hard it is to be a mom. And that’s something that really irritates me.

  21. lisa says:

    i notice they stop the photo at her robo ass. since it is full of fake parts, i dont feel bad about saying that. but it is her ass that makes her look unhuman.

  22. The Original Mia says:

    Is water wet? Then yes, she controlled it.

  23. yeahright says:

    I don’t see that much of a difference between the cover photo and the one of her in the red dress. I’m not saying the cover isn’t retouched but I wouldn’t say it’s totally inaccurate. It’s the most flattering angle she could have for sure… but we all have certain angles that look best.

  24. Teresa__Maria says:

    I hated my body all through my two pregnancies.
    I would have given birth to both of my kids twice if it had saved me from being pregnant. I guess for some women it just isn’t ” a walk in the park”.
    I do not think of myself as less of a woman/mother for feeling like this.

    So, I understand KK feels miserable, but that Photoshop is just ridiculous

  25. strah says:

    I wonder if she’s ok with people saying she hates her pregnant body as a way to ‘excuse’ her laps in super sexiness.

    Maybe she’s actually totally happy about it, but if you’re not sexy (for any reason) and happy about it, people tend to have a negative reaction. Look at what happened to Jessica Simpson. She got massively berated for being unapologetically huge and appearing happy at the same time.

  26. emily says:

    She’s had that hump on her nose removed. I know she used to use makeup to mask the hump and all but that is a new nose for real now. It’s totally different from Kim 1.0 or even 2.0.

    It’s terrible too. That nose is too small and my god, she’s the spitting image of Kris.

  27. Belle Epoch says:

    Lots of women cannot have babies and wish they could. KK should STFU and be grateful. Look at her own sister!

    • skyler1 says:

      I wish she would just enjoy being pregnant and embrace it like Jessica S, she has plenty of time to get her figure back.

  28. Elle says:

    Thank you! Why have no other blogs notice this! Dont you think it’s funny that this “candid” came out so late after all the others. Set up and photo shopped! She is so sad.

  29. bluhare says:

    Of course she is. her hands cover where he ass would be sticking out.

  30. janie says:

    I think she looks cute in the photo? Why doesn’t that body translate in regular clothes? I’m surprised? I thought the talk would be how she was cut out of the Met photo with Kanye? The whole Ball apoears to be a total fail on many levels…

  31. anon says:

    Was it not just a few weeks ago we were told KIM had no interest in cover offers for her baby bump & nudity. They had said at that time she had so many offers & turned them down. I think it’s fair to say that was a stunt to see if there were any offers because there was no demand. They had to go with US weekly AGAIN. Something like TMZ.

  32. emily says:

    I think say what you will about the Kardashians and their fame whoring ways… They have introduced different looking girls into the mainstream…. Before Kim it was Paris Hilton who couldnt be more generic if she tried. the Kardashians have different bodies, colourings, faces than most starlets out there. I enjoy the change… Curvy women, different skin and eye shades, different facial features… Lovely!

    • Tasha says:

      A famewhore is famewhore is a famewhore it dosen’t matter what size or color they are and it dosen’t make one better then the other.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      There are plenty of beautiful, unconventional exotic beauties that have actual talent, ya know.

      You don’t have to look to this soulless vessel of a human being as an example of diversity.

    • Jolinda says:

      I agree with you Emily. I am not a huge fan but “soul less vessel of a human being” is kinda harsh…

    • idk says:

      If you’re talking about just “reality stars” then yes, the Kardashians were one of the first “non-mainstream looking” types out…but if you’re talking about celebs in general, there have been plenty BEFORE the Kardashians came along…Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Tyra Banks, Salma Hayek…

    • Dawn says:

      Oh come on…these people including their father are Caucasians. Armenia is part of Asia and they consider themselves for the most part to Eurasian if anything. Kris Jenner is Irish and Scottish so stop with this nonsense that they are “exotic” because they are not. They are brunettes and short and that’s about it. Talk about being sold a load of Krap this is it.

  33. Nava says:

    I betcha Khloe and Kourtney are laughing behind closed doors about how big Kim is getting..

  34. Vic Kelley says:

    kim kardashian looks disgusting. If someone photoshopped or edited those pics they need to be fired – they did a very poor job.

  35. idk says:

    Who here thinks Kim will show herself in a bikini on the actual episode of her reality show where they go to Greece(which will probably air in a few months)?

  36. Norman says:

    Kim Kardashian has to be the biggest narcissist and most insecure celebrity on earth as Kim even has to have the paparazzi photoshop her. All the money in the world and all the allegedly ripped of products she sales in front of a large and very photoshopped Kardashian Kollection poster at Sears will not make her happy. Heck Kim even has been accused by fmr hubby Kris H. of calling her fans gullible, stupid imbeciles, she has not refuted that.

  37. madchen says:

    Not only did she demand the photoshop job, she probably arranged for the sidebar to cover her butt AND feature Honey Boo Boo’s mom, making her look tiny by comparison.

  38. KellyinSeattle says:

    There was a pic of her online, from when she was a young girl – even then, she really loved the camera. I doubt there’s anything in her life that she’d keep private.

  39. Prim says:

    Pregnancy and ageing are difficult times for narcissists. If you base your sense of self on being sexually attractive then you’ll struggle with anything that threatens that. I bet she feels that pregnancy is the worst thing she’s ever had to go through. Which is tragic really. I have twins and being twice as pregnant as a normal pregnancy was really hard work. I was huge and keeping my babies safe meant a lot of hospital time. Pregnancy’s not always fun but it’s a time to strip away those fears of not being a sexy young thing anymore. It’s an opportunity to grow into a different way of being, which you’re going to need after the birth when your world gets tiny and slows right down. What a waste of all of that if you’re spending your time photoshopping your belly and stuffing yourself into clothes that don’t fit.

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  41. Skinny says:

    Don’t be so hursh on her, it is hard being pregnant…show her some love!! :)

  42. kit says:

    I hope she never drops the baby weight