Kim Kardashian
Jean-Paul Goude / Paper Magazine

UPDATE 5:42 p.m. PT November 12:

Apparently French photographer Jean-Paul Goude was able to capture Kim Kardashian from ALL angles, and here are the newly released frontal shots, via Paper magazine. WARNING: Definitely not safe for work. Or people with cardiac conditions.


Kim Kardashian nude – foolproof formula, apparently. And no matter how many times it’s been done, it still has the ability to “break the Internet.” That’s exactly what Paper magazine sought to do with its latest Winter 2014 issue cover with Mrs. West showing her infamous backside.

The magazine proudly posted the cover on its website, stating:

“For our winter issue, we gave ourselves one assignment: Break The Internet. There is no other person that we can think of who is up to the task than one Kim Kardashian West. A pop culture fascination able to generate headlines just by leaving her house, Kim is what makes the web tick.

We tapped legendary French photographer Jean-Paul Goude to recreate his iconic “Champagne Incident” shot (an image also known as Carolina Beaumont, New York for the name of the model and the location in which it was taken) and all we can say about the images inside, which we’ll be releasing this Thursday, is…holy fucking shit.”

Kim seemed equally excited to present the issue on her social media platforms and wrote: “Paper Magazine new cover alert! – such a honor to work with the legendary Jean-Paul Goude!!!! Shot this in Paris. Can’t wait for you to see the the whole issue”


But in just a matter of minutes the memes started spreading like wildfire on social media.

First came Dane Cook, who accused the magazine of heavy photoshopping:

Hours later, Chelsea Handler challenged Kim on Instagram with her own belfie (butt selfie): “Can you believe more than 2 ass can fit on the same screen? Guess which one’s real. Your move, instagram.”

But Chelsea didn’t stop there. Referencing the reason she left Instagram two weeks ago, when the app removed a photo of hers topless citing a violation of “community guidelines” she asked: “Just so I’m clear, Instagram…it’s ok to use nudity to sexualize yourself on your site, but not to make a joke? I’m just so confused.”

Others got even more creative:

Co-host of Toronto’s Breakfast Television’s Kevin Frankish did his own version of the cover shoot with coffee:

Lorde and Naya Rivera seemed to take offense at the fact that Kim is now a mom:

Love it or hate it, the effect was the same. It got people talking.

Kanye seems unfazed at the criticism. This is what he had to say on Twitter:

He was right in that this is what the Internet will be talking about ALL DAY.


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