There is no question that Kardashian has become a master of her domain. She has been incredibly successful at parlaying her initial rounds with nudity (via a sex tape and a spread for Playboy) into widespread popularity. She has played the red carpet and reality shows like a harp. In short, she is not a stupid woman. She knows the marketability of her sex appeal, and has done well in building a brand well beyond a still photograph here and there.
It is this same level of intelligence that brings me pause when I watch her stunned, tearful reaction to the photos in the W spread, which feature her sometimes fully naked,Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â and other timesÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â covered in silver paint.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â She insists that she was assured that her nudity would be covered in letters and artwork.
What confounds me is this: If, in fact, there would be so much of the body covered… why couldn’t the photos have been done in a bikini? Or even have some of thoseÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â things you can get to cover her … you know… and a thong to cover the other stuff? (I’m trying to keep it clean here.) I struggle with the idea that a person could be so shocked that a nude spread would be so… nude.
In truth, there is little that canÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â surprise our over-exposed society anymore. And I find nothing wrong with the pictures (except that an eightÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â year old girl at an Airport newstand shouldn’t be able to see them so easily. They’re really not cover-appropriate… but this isn’t the first time or the last that’s going to happen.)
I just want to put it out there that I’m not buying the ‘shock and awe’ routine. And, over a drink or two, I’m convinced she would probably admit, if only with a wink, that it made for good television. And here I am, talking about the moment… so in effect, mission accomplished!
Kim is a gorgeous, savvy woman. Once again, she has drawn us in, and gotten us talking… score one more for team Kardashian!