After Kim Kardashian saw her nude W pictorial, she said on her new show, Kourtney and Kim Take New York, that she felt misled about how much of her nipples the magazine planned to show. “I’ve definitely learned my lesson. I’m never taking my clothes off again, even if it’s for Vogue,” she asserted. A W Magazine spokesperson responds in an e-mail 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).
See? It was art.