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Kim Kardashian is one cheeky mother

America’s favorite voluptuous celebrity Kim Kardashian has yet again made headlines for her latest cover in Paper magazine.

Two infamous shots have circulated the web since the release of the December issue. The cover photo depicts Kardashian in a black vintage-styled gown popping a bottle of champagne while balancing a glass on her buttocks. In the second photo Kardashian is “tastefully” butt-naked showing off her best asset.

There are plenty of comments on every social media outlet about the “beloved” Kim K right now. Her portfolio of sexual and provocative photos seem to just keep growing.

Some are in favor of this; ride or die Kardashian fans continue to give momentous support for all of her actions– whether it’s plastic surgery, getting married for a third time or voluntarily stripping down for every photo shoot, her fans will always see her as the “goddess” she is.

Others hold contempt for the sensational star. After going through a few comments on her Instagram and cover shoot photos, her haters are adamant and never hesitate to spend time writing spiteful and malicious remarks about her appearance, personality and life choices.

After looking through the photos and reading Kardashian’s interview in Paper magazine, I found four things that really made me cringe.

1. Everything is heavily Photoshopped

Naturally, magazines photoshop models and celebrities who are featured. Photographers change facial dimensions, remove blemishes and even out skin tones, and slim down “fatter” areas. Usually Photoshop is noticeable, but it is used to enhance their features in a “wholesome” way. The level of Photoshop used on Kim Kardashian is unprecedented. The only thing I am slightly sure about is that her butt is the only thing not Photoshopped. The face, arms, and waist are manipulated to the point that she looks like a curvy Armenian version of Barbie.

2. The idea behind the photo is controversial for being racist

The photographer Jean-Paul Goude, who conceptualized the idea for Kim’s photo shoot, has been accused for “objectifying and exorcizing black women’s bodies” in the past. While Kardashian is obviously not black, her cover photo balancing the champagne glass is a recreation of his 1976 shoot “Champagne Incident,” featuring a naked Carolina Beaumont charismatically balancing a glass on her arse while popping champagne. While the photos are somewhat similar, the intention behind each is not. Goude’s artistic vision was to worship and celebrate Kardashian’s fame for “breaking the internet,” while Carolina Beaumont’s photo sparked racial tension as many believed Goude depicted Beaumont as a “slave who lived to serve.”

3. Kim Kardashian is a mother

The famous Kardashian is thirty-four years old. In her past, she has posed nude for Playboy, Maxim, GQ and more (let’s not forget her sex tape either). Her body is well-known for being curvy, womanly and booty-and-boobie-licious. But now that she has a one-year-old daughter, wouldn’t she think it’s time to round up the girls and focus more time and attention on her baby rather than vain indulgences like taking nude photos and provocative selfles for the world to see?

4. Her butt is way too oily.

This is the last thing I’m going to say about the whole predicament. I don’t know why, but the fact that her butt is more oiled up than movie theater popcorn or a porn star’s behind makes me feel really uncomfortable. What’s wrong with just having a normal, healthily moisturized bottom? Did it look too flat without adding oil (if that’s even possible)? Is having a “matte” bottom not “in style?” The decision to do such a thing creeped me out. I also send my condolences to the make-up artist who had to rub it on her arse.

I can’t say that I hate Kim Kardashian. The reality show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” is my guilty pleasure on E! Network. I won’t deny that she is beautiful and that she has a donk bigger than three of me combined. But I don’t support the way she carries herself, especially now that she is a mother.

However, at the end of the day, people will do what they want despite all the hate they receive. So you do you Kim.

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