UPDATED FEBRUARY 03rd, 2011 : Changed a better image of the cover below.
Kim Kardashian was in tears on Sunday’s episode of “Kourtney and Kim Take New York,” calling her nude photos in W magazine’s November issue “serious porn.”
But W begs to differ.
“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,” a spokesperson for the mag told fashion blog The Cut.
Kardashian appeared completely naked on the cover with text covering her breasts and nether regions.
An inside photo featured the reality star covered in silver body paint, though her privates were still clearly visible. The brunette beauty said she expected to be “fully covered in artwork” in the finished product.
“This is just absurd,” the 30-year-old said when she received an advanced copy of the magazine.
In the statement, the W rep said the cover was meant to be “a meditation on the influence that reality TV has on contemporary culture.”
Indeed, the magazine had crowned Kardashian the “Queen of Reality TV.”
“The inside portfolio documented the career and power of Kim Kardashian as a work of art,” the spokesperson explained, “using the language of artists like Jeff Koons (see Rabbit) and Gilbert & George (see The Singing Sculpture).”
It would seem Kardashian was either unaware of those art works – which her photos do resemble – or possibly didn’t understand the vision the magazine had for her spread.
A rep for Kardashian has not yet responded to a request for comment.