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The News Minute| November 13, 2014| 1.40 pm IST

Kim Kardashian recently ‘broke the internet’ with her racy photos on the cover of Paper magazine. The cover shows a nude Kim, baring her hugely famous rear (pun intended). There are two photographs – one where she is bearing her behind and another where she balancing a Champaign glass on her rear end and is being filled with Champaign from a bottle she’s popping.

The images caused much furor on the Internet, causing people to comment on body image issues and how she shouldn’t be posing naked anymore as she is a mother now. But an article on thegrio.com condemns the photographs not for body image issues, but because they carry racial undertones.

Kim Kardashian Butt Pixel

(Imange Courtesy: thegrio.com)

Paper magazine said that the photographer, Jean-Paul Goode, has just recreated one of his older ‘masterpieces’ which is a photograph of his then girlfriend in exactly the same position as Kim, popping a bottle of Champagne and filling a glass balanced on her butt. 

The writer of the article, however, claims that both photos are related to Saartjie Baartman. Saartjie Baartman was an African woman, who in the 19th century, was showcased in circus sideshows in England, as ‘exotic’ and a ‘freak’ due to her unusually large buttocks. The photo of Kardashian is remarkably reminiscent of Baartman’s pictures as well.

Saartjie Baartman

(Image courtesy: Wikipedia)

So do Kim Kardashian and her photographer realize the gravity of their ‘net breaking’ photo-spread? Apparently, not.

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