Dipped in silver paint & reminiscent of Jeff Koons's obnoxious "iconic" bunny for the portfolio accompanying the feature article, the cutest member of the reality show clan graces the W cover clad only in a conceptual statement designed by artist Barbara Kruger and photographed by Mark Seliger. In a way, though, Kim's approach to her own stardom does appear to be an exercise in performance art. "I'm not a drinker, and when I'm up on the table dancing, it's for the picture," she reveals. "Then I sit right back down. I play into the perception of me, but it’s not really me. And the show reveals that."
The show also reveals that life prior to "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" was already conveniently Warholian & ready-made for Prime Time: "People would come over and say, 'Where are the cameras?' Everyone always said that it was like a sitcom at our house! We also knew that while we had the glitz and glam for an audience to vicariously live through, we are such a normal family that everyone can relate to." - and on a more redeeming note, that she has become a role model for curvy beauties everywhere. "I used to think, I have to be this or that or skinny, and now, because of the show, everyone is embracing just me, which has given me such a confidence. Now, I'm like, Why did I ever give that feeling the time of day?"
For more Kardash-related dish (like wearing black leather to marry music producer Damon Thomas, and why she's learned to stop Googling herself with a thin skin), check out the "story" at Wmagazine.com.
- Lesley Scott