Kim Kardashian ‘s bum might be the most famous rear-view in the world – but even she has the same problems as 99% of other women, as was revealed this week when pictures of her bikini-clad butt came to light.
Everyone – including Piers Morgan – had their say on the seemingly candid snaps of Kim enjoying her dip in the sea while wearing a vintage Dior bikini.
With her famous bum on display in the green two-piece, Kim was both praised and criticised for ‘celebrating her cellulite’ by various commentators.
But was it all for show? Let’s unpack this.
Kim’s carefully stage-managed showbiz persona
Kim has been keeping a lower profile in the last six months, purely because she was recovering from the horrific ordeal in Paris that saw her tied up and robbed of her jewellery at gunpoint.
She admitted on Keeping Up With The Kardashians afterwards that her social media output – the constant flaunting of her bling on Instagram, the giving-away of her location on Snapchat – had to change, and that she was going to step up security to prevent another breach.
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Piers Morgan takes a swing at Kim Kardashian over bikini photos
But this week’s raucous trip to Mexico with sister Kourtney and their friends seems to have marked another turning point – was Kim forgetting her own promises in order to chase the limelight again?
Rather than the recent staged backgrounds of generic walls and rooms – carefully selected to prevent fans from guessing her location – Kim has been openly partying at the exclusive five-star holiday resort of Casa Aramara in Punta Mita.
She also spilled the beans on some of the more lurid stories from the trip, including that Kourtney had thrown up four times and then gone to sleep in her own sick, prompting fans to wonder why she was suddenly being so open about her life after months of presenting a totally different side of herself.
‘Set-up’ paparazzi shoots
It’s well known in the industry that certain celebrities make deals with photographers to snap ‘candid’ pictures of them – especially on the beach – and take a cut of the money.
Given how every other aspect of Kim’s life is so well managed, is it outside the realm of possibility that she could have been caught posing in the waves on purpose?
While there’s no evidence to suggest that she’s benefited financially from these pictures doing the rounds, it would seem unlikely that a resort as exclusive as the one the Kardashian sisters were staying at wouldn’t have a private beach – and if that was the case, there may well have been security standing by to intervene if they spotted anyone trying to take pictures of their famous guests.
And, it isn’t unheard of for the celebrity to ask a photographer to delete certain unflattering shots – which we can all emphasise with.
Changing her public image
Like all the greats – Madonna, Jesus – Kim has had lots of public personas. There was the raunchy wannabe of her leaked sex tape years, the Paris Hilton wardrobe stylist/assistant period, the career lift-off era when she was working flat-out to promote all sorts of products (snow boots, anyone? Energy drinks?).
Then there was the new dawn of the Kardashian klan – the sisters all got makeovers, landed their own show and suddenly were sparking headlines with every move they made.
Someone as savvy as Kim knows what the public wants and needs from their celebs – they want drama, love life gossip, insane outfits and cringy photoshoots – and Kim was going to give it all to them.
A short-lived marriage to Kris Humphries was followed by a surprise romance with Kanye West – and Kim’s star kept climbing, eventually landing her on the cover of American Vogue with fiancé Kanye, a massive engagement ring and their baby daughter North West.
It marked a huge step up from her early days of fame, but Kim knew she had to cement her status as a global star and style icon.
A naked full-frontal photoshoot for Paper magazine promised to break the internet before Kim quit stripping off to focus on her second pregnancy with son Saint.
So could these latest bikini snaps be Kim’s way of presenting a new, more empathetic side of herself to the public? One that says, ‘yes, I am beautiful, powerful and flawless – and so are you’?
So what’s the real story behind Kim’s untouched bikini pictures?
Again, we can’t say for certain that Kim allowed pictures of her cellulite to be taken – and we don’t know if she profited from them. But given her recent talk about wanting more security, paired with her penchant for tweeting when something upsets her, it would seem she doesn’t mind her bum being all over the internet once again.
One thing is for sure: Kim knows how to stay relevant, no matter what she’s doing.
And for that, we should bow down to her expertise.