'W' Magazine Defends Naked Kim Kardashian Photos

The Kourtney and Kim star was livid over photos that showed her "more naked than Playboy"

Kim Kardashian has posed for her share of tastefully nude photos, but her November 2010 shoot for W magazine -- in which she was photographed wearing nothing but silver body paint -- was definitely the most revealing. Unfortunately, it seems that the reality star had no idea she was going to be quite so exposed. Her shocked reaction was aired on a recent episode of her E! reality TV series Kourtney and Kim Take New York.

"Oh my God, I'm more naked than Playboy!" Kim exclaimed when she saw the W photo spread. (Kardashian posed for Playboy in 2007, and was indeed more covered up than she was in W.)

On the show, Kim was seen crying, saying that the editor "promised I would be covered with artwork on top of me" and calling the pictures "serious porn."

"I feel so f***ing taken advantage of right now," said Kim. Watch the clip below.

Did the magazine really take advantage of Kardashian? A spokesperson from W responded to her criticism on Tuesday, explaining that the celebutante should be proud of the nude photos -- because they're art.

"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, and was a meditation on the influence that reality TV has on contemporary culture," writes the magazine's rep. "The inside portfolio documented the career and power of Kim Kardashian as a work of art, using the language of artists like Jeff Koons (see Rabbit) and Gilbert & George (see The Singing Sculpture)."

For those of you who have no idea what the heck the rep is talking about, The Singing Sculpture is a work of performance art in which the artists wear suits and metallic paint, and Rabbit is a sculpture of a big metal rabbit. Neither piece of art involves anyone showing their nipples. So if W is trying to argue that they printed the naked photos for art's sake, rather than to sell magazines -- well, they're not being very convincing.

They also didn't address Kim Kardashian's actual complaint, which was that she only modeled nude with the understanding that her privates would be covered up. If this is true, the magazine breached her trust in a major way -- and that's totally unacceptable, even in the name of art.

Kardashian decided ultimately to let it go, saying that the photos looked amazing and she's "glad she did them." She also said she'd hesitate before posing nude again, which seems totally understandable. Here's our advice, Kim: Next time you take off your clothes for a photographer, don't just take their word that you'll be covered up. Get it in writing!

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