Back to Top
9

That time Kim "broke the internet."

photo: Gawker

In November 2014, Kim Kardashian graced the cover of Paper Magazine. The "break the internet" photo is a re-creation of Jean-Paul Goude's 1982 "Jungle Fever" photo. Goude took both photos. 

Beyond that, Kim's photo recalls the exploitation of Saartjie Baartman, a Black woman who lived during the nineteenth century. The native South African was captured, sold, and sent to Europe to perform in a human-oddities show — because of her large buttocks and elongated labia. 

She became known as the Hottentot Venus, and spent the remainder of her short life being exploited in freak shows.

That historical context can't be divorced from the celebration of Kim's body and autonomy.