On Sunday, while everyone else was tuned into the 60th annual Grammys, somewhere, in an unknown location, a certain Kim Kardashian West laid perching, with sniper-like patience, waiting on the most opportune moment to pounce.
The Grammys were typical. A late night talkshow host cracked jokes, a no-name won Best New Artist, and hip-hop was deemed not good enough to win Album of The Year.
But Kim Kardashian knew this Sunday was special. She knew the entertainment industry and all its star power would be focused on one place, that it was Sunday and no one had anywhere to go or do.
Then, out of nowhere, right dab smack in the middle of Twitter debating where Beyonce’s outfit ranked in her all-time collection, Kim Kardashian drops a pic of her in a g-string.
I’m sure it was a mixture of crediting her African-American hair style to a white woman, calling them “Bo Derek braids”, and showing the world her intimacies, but either way it was a success — the media assassin secured another hit. All eyes were on her.
You need hoes like Kim Kardashian to appreciate women like Beyoncé
— lil duval (@lilduval) January 30, 2018
Society: “Free the nipple” “Don’t tell women how to and not to dress” “body positive”
*Kim Kardashian posts pic in underwear/ topless*
Society: “What a whore” “How embarrassing for her kids” “She should set a better example”
Welcome to 2018.
— Mariam Diamond (@MariamDiamond) January 31, 2018
If Kim Kardashian chose nudity, that's her/Kanye's business. And for those saying "she's a bad influence on teens" first of all, she was never a preacher or a writer of children's books. 2ndly, she never exerted herself a model over y'all kids. Let the woman be dear black women.
— BILLION (@BillionTwiTs) January 30, 2018
My fellow Black women: Do y’all honestly get offended when Kim Kardashian wears braids? Or are you offended because it’s the popular thing to do?
— Myleeza (@MyleezaKardash) January 29, 2018
first of all, fuck you @KimKardashian for wearing cornrows and calling them "Boderrick braids". second of call fuck you again for crediting the creation of "boderrick braids" to a white woman who was culturally appropriating cornrows to begin with.
— Queen (@poeticsoulinme) January 29, 2018
This is all customary. It’s textbook Kim Kardashian. This is right out the Kris Jenner playbook.
The woman who was first brought to social consciousness from a sex tape, has, throughout her career, tripled down on her blueprint for success — controversy and sex appeal. And thanks to claims of sexual empowerment and liberation, her actions become infallible.
Which is why she’s teflon whenever the general public does try and turn on her.
American television personality, Tami Roman, who first gained fame on The Real World: Los Angeles, had some choice words. “Maybe you’re just doing what you know how to do, the only the you know how to do, how you got in the business, but we’re pass that now, sis,” she ranted on her Instagram.
Similarly, Wendy Williams, went on her show The Wendy Williams Show today, that following Monday to pitch in her two cents:
“Kim, you know what? It’s clear that Kanye has nothing for you except dribble and feeble conversation. It is clear that Kanye does not pay attention to you. It’s clear to me that you are desperate, desperately trying to stay in the spotlight.”
“There is no man—I mean, Kanye makes money. Kim makes more. Why are you still doing this? It’s not even about the mother thing. Forget the mother thing. You’re a mother. A lot of people would say she’s a mother. It’s about, she doesn’t have to do that anymore.”
In response to the backlash Kim responded appropriately: by dropping more, way sexier, photos on the gram. One of the photos in particular seemed to address her haters. It pictured Kim on the phone, ordering “zero fucks.”
I know the average attention span has decreased dramatically over the years, but surely we can recognize a trend when we see one.
Today, as the embers from her cultural appropriating braids and her photos still cook, Kanye conveniently unleashes a cast of social media influencers and celebs, including Paris Hilton, to rock Yeezy Season 6 looks for this year’s Fashion Week.
The YEEZY SEASON 6 campaign continues and now includes IG models, influencers & friends in the same looks and locations as Kim’s pics.
All the photos were debuted on instagram by the models. pic.twitter.com/igsRpYAIoK
— KimKanyeKimYe (@KimKanyeKimYeFC) January 31, 2018
Coincidence? I think not.
If anything, it’s akin to 2016, when, after Kanye released The Life of Pablo in mid February, Kim dropped some nudes a couples week later in early March — subsequently, the same month Charlotte Tilbury revealed their Kim Kardashian lipstick, named Kim K.W.
I’m not saying the nudes helped, but they sure didn’t hurt.
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 8, 2016
The truth of the matter is that we’re not mad at Kim’s nudity as a mother; Amber Rose, who is also a mom, was literally dressed up as ‘Captain Save a Hoe’ at last years Slut Walk.
We’re not mad that she’s wearing braids; it’s nothing Khloe and Kylie haven’t already sported. We’re mad that it’s Kim, her demand of attention, and that she’s able to continually pull it off.
We hate when Kim Kardashian takes her clothes off because we know the inevitable is is going to come shortly after — media frenzy and a product push. We hate that we see it coming, yet we fall for it every time.
Kim Kardashian is a marketing savant. She has every media outlet eating out her palms and with Kanye as her spouse, it’s almost too easy.
Naked Kim Kardashian is not news, yet it will always inevitably become just that.