Coming soon, to the coffee tables of people who shouldn't be allowed to spend money near you: the Kim Kardashian selfie book, with a special foreword by bewbs! At long last, Kim Kardashian has released the cover of Selfish, her selfie book, and it's just as bonkers as you would've guessed. In other news, art is dead!
For the defining image of the photo anthology (if you can call a glossy-paged portfolio of Kim Kardashian's glamour shots such a thing), Kim chose a shot with her signature sparrow face and an ample amount of cleavage. On Tuesday, Kardashian shared the image on social media (where else?) thanking her publisher Rizzoli, as well as her hubby-bae, Kanye West, for "for inspiring this idea & helping to design this book so I can share a decade of selfies in such an intimate & artistic way."
If this sounds like she's giving herself too much credit, let's remember that the description of this book anoints Kim the "modern personification of Marilyn Monroe" and "a trailblazer of the selfie movement." Not to mention, she's credited with having "mastered the art of taking flattering and highly personal photos of oneself."
BEHOLD! A Flattering and Highly Personal Photo of Oneself, by Kim Kardashian, 2014.
I guess if we're really stretching, we could say that Kim's selfies are akin to Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans or his Marilyn Monroe screen prints. They're endemically recognizable images of mass culture that give a snapshot of particular time. But let's be real, that's giving Kim WAY too much credit. It's not aesthetic cultural commentary, guys. This is a book of smartphone pictures, that will probably be sold for the price of a fancy meal at a high-end restaurant. If this is a portrait of the zeitgeist, the zeitgeist gives me every reason to eject myself from society and move to Antarctica.