Kim Kardashian opened up about the reasons she decided to bare all in her now infamous Paper magazine photo shoot while appearing on Australian TV show The Project — and she even taught show host Rove McManus how to balance a champagne glass on his butt!
The reality TV show star was guest of honor on the popular Aussie show on Tuesday, Nov. 18, and reacted to critics who suggested that stripping off in a magazine isn't a great example for her young fans.
"I was so honored and excited to work with [photographer Jean-Paul Goude] because he is a legend, and for me that was something I wanted to do to make myself feel confident," she explained. "As a role model I'm not saying anyone else should do that, but for me it was an art project and it taught me to do what you want to do," she continued.
"I'm never one to preach, but I felt really positive and really good about myself. I love the photos, I did it for me, I hope other people like them," she said. Find out celebs' reactions to the controversial photos.
Show host McManus admitted to enjoying the photographs himself, but had one question that kept worrying him.
"Can you actually balance a champagne glass on your derriere, or was it all Photoshopped?" he asked his guest who was dressed in a black jumpsuit with plunging neckline.
"My back hurt for about a week after that shoot...I used muscles..," Kardashian said, faltering. "[Goude] has an art of posing you and it was definitely not comfortable," she added, laughing.
Suddenly producing a champagne glass, McManus asked if the curvaceous celebrity would be able to reenact her trick, or at least teach him to do it.
Kardashian agreed to the latter, but after trying in vain to get him into position, the 34-year-old star admitted defeat. "You don't have as big a butt as I do, so.....," she said.
Kardashian then explained that her current trip to Australia is a short one, so she hasn't brought daughter North West, 17 months, or husband Kanye West, 37, along for the ride.
"Last time we spent some time at the Brisbane Zoo and we loved it," she said of their recent koala-cuddling expedition. "My husband took my daughter to the Zoo in Los Angeles yesterday and was calling me saying he missed Australia and how jealous he was that I’m here because the zoos here are amazing. My daughter's obsessed with animals."