When I first heard about, then saw the photo of Kim Kardashian showing her butt on the cover of Paper, I thought that it would be the perfect opportunity to finally write the post that I mentioned I would write in this blog’s About section, almost two years ago. Back then, in order to justify my reason for launching an anonymous blog, I wrote:

To be or not to be—out of the anonymity closet—is a question with which I have struggled for quite some time. I feel very strongly that today we simply reveal too much: too much boob, too much butt, too much emotional baggage. I think that we need to bring back discretion, and even some degree of mystery, to our lives. But, that will be the subject of a future post. So for now, and until I decide what to do, you will know me as The Opinionista.

I still feel the same way about both, emotional and physical discretion, and I have felt like this forever. Even in my roaring 20’s (which were not in The Roaring Twenties, of course), I never felt the need to go around showing T&A. In fact, for me, the height of sexiness was (still is) wearing a black dress with a high front neckline, low-cut back and a string of pearls dangling on the back. I used to believe that men also preferred to see less, to imagine more, and that this more discreet way of dressing would incite their interest first, then their desire.

Besides, to be honest, I’ve always been a bit of a prude. I still don’t walk around the gym locker room naked, and I get pretty shocked every time I see someone doing it.

I’m telling you all of this not because I have a sudden need to reveal stuff, but because I want to give you context to what I’m going to write next.

The first Kim butt photo I saw was the one on the Paper cover. I couldn’t stop staring at it. I was utterly fascinated. Wow, really, the size of that butt, and even if it was Photoshopped, I’m thinking that it was to make it smooth, not bigger. But, the thing that really caught my eye was her waist. Could it really be that small? Maybe not, maybe it’s Photoshop too.

Then I looked at her pearl necklace, the hairdo, the black gloves, the black dress that she’s holding with her finger tips, the background color, and it dawned on me. The photo is beautiful. Now, since I’m a sucker for classy accessories, it could be that I’m blinded by the pearl necklace and the black gloves. Butt, but that would certainly be offset by the fact that I’m not a Kim Kardashian fan.

No, there’s no doubt. I like that photo. Furthermore, as a woman, I neither feel offended nor pressured to go get a Kim Kardashian butt. But that’s not all I have to say. Looking at the photo, I thought, “what’s the big deal (besides the fact that it’s a big butt)?” What’s more, if there are people, like Kim Kardashian, who are comfortable enough in their skin to have their butt photographed, more power to them.

It is, however, possible that I reacted this way because the photographer is Jean-Paul Goude. I’m familiar with his pre-KK butt work and I think that he’s a visual genius. I think that he proves it once again with these two photos:

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Then, again, I saw Kim Kardashian’s full frontal from this same photo shoot, and I hated it, Goude and all. It reminded me of the women who walk around naked in the gym, and you already know how I feel about that.