Kim Kardashian knows how to break the internet. And the reality star is back doing just that with a newly released image from a fashion (or lack thereof) shoot with acclaimedÂ photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot.
For the image, which will be featured in a new book from the pair known colloquially as simply Mert and Marcus, the 36-year-old is seen climbing a tree and wearing nothing but hiking boots (and, for the Instagram censors, black stars strategically covering her chest).
â€œSo honored to have been photographed by Mert and Marcus for their book new book! 20 years in the making! Itâ€™s out Sept 7th,â€ theÂ reality star captioned the post.
Needless to say, Kardashianâ€™s racy display has sent social media into a frenzy, with the Instagram attracting more than 1 millionÂ likes in less than a day.Â And while she has a lot of fans who dig it, thereâ€™s also the critics, some of whom found the picture particularly offensive in light of Hurricane Harveyâ€™s destruction, the DACA repeal, and other monumental events.
Kim the world is coming to an end we don’t need a naked photo shoot right nowpic.twitter.com/5iYQcsFX6h
â€” efron. (@ehhlote) September 5, 2017
“Hey guys like forget Hurricane Harvey and DACA ending, and pay attention to me againâ€¦ ITS MEEEE, KIMMMMMMM K” #KimKardashian pic.twitter.com/goztyFnjbL
â€” Brittney Gilson (@brittneygilson) September 6, 2017
Kim, not today pic.twitter.com/MVZSPV4zDI
â€” Chevonne (@VonneMarie) September 5, 2017
Kim Kardashian deleted her nude tweet picâ€¦I guess she realizes climbing on a tree in hurricane season isn’t very smartâ€¦ pic.twitter.com/8jRRDFIP5f
â€” Helena Gutierrez (@MyPhotoQuotes) September 6, 2017
In March last year, Kardashian caused quite a stir when she shared a selfie on Twitter, and she later defended her decision to do so in a candid post.
She wrote: â€œI am empowered by my body. I am empowered by my sexuality. I am empowered by feeling comfortable in my skin. I am empowered by showing the world my flaws and not being afraid of what anyone is going to say about me. And I hope that through this platform I have been given, I can encourage the same empowerment for girls and women all over the world.â€
She also added: â€œThe body-shaming and slut-shaming â€” itâ€™s like, enough is enough. I will not live my life dictated by the issues you have with my sexuality.â€