Kim Kardashian Didn’t Get Paid for the Pose That ‘Broke the Internet’

Over the past decade Kim Kardashian has been one of the most talked about celebrities.

The popular star’s name is often in the media and headlines for everything from her marriage to her family’s reality television series, Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Thanks to Bravo’s footage and reality television show, fans and followers of the Kardashian and Jenner family have been able to have a front-row seat to the ins-and-outs of the celebrities’ daily lives. Though many of the episodes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians have often revolved around the cast’s personal lives, much of the content also focuses on the family’s professional endeavors.

When the Bravo series first began airing, Kim Kardashian‘s storylines were frequently centered around her modeling career that her mom, Kris Jenner, helped her manage. Take a look back at some of the star’s most legendary photo shoots, and the irony surrounding the fact that Kim Kardashian actually didn’t get paid for the pose that ‘Broke the Internet’. 

A few of Kim Kardashian’s most memorable cover shoot photos 

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Kim Kardashian’s reputation and career began to skyrocket after the premiere of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. In no time the popular reality television star was landing major cover photo shoots and features. In July of 2011 Kim Kardashian appeared on the cover of Cosmopolitan rocking what her fans recognize as her trademark pony.

Not too long after that Kim Kardashian posed naked for the front of GQ’s 10th anniversary Love, Sex, and Madness issue. However, to this day, many people still talk about her legendary appearance in Paper Magazine‘s Winter 2014 issue. 

Kardashian’s unforgettable feature in ‘Paper’ 

Kim Kardashian was incredibly excited to model for Paper and to have the opportunity to work with Jean-Paul Goude, one of the most well-known and respected photographers in the industry.

When the final product was revealed, Kim Kardashian seemed ecstatic with the unique feature. However, as MIC reported, it wasn’t all smooth sailing for the famous model and her highly-talked about cover. Shortly after the photos began circulating, it soon became clear that many individuals were upset with Kim Kardashian’s insensitivity and many people accused the star of cultural appropriation.

As her fans and followers know, this wouldn’t be the first or the last time Kim Kardashian would find herself in this situation. However, that still might not have been the most shocking piece of information linked to her iconic cover for Paper

Kardashian actually did not get paid for the pose that ‘Broke the Internet’ 

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Thanks to podcasts like Spotify‘s Even the Rich, fans and followers of Keeping Up with the Kardashians are able to unpack and closely analyze the ever changing events and circumstances of the cast. In “Break the Internet” the podcast’s hosts recap Kim’s photoshoot for Paper magazine and the controversial reactions to follow.

The cover of Paper’s Winter 2014 issue that featured Kim Kardashian quite literally read “Break the Internet”, and, in many ways, it did just that. However, the podcast also reveals the surprising details related to how much Kim Kardashian got paid for the shoot, which was absolutely nothing.

The highly-anticipated cover shoot and feature ended up being a marketing opportunity for Kim Kardashian to promote her coffee table book, Selfish. As many probably have guessed, the book is a collection of the star’s most favorite and beloved selfies.