On May 16, Kim Kardashian West collected the first-ever ‘Break the Internet Award’ at the 2016 Webby Awards — a function that has honoured excellence on the internet for the last 20 years. With the net proving to be such a game-changer in this day and age, this should be perceived as a serious honour. While offering up the award, Kim was praised for her “unparalleled success online” and great “understanding of how to connect with a global audience via social media.” She was also lauded as the “leading celebrity in terms of her online presence” and credited for creating “a new type of celebrity” while “breaking the Internet and putting it back together in her likeness.”
So it’s all good and we’d say #respect so far — but then came a Kim K moment. As she collected the award, the curvaceous Kardashian promised “naked selfies until I die” in her brief acceptance speech (‘brief’ is the wrong word if you’re not wearing any). Here we are, trying to take the whole matter seriously (as should we all, given the sums of money Kim is making while ‘breaking the Internet’), but when it boils down to naked selfies and little else (by her own admission), we’re struggling to give due credit. It reminds us of something the brilliant Bette Midler said when Kim posted a censored naked selfie back in March: “If Kim wants us to see a part of her we’ve never seen, she’s gonna have to swallow the camera.” We laughed out loud at that, but not without noting that Kim is the only one here laughing all the way to the bank.
Image Credits: Kim Kardashian for Elle UK; via celebmafia.com