High fashion is supposed to be weird and thought-provoking -- but a picture of a heavily-pregnant Kim Kardashian with her mouth smeared with bright red raspberry (strawberry?) jam just looks -- creepy? Ridiculous? Sticky? All of those things. But here's what it mostly looks like to me: Infantile. The photo, taken for CR Fashion Book, shows Kim holding a jar of jam, which is smeared all over her pouty "pregnancy lips." The photo was taken by fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld. I'm not sure what exactly he was going for. Probably nothing. He was probably just like, "Hey, let's smear some jelly on your face and see what people say about it."
So what I'm saying about it is this:
Kim, you look stupid. A grown woman can wipe her own face. She doesn't get jam all over her mouth and then sit there with her lips gaping open like some toddler who just got into the chocolate spread.
Is this supposed to be sexy or empowering, that a grown woman -- a pregnant one at that -- can't wipe the goo off her face?
If I'm overthinking it, it's because this is what "art" is supposed to make you do. Blather on about nothing important. So don't blame me, I'm just doing what I'm supposed to do.
I detect a hint of misogyny in the image. Like, Kim can't do anything for herself. She can't even wipe her own face. Help her. She's an infant. She's soooo messy. She needs a time-out.
The other photos in the spread are bizarre too but sort of in a predictably bizarre way: Kim with a gold grill on her mouth. Kim wearing a Yankees cap, and a black veil ... and holy shit, Kim, what did you do to your mouth?! And I'm not even talking about the grill. I'm talking about your lips. They're like 20 times the size they used to be and you can't blame pregnancy lips anymore. But whatevs.
Anyway, French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld has defended the photos, calling them "a precious moment of Kim’s pregnancy that people haven’t seen."
Really? Do pregnant women smear jelly on their faces, put on veils and gold grills, and mug for the camera? And if they do, do we need to see it? Shouldn't these women be getting professional help?
Well, to each their own. No one was harmed in the making of this silly photoshoot. Except Kim's jelly-stained mouth. She must have smelled like raspberries for days.
What do you think of Kim's jelly mouth?
Image via KimKardashian/Instagram