Kim Kardashian-West Uses Graphic Images To Launch Fragrance Line – Bodies Look Like Cadavers

Kim Kardashian-West Uses Graphic Images To Launch Fragrance Line – Bodies Look Like Cadavers

By now, no one is surprised by the actions of reality television star, Kim Kardashian-West. With such a massive following on social media, it seems like she could wipe her rear, post the paper on Instagram and we'd have an instant Instagram hit. After all, art is subjective, right? Were the images she used in her recent campaign to launch her newest line of perfume used in good taste, or was the advertising concept a fail supported by her massive... following?

Sales of the perfume will ultimately tell whether or not the photographs of nude female bodies (photographer currently unknown), some of which feature bodies painted with a type of grey body paint and glitter, attracted more consumers. Call me morbid, but the first thing that came to mind when I scrolled by one of the images in my Instagram feed were memories of my time spent in the medical field and dead bodies - perhaps about as far removed from thoughts of delightful fragrances as ever.

The images have been removed from Instagram, citing a violation of their policies.

With over 120 million Instagram followers, Kardashian-West seems to have the Instagram world wrapped around her highly manicured pinky finger. With such a following, it can become questionable whether or not her use of graphic imagery in advertising is effective or not. The images have since been removed from Instagram, citing a violation of their policies. 

What are your thoughts on the images that were used to promote the launch of her fragrance line? 

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Elan Govan's picture

Kim who?

Ansel Spear's picture

Vile. But then, that's her M.O.

Dylan Bishop's picture

WTF? Just.. why? In what world would this have been a good idea? Crazy.

Studio 403's picture

Pathetic

Leigh Miller's picture

lol...such interesting times to be alive...

and why this on fstoppers ?

Jeff Walsh's picture

my only guess is because pictures...but other than that, I can't fathom why this is an article. I literally only clicked it because I wanted to read these comments.

Because they are out of new ideas on how to remain relevant in today's day and age and have to resort to BS like this lol

Michael Comeau's picture

“I hate good taste. It's the worst thing that can happen to a creative person.”
-Helmut Newton

Ryan Luna's picture

to suggest a dead body looks better than a living one is kind of weird. lol

user-206386's picture

Geez - I look at these photos, and then at the comments, and then I scroll to the bottom of the page, and see all the half-naked women you all apparently photograph, and the hypocrisy just leaves me agape. So the bodies are painted in some grey paint. In fact, that they don't look like perfect naked bodies makes them miles more interesting than the soft-core porn you all traffic in.

I know you'll all trash me, but these photos at least stop me and ask me to ponder what it is about bodies that interest so. The removal of identifying characteristics like nipples turns them into pure form, ala' Weston and his pepper.

Look down at the bottom of the page - women with their clothes falling off and gaping vacantly into the camera. You call that art? It belongs in the pages of a men's magazine, and nothing more. These photos above will likely hang in a gallery, and rightfully so.

Ask yourself this question: had Steve McCurry or Platon taken these photos, would you have had the same reaction?

Mr Hogwallop's picture

But these are not meant to be the interchangeable nudes that are on most photo sites. Most of those are "weil lit" overly processed conventional copies of copies of a picture someone saw on another site..
They are something else. Like the landscape shot Kanye took from a car window that got all the "why didn't he do it how I would do it " guys posting.

user-206386's picture

Your "bad taste" is subjective. These photos made me stop and inspect and think. Far more so than any of the throwaway images of women's bodies on this site. These are far more post-modern than any of the photos on this site even try to be.

A photograph with conventionally perfect lighting, styling, composition, and post-processing still does not equal a good photo. A good photo makes you stop and think and really look at it, not just scroll past it.

user-206386's picture

What has that got to do with anything? If you don't have a rebuttal to my assertion that these are interesting photos for the reasons I've stated beyond "you have bad taste" then you have run your course. Will any credentials I choose to share change your conception of my taste? If so, then you're shallower than the concept of "post-modern erotic photography". With all due respect of course.

Ian Eisenberg's picture

Looking at the featured photos it looks like about 25-30% are of women and Damn few of those are nudes or even provocative .

Tim Ericsson's picture

Pervy old men who couldn't get a woman to give them the time of day without a camera in front of them need a way to see half-naked women in real life. That's why most of those pictures you're talking about on the bottom of the page exist!

Kirk Darling's picture

Lazlo Toth? THE Lazlo Toth?

user-206386's picture

You get the award for first to ever catch that.

Ian Eisenberg's picture

Your opinions now make a lot more sense.

Kirk Darling's picture

The question is: Will they encourage anyone to buy the perfume? "Umm, yeah, I wanna smell like one of those women."

But as has been noted, the name "Kim Kardashian" will bring in the purchases. The images are just an indulgence.

Mr Hogwallop's picture

Looks like they used Sony, shoulda used a Canon to get that healthy orangey glow...ya know "color science"

stir photos's picture

a little dark, but i think it's funny! haha

Robert Callahan's picture

How is it dark...you do know these aren't cadavers. It's glitter paint.

stir photos's picture

haha.... never mind dude, you don't get it. you see, mr. hogwallop is essentially using clever language to portray the differences of Sony and Canon on the theater of the "cadavers". see how i put "cadavers" in quotes? that's sarcasm, btw... ha. but yeah, seriously, i got (and still do) that they're "not cadavers", and glitter paint was probably almost certainly used, lol... but, yeah, thx. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29rMIfibt9g

Robert Callahan's picture

I fully got Mr. Hogwallops joke, it's hilarious. My comment is not in response to his joke, but rather your "a little dark" comment. I thought you were thinking they were real dead bodies and you thought joking about cadavers was dark. You missed the point of my comment a little bit. No worries though. You went all out in your response...I must have hit a sensitive spot. Have a good one mate.

Robert Callahan's picture

You realize the comment you’re butthurt about literally starts with “how is it dark” jeez man, learn to read.

stir photos's picture

you did it, man... hahaha https://goo.gl/images/HBY2Er #dontBeThatGuyNow

Robert Callahan's picture

Did what exactly? I feel like we are having two different conversations.

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