By now, if you haven’t seen Kim Kardashian’s Paper Magazine cover shoot, you’re just not paying attention.
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First, Kardashian tried to #BreakTheInternet with a shot of her naked booty. Then, when the magazine was released, we learned that Kardashian had done a completely nude inside shoot. We’re talking a full-frontal, nothing-left-to-the-imagination kind of shoot.
In an age where celebrities normally do anything they can to keep their naked pictures off the Internet, it wasn’t long before the real question was raised: How much did Paper pay to get Kardashian to strip all the way down? The answer is definitely not what you’d expect.
Kardashian’s full-frontal fee? Zero. Zilch. Nada. According to E! News, Kim didn’t earn a single penny for the controversial, revealing shoot.
Sure, Kim Kardashian probably isn’t someone who needs a huge paycheck. According to celebritynetworth.com, her net worth is $65 million and she makes $25 million to $30 million a year, and that’s not even counting whatever astronomical amount of income hubby Kanye West contributes to the household. But considering the controversial nature of a nude photo shoot — especially one going online, free for all to see — you’d think Kardashian would be compensated somehow.
According to E! News, a rep from Paper confirmed that Kardashian wasn’t paid and said there was another reason she agreed to appear in the mag.
“She was very excited to work with French photographer Jean-Paul Goude,” the rep said. “Paper has never paid anyone to be on its cover.”
And a source close to Kardashian told E! News the nude shoot wasn’t even planned.
“Kim went into the shoot with just the one cover image in mind: the champagne pic, because Jean-Paul Goude wanted to recreate his pic he took 30 years ago. That was it,” the source dished about the shoot, which was done during Paris Fashion Week in September.