W Defends Naked Kim Kardashian Cover

Magazine calls cover 'meditation on the influence reality TV has on contemporary culture.'

Kim Kardashian may have been upset about her nude W magazine cover, sharing her distaste for it on this week's episode of "Kourtney & Kim Take New York," but reps for the glossy fashion magazine are defending the Mark Seliger photos, which featured Kim completely nude, strategically covered by headlines.

"In keeping in line with the theme of W magazine's November Art Issue, Kim Kardashian's cover was conceived as an artistic collaboration with well-known artist Barbara Kruger, and was a meditation on the influence that reality TV has on contemporary culture," the magazine said in a statement to New York magazine's fashion blog the Cut. "The inside portfolio documented the career and power of Kim Kardashian as a work of art, using the language of artists like Jeff Koons [see Rabbit] and Gilbert & George [see The Singing Sculpture]."

For those who missed the episode, the reality starlet initially cries over the W cover before mom-ager Kris Jenner helps her conclude that she's helping women and that the cover is artful. Despite her pledge that she won't go nude again, even for Vogue, she later jokes that she might — if Vogue calls.

"I'm more naked here than I was in Playboy [in 2007]," Kardashian said. "I'm so f---ing mad right now. ... She promised I would be covered with artwork. ... This is serious porn. ... You can see nipple." She added to her sister, while in tears, that she was told "nothing would be seen. I feel so taken advantage of. I've definitely learned my lesson."

While she seemed very upset about the photos, when Kardashian chatted with Ryan Seacrest later on, it seemed that the shock had worn off. "At the end of the day, they are gorgeous photos, and I'm glad I did it, and I love them. But at the time, I was shocked about how they weren't how I thought they would be," she noted.