We don’t usually purport women like Kim Kardashian here at SheRa Mag. A reality TV star whose achievements include a sex tape and marriage to Kanye West does not a SheRa gal maketh. But what caught our eye was news that the middle Kardashian sister is releasing a book of selfies. Yes, you heard right. Entitled Selfish (I must admit, I think the title is quite clever), Rizzoli Publishing is releasing 352 pages of Kimiye from every angle, taken of her, by her. And, it’s being touted as a “coffee table” book, a genre usually reserved for hardcover glossy publications full of beautiful photography and, as flavorwire.net states, “designed to indicate the relative level of sophistication of its owner.”
Lucy Thomas’ piece in our The Dream Issue, “The Self Behind the Selfie,” delves into the selfie culture and its effects on self-esteem. Kardashian, whose self-esteem is so intact she has to unleash on the world a tome of her face, tits, and bum from every angle, completely supports Lucy’s “argument that the content we post and our interactions with others seem to rest on an underlying contest for mass approval.” Not a stranger to the cameras by any means, Kim Kardashian has a very popular reality TV show, has starred in video clips, been the subject of numerous photo shoots, and has uploaded her wares for all to see on social media. But collating these and releasing a coffee table book with a price tag of $19.95 begs the question: has the selfie culture gone too far?
Kardashian’s book definitely marks a new stage in the selfie culture: the overt entry into the mass market. Whereas before selfies simply helped to increase the popularity of celebrities (and consequently their bank accounts), a book devoted entirely to selfies means that people will now fork out actual cash to make these (not even interesting) celebrities even richer.
The book was inspired by the time when Kardashian compiled a book of naughty snaps of herself for Kanye West’s eyes only, reports Jezebel. “It ended up turning out so cool that we come up with this idea to do a book, a selfie book,” she said on her reality show. “And so, I’m going to make some super-racy. I mean, every girl takes full pictures of their [rear] in the mirror… I might share some of them.” Thanks, Kimye. But perhaps those images should have remained for Kanye’s eyes only.