Paper’s Mickey Boardman on How the Kim Kardashian Shoot Happened

November 13, 2014 9:42 AM

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Paper’s Mickey Boardman on How the Kim Kardashian Shoot Happened

Earlier this year, while planning a Jean-Paul Goude shoot with Kim Kardashian, Paper magazine's chief creative officer Drew Elliott offhandedly remarked, "This is going to break the internet." That prophecy became the coverline of the magazine's November issue, featuring an image of Kardashian's glistening bare ass, along with the words "Break the Internet." The response to the nude cover shot is pretty much what he'd predicted: memes aplenty, predictable outrage, and sheer goggle-eyed gaping.

Mickey Boardman, Paper's editorial director, talked to the Cut about how the story came about, how getting butt-naked was all Kim's idea, and on the images from the spread yet to come.

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