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Khloe Kardashian backs it up on Complex cover, with an assist from Kim

Khloe Kardashian is showcasing her backside and fit physique for Complex magazine.

Khloe Kardashian is showcasing her backside and fit physique for Complex magazine.

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Et tu, Khloe? Khloe Kardashian is showing Complex magazine readers a bevy of backside on the glossy's latest cover.

Subtlety has never been this family's strong suit.

The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star poses in a stringy one-piece swimsuit, straddling a workout bench with her back arched and an eyeful of her pert booty perched closest to the lens. Yep, that's the same backside the "Kocktails With Khloe" talk show host showcased in a series of twerking videos taken at half-sisters Kylie and Kendall Jenner's graduation party.

The derriere shot, which is splashed across Complex's August/September issue, hearkens back to older sis Kim Kardashian's infamous nude Paper magazine shoot, except this Kardashian is still (somewhat) clothed.

"I'm seriously obsessed with my @ComplexMag shoot!!" Khloe Kardashian tweeted, then she elaborated further on Instagram: "Seriously I can't believe this shoot I did for @complex!!! I'm still blown away by how talented @stevengomillion is!!! Shout out to my glam team @1maryphillips and @cesar4styles. @monicarosestyle you always know how to make me feel so comfortable on set!! You are my security blanket!! I love you all madly!"

In fact, Kim did have her say in this shoot, styling her sister and encouraging her to show off her fit physique, Khloe Kardashian explained in another post.

The pride the reality star had in the shoot was tempered by a wave of hateful commenters who lambasted Kardashian for retouching her training-themed photos. The forthright fashionista dealt a verbal lashing right back, defending some of the issue's interior shots.

"This one is for all the troll haters out there that cannot seem to give me an ounce of credit for my daily workouts!" the 31-year-old wrote, posting side-by-side images from the shoot. "The image on the left is an unretouched photo from the actual camera on the day of the shoot. The image on the right is the retouched photo. Yes skin is smooth and shadows are removed but I still think I look good on the left image. Flaws and all ... hi hater!!!"

In the feature story, Kardashian, who started routinely working out while rumors of her split with basketball player Lamar Odom were swirling, was nervous during the shoot. "I don't know if I'm ever gonna feel like 'Daaamn, you look good ...,'" she said. "But I've never felt as comfortable in my own skin than I do now."

Kardashian also elaborates on her family dynamic, protective feelings toward 17-year-old Kylie, reaction to Caitlyn Jenner's transition, Kim and Kanye West's relationship and rebounding from Odom.

The reality star filed for divorce in December 2013 while rumors of drug abuse and infidelity bubbled around the basketball star, whom she wed in 2009. Just last week, Kardashian took a step closer to finalizing the petition despite her fond feelings for her husband.

She said that she misses Odom every day and talks to him as often as she can. It's inconsistent, but that's not on her terms.

"When you genuinely feel like that was the right relationship, you're supposed to give it all you can. That's what marriage is about. It's not, 'Let's see if it works, if not we always have divorce,' I am not one of those girls," she said. "You took a vow before God and you're supposed to abide by that. I'm not rushing into my divorce because I'm not looking to get married tomorrow, so I don't have a deadline. I'm not rushing it. So when it's time and it's supposed to happen, it will."

Kardashian added that Odom is "genuinely one of the best people" she's ever met.

"I think Lamar's gonna always be that person [for me] but that's what made it so special. Even if I had it for five years or whatever, it was the best ever and I'm grateful I did. Some people don't get that ever and I had that magic for a long time."

Follow me on Twitter @NardineSaad.


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