Kim Kardashian’s butt is threatening to break the Internet

Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian, seen earlier this month at the LACMA Art + Film Gala in Los Angeles, captures the Internet spotlight again with a feature in the winter issue of Paper magazine.
(Jordan Strauss / Associated Press)

Kim Kardashian's butt is threatening to break the Internet.

And it's easy to see why. (And once you see it, you can't unsee it.)

Kardashian posed for the winter issue of Paper magazine wearing nothing more than pearls and long black gloves. The star of the photo? Her naked and quite ample behind, covered in oil, and offset by a teeny tiny waist.

This being a family newspaper and all, we can't actually show the photo. But the censors have agreed to let us link to it here.

The photo was accompanied by an equally simple headline reading "Break The Internet. Kim Kardashian." That translated into #BreakTheInternet when Kardashian posted the image on her Instagram account. The hashtag quickly became a trending topic on Twitter, and 640 thousand "likes" on Instagram.

There's an alternative cover of the magazine -- seen above -- that shows the pop culture trend-setter wearing a black dress and balancing a champagne glass on her shelf-of-a-behind. Bubbly defies gravity all around her, trying to get to that glass.

Once you've had a chance to take it all in, you probably have a question or two.

And we're not talking about the age-old question of, "Is that butt for real?" She says it is, and we'll leave any naysaying to the tabloid scholars and Photoshopping experts.

No, the question we're talking about is: How did this get past the Instagram censors?

Other celebrities -- talk show host Chelsea Handler and Hollywood offspring Scout Willis, among them -- have battled with Instagram after the photo-sharing social media platform clamped down on their accounts after the posted photos involving nudity. (You can see what Handler had to say about the Kardashian butt pic here.)

Instagram's terms of use say "You may not post violent, nude, partially nude... pornographic or sexually suggestive photos or other content..."

Do you think Kim Kardashian's photo was appropriate for Instagram?