REPORT ON KIM KARDASHIAN'S COVER OF 'PAPER' MAGAZINE
Kim Kardashian & Nicki Minaj's Boobs: 1 Million Fans Google Queries About Their Breasts Each Year
KIM KARDASHIAN & NICKI MINAJ pull more Google searches about their breasts than most celebrities can muster on any more serious subject. But is this wrong? By Ben Arogundade. [Feb.25.2016]
NICKI MINAJ'S BOOBS, Kim Kardashian's boobs, Nicki Minaj’s breasts, Kim Kardashian’s breasts — these and other variations of adjectives about the famously heavy-chested rapper and the TV personality, all pull in heavy numbers on Google search. The tech giant — which records the total number of Internet search queries that people type into their browsers each month — reports 40,500 monthly queries for the term, “Nicki Minaj boobs” alone. When you add up all this mammary activity about both celebrities, it amounts to over one million searches per year — more than Google records for the term, “refugee crisis” (74,000 per month, 880,000 per year).
NICKI MINAJ & KIM KARDASHIAN: FAMOUS BREASTS
Nicki Minaj and Kim Kardashian's breasts, and their backsides for that matter, are almost as famous as they are — perhaps more so. We are now in the age of the appendage as personality, or personality extension. The Rolling Stone’s covers of the two celebrities displayed above (from January 15, 2015 and July 16, 2015) are overpowered by their breasts, which draw more attention than their faces, while the magazines cover lines all but fade into obscurity. The images play on male sexual fantasies and female insecurities, and perhaps even empowerment for those with similarly proportioned upper bodies.
Seeing both Rolling Stone covers together reveals how, for Kardashian, Minaj and others, this branch of modern celebrity has morphed into a competition for whose body parts can be the most spectacular, most in-your-face, most warped. The covers trade flesh in the most primal way. As the stakes get ever higher, full nudity will be the only place left to go in future celebrity, disqualifying the talented females who won’t strip.
CELEBRITY BOOBS BEAT REFUGEES
But is it Kim Kardashian’s and Nicki Nicki Minaj's fault that their boobs pull more searches than the refugee crisis? The answer of course is no. Google’s search numbers say more about us as insecure consumers, voting with our clicks via our electronic devices, than they do about the naked boobs of the celebrities in question. So, what does it say about our culture that more people online appear to be interested in big breasts than the big problems of the world? Perhaps that the demand for sexual escapism increases as more people struggle to cope with the reality of their own lives. Staring at images of a stranger’s breasts can become a coping mechanism, a welcome distraction, or even an addiction, bringing the recipient enough superficial relief to forget about their problems or their worries about the world.
SEX & THE YOUNG
Inevitably though, there are serious flipsides to this. For example, what is the relentless digital availability of sex and sexuality doing to our young? How do we counter the message that the most popular girls, and often the richest, seem to be the ones that take off their clothes? One might argue that it is the job of parents to regulate what media their children consume, but this increasingly difficult with the proliferation of mobile devices within their reach. One might say that the toothpaste is already out of the tube on this one, or perhaps more accurately, the boobs are already out of the dress.
BATTLE OF THE BULGE: Little is left to the imagination in these 'Rolling Stone' magazine covers of the breasts of rapper Nicki Minaj and TV personality Kim Kardashian. Google records over a million annual queries about their boobs.
Beauty History & Culture by Ben Arogundade, Author of 'Black Beauty'.
*KIM KARDASHIAN & NICKI MINAJ, ACCORDING TO GOOGLE SEARCH
The number of people worldwide who Google the phrase “Kim Kardashian's boobs” each month.
The number of people worldwide who Google the phrase, “Nicki Minaj's boobs” each month.
The number of people worldwide who Google the phrase, “Nicki Minaj's butt” each month.
The number of people worldwide who Google the phrase, “Kim Kardashian's butt” each month.
*All figures for “Kim Kardashian & Nicki Minaj, According to Google Search”, supplied by Google. Stats include global totals for laptop and desktop computers and mobile devices.
FRONT TO BACK: Above: Nicki Minaj's promo photo for her hit single 'Anaconda'. Google records 40,500 monthly Internet searches for the term, “Nicki Minaj's butt”. Above right: Kim Kardashian's rear appeared on the cover of the winter 2014 edition of 'Paper' magazine. Google records 49,500 searches for “Kim Kardashian's butt”.