Kim Kardashian's sex appeal may be exactly what has made and kept her famous, but it remains as compelling as ever on her latest cover. For the A9 issue of Richardson, which coincides with the magazine's 20th anniversary, Steven Klein photographed the beauty icon in a concept inspired by Japanese adult anime thriller Perfect Blue.
The star poses topless for the shoot, recreating memorable scenes from Perfect Blue, which is also celebrating its 20th anniversary. One photo is a bird's-eye view of a nude Kardashian face down in a bathtub, and another mixes inspiration from underwater and mirror imagery using a fish tank.
The photos are at once erotic and contemplative, reminiscent of the anime's exploration of voyeurism and the dark side of fame. Clips from the film once showed up in a remix of Madonna's "What It Feels Like for a Girl" video during her Drowned World Tour in 2001, and Kardashian seems like a fitting choice to bring the imagery back, thanks to her sex appeal as well as her transformation into a more understated beauty icon.
Kardashian is also a fitting subject to reappropriate Perfect Blue's imagery as she's lately been taking a lot of inspiration from Japan. The obsession led her to travel there with sisters Kourtney and Khloé, which in typical fashion led to drama, as she called them clowns for wearing touristy looks. More recently, the star came out with a cherry blossom collection for KKW Beauty, showing that even if the family bonding aspect of her trip didn't stick, the natural Japanese beauty certainly did.