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See How Our Celebrity Friends Celebrated Thanksgiving

How did celebrities spend Thanksgiving? Well, just like us, except maybe with snazzier dinnerware

Thanksgiving 2014 has been its usual heady mix of travel chaos, gluttony and family feuding. And naturally social media was swamped with our celebrity friends demonstrating just how down-to-earth and wholesomely they celebrated the holiday. And, of course, many failed spectacularly.

Some overachieving celebs tweeted their thanks before the big day arrived:

When the day finally came, some stars were grateful:

Others were very grateful:

Some instructed other people to be grateful:

Or encouraged other people to go shopping:

Or went shopping themselves:

Some celebs got to go home:

Where there were some kiddies:

And wives:

And plenty of cousins:

And some guests with unusual interests:

Plus some food:

(Some more appetizing than others):

Of course, there were also some pounds, real or imagined:

Some spent it with exemplary cutlery sets:

Others, without electricity:

And some couldn’t resist a little bit of sass:

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Kim Kardashian Shares Her Latest Magazine Cover With a Cupcake

Elle UK

Break the Internet, Part 2?

Less than two weeks after “breaking the Internet” with her nude cover of Paper Magazine, Kim Kardashian is gracing the cover of another glossy mag—this time with a cupcake.

Elle UK‘s January issue features Kardashian in three alternate covers, shot by fashion photographer Jean Baptsite Mondino. But this time, rather than having her derrière resemble “a glazed Krispy Kreme donut”—as Brain Moylan wrote for TIME—Kardashian has posed with an actual pastry. One of the covers of “The Confidence Issue” features Kardashian wearing booty shorts and staring wistfully (er, confidently) at her cupcake frosted covered fingers.

Elle explains that the reality star and app mogul “has also, through her unerring self-belief, redefined our perception of body beautiful.”

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Let Kim Kardashian’s Butt Help You Study for the SATs

Kim Kardashian Paper Magazine
Jean-Paul Goude—Paper

Can you calculate the area of this booty?

For most teens, studying for the SATs is a major bummer. But it doesn’t have to be. The people behind test preparation company Catalyst Prep believe in the educational utility of a healthy sense of humor. In an effort to meet teenagers in the bubble of reality TV and social media in which they exist, the company tweeted last week, “As patriotic, pop-culturally-minded Americans, we couldn’t help but see Kim Kardashian’s recent photos as an opportunity to teach SAT math.” They proceeded to cook up some of the most culturally relevant geometry lessons the Internet has to offer.

Catalyst placed Kardashian’s famous backside at the center of several word problems. One challenges students to calculate a perimeter:

Another focuses on angles:

And a third explores the relationship between area and diameter:

For all that’s been written about the photos — that they’re bereft of meaning, indicative of larger issues around representations of black women or simply images of a woman in control and having a good time — it’s now safe to say that the butt that nearly broke the Internet is serving at least one purpose for good.

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Jennifer Aniston on Kim Kardashian’s Butt Photo: I Was the Original

The Friends star's bottom covered Rolling Stone before Kardashian's derrière covered Paper

If the Internet in 1996 wasn’t already slow and limping thanks to dial-up, Jennifer Aniston probably would have #BrokenIt.

Nearly 18 years before Kim “Break the Internet” Kardashian posed nude for the cover of Paper magazine and threatened to destroy the web as we know, it the Friends star posed for Rolling Stone in a cover shot that showed off her butt.

“I was an original, all right?” Aniston joked to Extra on Thursday at the Los Angeles premiere of Horrible Bosses 2. “Sorry, Kim K.”

Aniston did say, however, that Kardashian — whom Vogue editor Anna Wintour recently suggested was not “deeply tasteful” — was a little more in-your-face on Paper than the actress was on Rolling Stone.

“That was just innocent,” she said. “There’s nothing aggressive about that.”

[People]

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Kim Kardashian’s India Trip Called Off Amid ‘Visa Issues’

Kim Kardashian Promotes Her New Fragrance "Fleur Fatale" In Melbourne
Kim Kardashian smiles as she promotes her new fragrance "Fleur Fatale" at Chadstone Shopping Centre on Nov. 19, 2014, in Melbourne, Australia Scott Barbour—Getty Images

Mrs. Kayne West was due to appear on an Indian reality TV show

Kim Kardashian’s upcoming India trip has been canceled because of apparent visa troubles.

The 34-year-old reality TV sensation was due to make a guest appearance on the popular reality show Big Boss, the Indian version of Big Brother, which is hosted by Bollywood actor Salman Khan.

“Just touched down in Australia!!! My perfume world tour begins for my new fragrance Fleur Fatale! Next stop India then Dubai! All in 1 week!” she tweeted on Monday.

Big Boss, currently in its eighth season, has had falling ratings this year. Kardashian’s visit had been much hyped by the Indian media. She was reported to be paid more than $800,000 for the stint, in which she would don a traditional sari.

Organizers confirmed to the BBC that “visa issues” were to blame for the cancellation. Reuters reports that the undisclosed issues would take a while to solve, which would conflict with Kardashian’s busy schedule.

Most recently, Kardashian, who is married to U.S. rap star Kanye West, was in the news in an attempt to “break the internet” with an artistic nude spread in Paper magazine.

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Anna Wintour Implies Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Are Not ‘Deeply Tasteful’

Vogue Kanye West & Kim Kardashian
Vogue

"I hope another Kim Kardashian comes this year!" said the Vogue editor

When Vogue magazine put (a fully clothed) Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on its cover earlier this year with the unwieldy hashtag #worldsmosttalkedaboutcouple, some accused the magazine of being desperate for buzz. (Never mind that the issue’s sales reportedly failed to meet expectations.)

But during a talk at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday, Vogue editor Anna Wintour said being the #worldsmosttalkedaboutmagazine has always been the goal — while also suggesting that the two stars are not “deeply tasteful” people.

“I think if we just remain deeply tasteful and just put deeply tasteful people on the cover it would be a rather boring magazine,” Wintour said. (Is she unaware that, as far as Kim covers go, the Vogue appearance was about as tasteful as you can get? Did the Paper cover break the Internet at Condé Nast?) “Nobody would talk about us. It’s very important that people do talk about us.”

Wintour sounds like she’s throwing a lot of shade at the couple, but the rest of the editor’s comments appear to be complimentary. She said Estée Lauder’s decision to make Kardashian’s half-sister Kendall Jenner their new face was “fantastic,” and Wintour also said she has a long history of putting controversial celebrities (such as Madonna) on the cover of the magazine and helping make them “part of the establishment.”

“I hope another Kim Kardashian comes this year!” Wintour concluded. The Internet has been warned.

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Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi Try to Break the Internet With Their Holiday Card

#TGIT Premiere Event Hosted BY Twitter
DeGeneres (L) and actress Portia de Rossi arrive at the #TGIT Premiere Event hosted by Twitter at Palihouse Holloway in West Hollywood, Calif. on Sept. 20, 2014. Amanda Edwards—WireImage/Getty Images

"A shiny new rear," DeGeneres quipped

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are good at multitasking – they’re getting their holiday cards ready, doing something for a good cause and poking fun at Kim Kardashian all at once.

On Monday’s Ellen, DeGeneres revealed her latest cheeky holiday card: a riff on Paper magazine’s “Break the Internet” campaign that featured a nude Kardashian on the cover.

DeGeneres and de Rossi’s card reads “Happy Holidays And a Shiny New Year,” and shows their heads Photoshopped onto Kardashian’s baby-oiled body.

“A shiny new rear,” DeGeneres quipped as she showed the studio audience her handiwork Monday.

DeGeneres’s holiday cards are part of a partnership with Shutterfly to donate money to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Humane Society.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Kim Kardashian on Nude Photo Shoot: ‘I Did It for Me’

"I love the photos"

It seems like just about everyone has an opinion about Kim Kardashian’s Internet-“breaking” nude photoshoot for Paper magazine. The reality star herself is no exception.

“I’m never one to preach, but I felt really positive and really good about myself,” she said on the Australian show The Project Tuesday. “I love the photos, I did it for me, I hope other people like them.”

Kardashian also praised photographer Jean-Paul Goude: “I was so honored and excited to work with him because he is a legend. And she added that the poses, which included balancing a champagne glass on her butt, made her “back hurt for about a week.”

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Kim Kardashian Will Guest Star on Indian Reality Show

Kim Kardashian attends the Hairfinity UK Launch Party on Nov. 8, 2014 in London.
Kim Kardashian attends the Hairfinity UK Launch Party on Nov. 8, 2014 in London. Karwai Tang—WireImage/Getty Images

Called 'Bigg Boss's House'

Kim Kardashian will guest-star on Indian reality show “Bigg Boss,” a TV channel there announced Sunday.

The show is similar to the show “Big Brother,” but following small-time celebrities locked in a house for 90 days without phones or internet access. Kim won’t be one of the locked-in celebrities, but her guest appearance could boost the show’s falling ratings, Reuters reports. The reality star made headlines last week by posing nude in Paper magazine.

In a press release announcing the appearance, Kim made a statement in Hindi which translates to: ““Hello India… I, Kim Kardashian, am coming to India… in Bigg Boss’s house.”

[Reuters]

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Kim Kardashian’s Nude Photos and Saartjie’s Choice: History’s Problem with Fascinating Bodies

Kim Kardashian (L) on the cover of Paper Magazine and an illustration of Saartjie Baartman (R) Jean-Paul Goude—Paper; Library of Congress

Linking Kardashian's recent Paper Magazine portrait to another famous body raises some serious questions

Saartjie Baartman’s is the body that launched a thousand revolutions. Kim Kardashian’s is the one that tried to break the Internet—and this week, when a nude photo of the latter made the cover of Paper magazine, many commenters made note of the striking similarities between Kardashian West’s nude profile and that of Baartman’s several centuries ago. In the 19th century, Saartjie Baartman’s striking proportions took her from Africa to Europe, where she performed as a curiosity. Her legacy in feminist circles is well known; she’s a worldwide symbol of racism, colonization and the objectification of the black female body. However, while many historians have pieced together what they believe to be the life and times of the “Hottentot Venus” during her stint as a performer in Europe, relatively little is known about the real life circumstances of Baartman herself.

In fact, even many people who are somewhat familiar with Baartman likely only recognize the 1810 illustration of the profile of her semi-nude body that once served as an advertisement for her performances in Europe. But seeing those advertisements as part of a whole life lends another dimension to her story—and to Kardashian West’s.

As researcher Bertha M. Spies detailed this summer in a piece about Baartman’s life that appeared in the journal African Arts, Baartman was born in the 1770s, about 50 miles north of the Gamtoos Valley in the Eastern Cape of what is now South Africa. She became a domestic worker, a slave employed by a Dutch farmer, before being sold to a wealthy German merchant in Cape Town. Baartman worked for the merchant until his death in 1799, at which point she moved to the home of the Cesar family, who were registered in the census as free blacks. She would give birth to three children during this time, all of whom died in infancy.

Baartman was nearly 30 years old by the time she left for Europe in 1810 with a British Army surgeon named Alexander Dunlop. As described by a 2010 biography of Baartman by Clifton Crais and Pamela Scully, Dunlop saw the attention that Baartman’s body attracted, so he worked with the Cesars to bring her to London. There, Baartman’s nude body was exhibited to the public, and she sometimes played instruments and performed dances native to the Khoikhoi tribe of her origin. Baartman would be made available for private showings in the homes of the wealthy where at extra cost, patrons would be allowed to touch her.

Baartman only ever granted one recorded interview, in October of 1810, which is now available only as a paraphrased Dutch translation. The interview was recorded in response to abolitionist’s claims that Baartman was being exploited and enslaved. In the interview, taken to England’s highest court, Baartman stated that she was happy, came to England of her own free will and was being paid for her work.

Due the constraints of language and the lack of other personal accounts, little is known about the reality of that happiness. Was she exercising her own free will in choosing what to say? Was she coerced into lying to the court? In either case, Baartman’s life and interview bring up a greater issue: is it possible to separate a person’s choices from the world in which they live? Baartman said she was showing off her body by choice, but what other choices did she have? Kardashian West is a powerful modern woman who presumably could have said no to the photo shoot, but she still lives in a culture that objectifies female bodies; how much free will can she really have? Are Baartman, Kardashian West and the bodies between doing the acting, or being acted upon?

Eventually, when his English audiences raised objections, Dunlop changed aspects of the show to make it more respectable. Namely, Baartman’s body stocking, which gave the appearance of nudity, was scrapped and she wore a tribal costume instead. But the change backfired for Dunlop: public interest waned and viewers complained. It turned out they hadn’t wanted respectability at all. The interest, unsurprisingly, had been prurient, rather than anthropological, all along.

So Baartman’s show moved to Paris, where she was on display for ten hours a day, and illness and alcohol abuse made it difficult for her to perform. During this time, interest in Baartman’s body shifted from the spectacle to the scientific; scientists used her large buttocks and extended labia to compare Blacks to orangutans. Baartman died in poverty in 1810, and her body became the property of scientist Georges Cuvier. It was displayed in a Paris museum until 1974, when activists successfully petitioned to have Baartman’s remains returned to her birthplace in South Africa.

There’s something to be said about confronting the respectability politics that deny women the agency to choose how and when they will display their bodies and the social policing that says modesty is best, but the story and legacy of Saartjie Baartman complicate these issues in ways few are able to reconcile. Unlike Baartman, Kardashian West has been able to capitalize on the public’s fascination with her body and likeness both financially and socially—but when we consider that that fascination is rooted in the same (perhaps perverse) curiosity that turned Baartman from a human being into a museum display, it is not unfair to wonder just who is exploiting whom.

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