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11.12.14 3:48 AM ET

Kim Kardashian Bares Her Shiny, Bounteous Butt, Breaks the Internet

The reality star bared her infamous behind on the cover of Paper magazine, and the web went wild.

Kim Kardashian broke the Internet—and no, it wasn’t by sitting on it.

On Tuesday evening, Paper magazine unveiled their Winter 2014 magazine. One cover, shot by famed French photographer Jean-Paul Goude, showed Kardashian recreating the photog’s “Champagne Incident” shot, featuring Mrs. West in a body-hugging ballgown with a champagne glass resting on her extended derriere. The stream of bubbly from the popped champagne bottle creates an angelic arc over her, and lands right in the glass.

But it’s the alternate cover that has people a-Tweetin’. Also shot by Goude, it features Kardashian with her back to the camera and her head turned around facing it. She’s lowering the same dress, revealing her shiny, ample, heavily-Photoshopped behind—a play on her infamous Instagram belfie.

“For our winter issue, we gave ourselves one assignment: Break The Internet,” wrote Paper. “There is no other person that we can think of who is up to the task than one Kim Kardashian West. A pop culture fascination able to generate headlines just by leaving her house, Kim is what makes the web tick.”

The issue will hit stands Thursday and is priced at $10.

Between Nicki Minaj’s asstastic music video for “Anaconda,” Iggy Azalea’s head-scratching dimensions, and Jennifer Lopez’s aptly-named video for her song “Booty,” the tuchis is, of course, having a moment. Kardashian, ever the opportunist, no doubt surveyed the gluteus landscape and wanted in on the cultural “conversation.”

On his HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher last Friday, the acerbic host had some harsh words for our butt-crazy culture.

“Our culture is shallow because we don’t respect the elderly,” said Maher. “We venerate the young and let them rule everything. We let them run everything. How else would you explain the cultural moment that is now being enjoyed by the human buttocks? It’s an ass. It’s been around for centuries.

Half of our music and all of our dancing is just about worshipping, praising, staring at and waxing poetic about the human ass. Millennials should be called ‘Generation Ass.’”

Perhaps it's just Kardashian's way of saluting the troops on Veterans Day the only way she knows how.

As for what her husband, Kanye West, thinks: