In the U.S., we’re used to seeing far more of Kim Kardashian, even on Twitter, where she (yawn) habitually posts photos of herself -- in lingerie or swimwear or less --- to entice her 17 million-plus fervent followers.
But the reality star/fashion designer covered up -- slightly -- for the cover of an Arabian women’s magazine called Hia.
The reality star swapped her usual skin-tight, assets-emphasizing clothing for a series of diaphanous veils worn over elegant evening gowns for the cover shoot.
Although she had on veils, they didn't hide her cleavage-exposing plunging neckline gown designed by Stephane Rolland -- definitely not traditional Muslim attire. It might even be considered dangerous to wear such an outfit in many Middle Eastern countries.
Kim recently visited Kuwait and Bahrain to promote the Millions of Milkshakes ice cream-and-yogurt chain.
Kim talked to the Daily Mail about her cover shot: “Hia is the leading luxury lifestyle magazine for Arab woman, and I’m honored to be on the cover. This shoot was so different from any I have done before, and I’m so pleased with how the cover turned out. I loved how [Rolland's] couture creations brought a modern twist to old-school glamour.”
Mohieb Dahabieh, the creative director for the shoot, also explains his concept: 'I chose to re-inflate an air of mystery into the simmering Kim and usher her back to a bygone era. In exploring the psyche of image, in shifting the frontier between public and private, was I perhaps prompting the perfect 21st century bombshell to unpack her inner allure and taste the transcendental from within?"
We never thought of it that way.