After receiving some praise, and a lot of criticism, for deciding to pose completely nude in the winter issue of Paper magazine, released last week, Kim Kardashian has finally opened up about the inspiration behind the risqué photo-shoot.

While Kim was a guest of honour on Australian TV show 'The Project,' she addressed her many critics who slam her for setting a poor example to younger fans, and even attempted to teach the show's host, Rove McManus, how to balance a champagne glass on his behind.

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"I was so honored and excited to work with (photographer Jean-Paul Goude) because he is a legend, and for me that was something I wanted to do to make myself feel confident," she said during an appearance Tuesday (Nov 17th) on the Aussi show. "As a role model I'm not saying anyone else should do that, but for me it was an art project and it taught me to do what you want to do."

"I'm never one to preach, but I felt really positive and really good about myself. I love the photos, I did it for me, I hope other people like them," she added.

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Although the host McManus admitted he was a fan of the magazine spread, he was very curious about one of the props Kim used. "Can you actually balance a champagne glass on your derriere, or was it all Photoshopped?" he asked.

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Kardashian calls her racy magazine cover "an art project"

"My back hurt for about a week after that shoot ... I used muscles," Kardashian responded. "(Goude) has an art of posing you and it was definitely not comfortable."

McManus then unsuccessfully tried to balance a glass on his backside, and as the reality TV star tried to help him, she said, "You don't have as big a butt as I do, so..."