November 18, 2014 03:28 PM

If Kim Kardashian‘s naked photo shoot for Paper magazine left you with more questions than answers, you’re not alone. But luckily the 34-year-old star is addressing one of the more pressing queries still unanswered: Did she really balance that champagne glass on her backside or was it the magic of Photoshop?

“My back hurt for about a week after that shoot … I used muscles!” Kardashian said coyly during her guest appearance on the Australian show The Project. “[Photographer Jean-Paule Goude] has an art of posing you and it was definitely not comfortable.” (Later in the interview, she taught TV host Rove McManus the same balancing trick, warning him, “You don’t have as big a butt as I do.”)

The star also defended her decision to pose nude, subtly addressing all her critics who felt the shoot was a bad example for her younger fans and her daughter.

“I was so honored and excited to work with [Goude] because he is a legend, and for me that was something I wanted to do to make myself feel confident,” she explained. “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.”

Courtesy Paper

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Kardashian continued, “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.”

Right now, the star is Down Under for the launch of her latest fragrance “Fleur Fatale”, debuting the scent Monday in Melbourne wearing a super-shiny latex-looking corset dress with a major view of her assets — continuing her reign as the queen of the “If you got it, flaunt it,” philosophy.

Do you think Kardashian’s shoot is empowering for women? Share your thoughts below.

–Brittany Talarico


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