Sonequa Martin-Green Will be the First Black Woman to Star on a “Star Trek” TV Series

Sonequa Martin-Green (Audrey Can)

Sonequa Martin-Green (Audrey Can)

Once again, science fiction imagines a more inclusive world for all of us. This time, “Star Trek” is adding on to its storied universe, and creating its first new franchise in a decade. Sonequa Martin-Green, actress on “The Walking Dead,” will lead the cast as a lieutenant commander in “Star Trek: Discovery.”

Martin-Green’s lead character Rainsford is a first for the series: She’s the first Black woman to star in a “Star Trek” series. In-universe, the lieutenant commander is also a first. Previous to the new series, all the lead characters had been captains. Executive Producer Bryan Fuller has spoken on the need for context and a new perspective, as well as his desire to have a Black woman lead the series.

Martin-Green will lead an inclusive cast, which includes Asian actress Michelle Yeoh playing another starship’s captain and Anthony Rapp as the series’ first gay character on TV.

#ThrowbackThursday: Kim Kardashian West, “Paper” Magazine, 2014

Kim Kardashian West, 'Paper' magazine 2014 (People)

Kim Kardashian West, ‘Paper’ magazine 2014 (People)

Remember when Kim Kardashian West broke the Internet? This was (not so far) back in 2014. She posed for Paper magazine. Cover shot: see above. Inside, the magazine featured shots of Kardashian West imitating a more famous photo and posing completely nude save for strands of her pearl choker (not a sexual metaphor).

Kardashian West didn’t get paid for her Paper photo shoot.

Though this wasn’t the first time Kardashian West posed nude, it was the time that everyone couldn’t stop talking about.


Kim Kardashian “Paper Magazine:” Instagram Likes Analysis

Kim Kardashian, 'Paper' Magazine 2014

Kim Kardashian, ‘Paper’ Magazine 2014

Happy Friday! When “Paper” magazine released its cover photos featuring Kim Kardashian, its stated goal was to “break the Internet” (well, mission accomplished). Naturally, both the magazine and Kardashian posted some of the shots on their respective Instagram accounts.

Since Instagram is the best app for sharing slice-of-life shots, this makes perfect sense. But they each seemed to take different approaches in doing so.

“Paper” Magazine:

The magazine, clearly excited about its work, shared all four of its photos. They also shared the photos in ascending order of nudity: First came Kardashian in her evening gown with the champagne glass balanced on her ass, next came Kardashian mooning the camera. The third photo showed her showing off her butt and boobs in profile, and the last one was her full-frontal. Both the third and fourth shots had back text bars obscuring her nipples and crotch where needed.

As of 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night, the magazine had 137K followers.

The number of likes per Kardashian photo are as follows:

Photo #1 (champagne glass): 9K+

This photo received likes from 6.57% of “Paper”‘s followers.

Photo #2 (full moon bare butt): 5K+

This photo received likes from 3.64% of “Paper”‘s followers.

Photo #3 (boobs and butt in profile): 2K+

This photo received likes from 1.46% of “Paper”‘s followers.

Photo #4 (full frontal): 3K+

This photo received likes from 2.19% of “Paper”‘s followers.

The Kardashian photos were the last photos posted.


Kim Kardashian:

By contrast to “Paper,” Kardashian only shared two photos: the champagne glass and the full moon, in ascending order of nudity.

As of 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night, Kardashian had 21M followers.

Photo #1 (champagne glass): 486K+

This photo received likes from 2.31% of Kardashian’s followers.

Photo #2 (full moon bare butt): 751K+

This photo received likes from 3.58% of Kardashian’s followers.

What’s interesting is that Kardashian posted four photos, all with husband Kanye West, afterwards. It appears that she sees the cover more matter-of-factly as part of her life, as contrasted with “Paper” for which this was a special event. The numbers bear that out.

Kim Kardashian Magazine Nudity: By The Numbers

Kim Kardashian, 'Paper' Magazine 2014

Kim Kardashian, ‘Paper’ Magazine 2014

“Break the Internet,” indeed. Kim Kardashian’s “Paper” magazine cover shoot debuted yesterday, and it’s already the talk of the town (and inter webs) due to her various nude shots.

In photos taken by Jean-Paul Goude, Kardashian poses mooning the camera (as the image above teases), and then goes balls (or boobs) to the wall and poses full frontal holding up her dress around her knees. This is the first time Kardashian has shown so much in a more artsy magazine.

Let’s take a look at how Kardashian’s nude magazine appearances in 2014 compare to the “W” magazine ones in 2010. (In terms of nude posing in magazines, we’re not counting “Playboy” because that would skew the sample.)

“W” Magazine, 2010:

Number of Cover Shots: 2

Number of Total Shots: 10

Number of Shots Sans Clothes: 10

Bare Butt: 2* (*one more prominent)

Bare Boobs: 2* (*shots where nipple is visible)

Full Frontal: 1* (*everything bare from the navel up)

(Technically, both cover shots are full-frontal, but text bars obscure the good stuff.)


“Paper” Magazine, 2014:

Number of Cover Shots: 1

Number of Total Shots: 4

Number of Shots Sans Clothes: 3

Bare Butt: 2

Bare Boobs: 2

Full Frontal: 1



#ThrowbackThursday: Kim Kardashian Nude in “W” Magazine, 2010 (NSFW)

Kim Kardashian, 'W' Magazine 2010

Kim Kardashian, ‘W’ Magazine 2010

Kim Kardashian’s “Paper” magazine photo shoot wasn’t the first time she’s stripped down for a magazine. That would be back in 2010 for “W” magazine and its accompanying article, “Kim Kardashian: Queen of Reality TV.”

In this shoot, her body was covered in silver paint (as above). She was reportedly upset with the result, telling her sisters Kourtney and Khloe, “I’ve definitely learned my lesson. I’m never taking my clothes off again, even if it’s for ‘Vogue.’” But later it’s reported she changed her mind and was proud of her photos.

Apparently, that only lasted a few years.