Kim Kardashian’s pregnancy has been immortalized for all time in the form of a statue—and apparently, rubbing the statue’s belly will give you good luck. Or something. Here’s the deal:
The statue was created by artist Daniel Edwards—who, you might recall, is the guy that sculpted Britney Spears giving birth to her eldest son, Sean Preston—and is currently on display as part of his new show, “L.A. Fertility.” According to the Daily Mail, visitors to the exhibit at the LAB ART Gallery are encouraged to “give a respectful rub” to the sculpture’s baby bump for “good luck and success.”
Said Edwards of his work, “I was inspired by the beauty of Kim Kardashian and felt quite put-off by the media’s criticism of her weight gain during pregnancy. Such criticism should be off limits.” He went on to describe Kim as “the ultimate symbol of fertility” and said that he the whole belly-rubbing thing is a “reference to Buddha.”
I may not be a huge Kim Kardashian fan, and I think her maternity style hasn’t consisted of the most practical choices (although that red lace number she’s wearing up top is rather nice), but I’ve still felt bad for her, re: how much she’s been attacked for “gaining weight” during the course of her pregnancy. She’s got a PERSON inside of her, so of COURSE her body is going to change. It’s SUPPOSED to happen. She already seemed uncomfortable enough being pregnant (which might explain her impractical maternity style), so I can only imagine how much more uncomfortable all the harping about her weight has made her.
That said, though, I have enough trouble rubbing Buddha’s belly for luck, let alone Kim’s, mostly because I find the idea of rubbing someone’s—anyone’s—stomach for luck REALLY WEIRD. Even if it’s a statue. I also find most of Edwards’ work a little tacky-looking, but hey, what do I know.
The Kim statue is on display now at the LAB ART Gallery in L.A.; visit the gallery’s website for more info. The exhibit also includes a bronze of Baby Kimye in utero and a pre-natal portrait of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s forthcoming little one wearing a crown.
Tell us: Would you rub the Kim statue’s pregnant belly for luck?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.