12 Butts More Beautiful Than Kim Kardashian’s

We've all seen it.

Source: Papermag

Yep. That's amateur porn starlet/reality TV icon/video game tycoon/married woman Kim Kardashian on the cover of Paper Mag.

And that's her ass.

As Paper Mag intended, the Internet has already broken itself several times in reaction to the glossy display of Kardashian's planetary booty — as if we hadn't seen it before.

Earlier this year, Vogue caught flak for its tone-deaf article crowning Kardashian the harbinger of the "Era of the Big Booty," and rightfully so — full-figured muses have been showing off their assets for centuries, and for better reasons than to sell you more fake clothes in a mobile app. But(t) if you're still convinced that Kim's in possession of the perfect posterior, check out these other mind-blowing booties that predate the rumpus royal.

Kardashian's cover shot may have broken the Internet, but these junk-trunked ladies (and gentleman) prove that she's far from the first — or the loveliest — to bare it all. Some say that the big booty "phenomenon" is just another pernicious trend, the latest cultural reminder that women's bodies are constantly available for inspection and appraisal by strangers. We're not saying that ogling Paper Mag's cover is akin to street harassment, but if you do feel compelled to comment on a stranger's derrière, at least go to a museum and give yourself a dose of culture while you're at it.

Reclining Nude, Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Those curves are kickin'!


Reclining Woman, Pablo Picasso


If you've got it, flaunt it!


Danaë and the Shower of Gold, Léon-François Comerre

Danaë? More like damn-naë!


The Rokeby Venus, Diego Velázquez

Your hips sure don't lie, Venus!


Nude Woman Reclining, Seen from the Back, Vincent van Gogh

Shawty had them apple-bottom jeans in 1887, that's for sure!


David, Michelangelo Buonarroti

Source: Flickr

You betta werk, David!


Reclining Nude from the Back, Amedeo Modigliani

Dang, girl! Somebody's been doing their pilates!


Hand Drawing Back the Golden Fleece in the Form of a Cloud to Show Gala the Dawn, Completely Nude, Very, Very Far Away Behind the Sun, Salvador Dalí

"What you got a big booty / Big big booty ..."


Danaë, Gustav Klimt

Source: Kelliedayart

This ancient Greek princess still has it goin' on!


The Bathers, Paul Cézanne

Source: Wikimedia

We got a big booty party up in here!


Danaë with Eros, Titian

We get it, Danaë, you're proud of your butt, but don't you think this might be distracting people from your singing career?


Venus of Willendorf, unknown

Source: Winoldi

Damn.

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Scott Bixby

Scott is a senior correspondent at Mic, covering the Republican presidential campaign and LGBT issues. He is based in New York and can be reached at scott@mic.com.

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