By Jamie Wetherbe
10:00 AM EDT, June 6, 2013
A waxwork of Kim Kardashian was unveiled Wednesday in Los Angeles – and not at Madame Tussauds.
On display at LAB ART Gallery, artist Daniel Edwards’ “L.A. Fertility” depicts the pregnant reality star in the nude.
The lifesize sculpture features “lactiferous breasts” and a “voluminous” belly “to entice visitors to give a respectful rub for good luck and success,” according to a release from the artist.
“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,” Edwards said in a statement. “Such criticism should be off limits.”
Also on display is Edwards’ "Womb Mates," a wax and bronze sculpture of a crowed "Royal Fetus" curled beside an angel-winged “Baby Kimye.”
Both pieces are for sale for undisclosed prices, according to Edwards’ publicist, Cory Allen.
The works are part of the artist’s “Celebrity Baby Boomer” series, which started with a 2006 sculpture of a nude Britney Spears giving birth on a bearskin rug. “She thought it was creepy, but she actually liked the piece,” Allen said of Spears’ response to her likeness.
Allen couldn’t comment about whether Kardashian, who didn’t pose for the piece, had any reaction to “L.A. Fertility.”
Known for casting celebrities in the buff, Edwards also has depicted a topless Scarlett Johansson cradling zombie heads and Angelina Jolie breast-feeding.
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