Cristo Redentor (in English, Christ the Redeemer), the world’s largest statue, is a cultural icon: It’s featured in the 2009 disaster film 2012, in a version of Angry Birds, in the remake of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe, in The Twilight Saga, and in Mr. Magoo.
Made of reinforced concrete and soapstone, the 635-ton monument stands 2,300 feet over the city of Rio de Janeiro, atop Corcovado mountain in Brazil’s Tijuca Forest National Park.
And now, it’s caught the eye of Hollywood actress Kim Kardashian and her boyfriend Kanye West. The pair, in Rio for the celebration of Carnival, visited the symbol of Brazilian Christianity and posed for a few photos. Here, the pregnant media darling Kardashian—her baby bump visible beneath her form-fitting, hot pink dress—strikes a pose in front of the statue.
The Hollywood crowd seems to love this photo flaunt. Myself, I’m remembering the reality star’s sex tape with singer Ray J, her multiple marriages, and her reality show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”—and I’m having a difficult time reconciling all this with the symbol of the risen Christ.