Artist Daniel Edwards, a sculptor, known for casting celebrities in the nude, will debut a lifesize sculpture of pregnant Kim Kardashian next month in Los Angeles.
The artwork of the reality TV star, titled "L.A. Fertility," features Kardashian in the buff with "lactiferous breasts" and a "voluminous" belly "to entice visitors to give a respectful rub for good luck and success," according to a statement 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 wrote on a on his website.
"Such criticism should be off limits," he also said.
The Kardashian sculpture is part of Edwards' "Celebrity Baby Boomer" series, which began with a 2006 sculpture of a nude Britney Spears giving birth on a bearskin rug. Other works by the artist include a topless Scarlett Johansson and Angelina Jolie breast-feeding.
Edwards recently revealed a new sculpture, entitled "Baby Kimye and the Royal Heir," a piece depicting two newborns. The sculpture is meant to represent the babies of expecting mothers Kardashian and the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton.
The artist used leaked 3D ultrasounds from Kardashian and Middleton and was inspired by the baby photography of Anne Geddes.The artwork portrays baby Kimye with little letter-Ks shaved into her head and Middleton's baby dons a crown.
View photos of "Baby Kimye and the Royal Heir" here.
Photos of other provocative celebrity sculptures by Edwards can be viewed here.
"L.A. Fertility" will debut June 5 at LAB ART Gallery in Los Angeles.