Speaking of the saucy snaps on her new show Kourtney & Kim Take New York, the 30-year old explained to her sister Kourtney: "I was naked but fully covered in silver paint,"
She continued: "This artist will put images of architecture and buildings and stuff on top of me so you will see my body shape and the outline but not actually my boobs or anything."
However, when the images of her naked body arrived during the programme, Kim sobbed and broke down in tears after seeing how much of her body was on show, crying: "I'm more naked here than I was in my Playboy."
The socialite, who is rumoured to be dating basketball star Kris Humphries, has since spoken about the raunchy photo shoot on American Idol host, Ryan Seacrest's KIIS-FM radio show, where she claimed that she was "surprised" by how naked she was.
Kardashian confessed: "I love it now and I'm glad that I did it, but when you are told something and it's not what you think it's going to be, I was so shocked. I felt like I'd been here and done this and kind of wanted to move on from that.
"At the end of the day they are gorgeous photos and I'm glad I did it and I love them, but at the time I was shocked about how they weren't how I thought they would be."
She added: "I knew what I was doing. I took my clothes off, I did a nude shoot but it wasn't supposed to be that way so I was upset."