Kim: 'Swimsuit Selfie Was My Middle Finger To The World'
Star also talks Kanye engagement & wedding on Jay Leno...
During her first big late-night TV interview since giving birth to daughter North in June, Kimmy told The Tonight Show With Jay Leno all about her decision to post the eye-popping pic, as well as discussing her engagement to beau Kanye West and their forthcoming wedding.
The socialite - who donned a see-through lace dress and black underwear for the chat - explained to Leno how she was "50 pounds down" with the help of exercise and the Atkins diet, adding that criticism of her weight "really did affect" her.
KIm explained: "It really hurt my soul. It changed how I am in the public a little bit...There were these stories where I was, like, 200 pounds.
"I was gaining weight because I was pregnant and it was really hard to read all these stories and hear all these nasty things. And I think people sometimes question, they think I'm out 'in hiding' now.
"No, I just wanted to kinda adjust my life a little bit because why would I subject myself to so much negativity, especially now that I have a daughter? I just didn't need that energy, I'd rather be in a happy place at home...
"I've definitely tried to live more of a private life because of that, because they were so nasty. Why even go out as much just to put yourself in that position?"
Speaking of her now-infamous selfie, the 33-year old stated: "I was trying on a bathing suit and I actually just sent that to my boyfriend and I was like, 'Babe, can I post this up?This is like my big middle finger to the world on everyone that called me fat'."
And four days after posting the pic, Yeezy asked Kimmy to be his wife, with Kardashian saying of her 15-carat diamond ring by designer Lorraine Schwartz: "He did really good...the best ever. I mean, I know he has good taste, but this is more than I could ever have expected.
"He took so much time and thought put into this and made sure that it was perfect."
Kim went on to add that they are "hoping for next summer" when it comes to their wedding, revealing: "I don't think we've even had the right time to sit down and talk about it.
"I think I'm enjoying just being engaged and I think we're gonna get through his tour and then really talk about when and where and all that."
As for her wedding destination, Kim as she's thinking "someplace Parisian" perhaps. "Or who knows? I got pregnant when we were in Italy. Maybe Italy? We haven't even talked about it...Maybe I'll pick the place and then he can plan it."
Speaking of whether stepdad Bruce Jenner - who's recently separated from her mum Kris - will give her away, the reality TV star said "of course."
When asked about her decision to take Kanye's surname, the star stated: "I'm probably going to have Kardashian as my middle name and then West...
"My daughter has the last name West and we're a family so I want [my last name] to definitely be West."