Some slammed Kim for adopting blackface for the image, while other's claimed it was tan and a dramatic contrast filter on the image.
Now, she's spoken out about the controversy in a new interview with the New York Times, ahead of the first product launch on Wednesday.
"I would obviously never want to offend anyone," she said. "I used an amazing photographer and a team of people. I was really tan when we shot the images, and it might be that the contrast was off. But I showed the image to many people, to many in the business. No one brought that to our attention. No one mentioned it.
"Of course, I have the utmost respect for why people might feel the way they did. But we made the necessary changes to that photo and the rest of the photos. We saw the problem, and we adapted and changed right away. Definitely I have learned from it."
The photo remains online, though her series of later posts feature less aggressive alteration.