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Essay: Body Positivity
Kim Kardashian's Idea of Self-Empowerment
By Gillan Ritchie
Kim Kardashian West broke the Internet (again) March 7 when she posted a nude selfie on Instagram. The selfie shows Kardashian West in a bathroom with bleached hair, two censor bars and a very serious express on her face. The caption reads, “When you’re like I have nothing to wear LOL.” The Internet went crazy, believing that the reality star/entrepreneur shed all her baby weight that she has had since December when Saint was born.
This isn’t the first time that Kardashian West has taken to social media to post selfies – they range from nude to barely clothed – and most people will say that she wears the #selfiequeen title. In August, Kim posted a nude, pregnant selfie to combat body shaming and shut down anyone who talked about her weight gain. The reality star has battled against the critics’ body shaming comments ever since her first pregnancy with North.
Kim wrote on her nude, pregnant selfie saying:
“First they say I'm too skinny so I have to be faking it...Now they say I'm too big so I have to be faking it...SMH! Some days I'm photographed before I eat and look smaller, some days I've just eaten and I look bigger.”
According to Kim Kardashian’s Facebook, the nude selfie posted on March 7 is actually more than a year old and was taken was she was 25 pounds lighter, pre-baby weight. Kim has misled the Internet into thinking the photo was more current.
It doesn’t stop there though.
In light of #InternationalWomensDay on March 8, Kim wrote on her website:
“I am empowered by my body. I am empowered by my sexuality. I am empowered by feeling comfortable in my skin. I am empowered by showing the world my flaws and not being afraid of what anyone is going to say about me. And I hope that through this platform I have been given, I can encourage the same empowerment for girls and women all over the world. [...] It’s 2016. The body-shaming and slut-shaming — it’s like, enough is enough. I will not live my life dictated by the issues you have with my sexuality. You be you and let me be me.
I am a mother. I am a wife, a sister, a daughter, an entrepreneur and I am allowed to be sexy.
I have always struggled with my weight – at my lowest, I was 145 pounds and at my heaviest, I was 196 pounds. I used to hate how I looked and I wished I was skinnier; I was not confident in my own skin. At the age of 25, I am just now becoming comfortable in my own skin and that’s because I am taking care of myself. I realized weight is just a number, it doesn’t reflect me.
Don’t get me wrong, I still have my bad days. I have many days where I feel so bloated from eating something – and I can’t see my feet – are the days that really get me. I strive to do yoga, walk, and do more cardio exercise. I try very hard to have a restricted diet – mostly because of food allergies. The days though, where I look and feel bloated, are the days where I come undone. I can’t see the hard work that I have been doing to keep myself happy and healthy.
I teeter-totter on the edge of being completely satisfied with my body and wondering if there is something else I could be doing just to shed a few pounds. I don’t want to lose the weight just to be “skinny.” I want to lose the weight so I’m not at risk for diabetes, heart disease or stroke. I want to get off the weight now before we have children, so I don’t gain a large amount and struggle to stay healthy later.
Enough about me.
There’s another thing that is troubling about this picture. Is Kim honestly posting it to promote a positive body image or is she doing it for the attention?
L.A. Reid was recently on the Jeff & Jenn Show on Star 94.1 where he talked about Kanye West. Reid stated that Kanye West is an entertainer; it’s his job to keep us guessing. While Reid said he wasn’t sure if Kanye was really OK (think back to those recent Twitter rants), Reid admitted he knew he was being manipulated. Kanye West is an entertainer and master manipulator – Kayne is built to play the game and play it well. Has Kim picked up a trick or two from Kanye? A part of me says yes.
If Kim wants to pose nude, I applaud it; however, I think there are boundaries. Posing nude for a painting or a sculpture is classy – a true piece of art. Posing nude in your private bathroom and posting a picture on Instagram with censor bars, in my opinion, is not classy or empowering.
Ashley Graham, a size 16 model, was recently featured on Sports Illustrated’s cover. While Graham was both heavily criticized for being overweight and applauded for her bravery, she took everything in stride. I personally applaud Graham’s tenacity – I can feel her confidence through the photos. Graham is comfortable being a plus-sized model that exudes self-empowerment and embraces all her flaws. Her ability to model without being completely nude and maintain a positive attitude is sexy. That’s self-empowerment there for you.
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