- Khloe Kardashian responded to her unauthorized bikini photo controversy in an Instagram Live.
- She lifted her jumper and showed her torso from different angles.
- Celebrity friends and family commented on her Instagram post in support.
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Celebrities are coming out to support Khloe Kardashian.
Khloé Kardashian has faced a mixture of support and criticism following the news that her team was attempting to remove an unauthorized photo of her in a bikini which was posted online by accident. The image, which appears free from any airbrushing or photo-editing was shared on a popular Reddit thread, on Twitter, and on various Instagram accounts.
It quickly generated much conversation and comparison with the polished shots Kardashian usually uploads. Critics of Kardashian have said she should not try to remove an image that depicts her body in a more realistic way. She responded on Wednesday night by appearing on an "unretouched and unfiltered" livestream on her Instagram page, which she posted along with a lengthy statement about her body image struggles.
In the video, Kardashian lifted up her sweater and showed her torso from different angles.
A post shared by Khloé Kardashian (@khloekardashian)
Celebrity friends and family members wrote messages of encouragement in the comments underneath her post.
"I love you Khloe," said her sister Kim Kardashian, while her younger sister Kylie Jenner said "love you soooo much."
"Yes!" Kendall Jenner responded. "You beautiful, strong, HEALTHY queen."
Singer Ariana Grande wrote, "love u & your heart," and her friend and reality TV personality Olivia Pierson said she was beautiful "inside and out."
Many other celebrities and influencers sent moral support, including reality TV stars Chrishell Stause from "Selling Sunset" and Stassi Schroeder Clark from "Vanderpump Rules." But the longest, most heartfelt message came from Kardashian's mother, Kris Jenner.
"Khloé you are the kindest most loving, most supportive, most beautiful heart I have ever known, and I adore you and am so proud of you," she wrote. "You are an inspiration to all of us and I appreciate and love you each and every single day. Thank you for teaching the rest of us to be kind and to not judge.... you are one of a kind.... what a blessing you are. You are a gift."
The post addressed Kardashian's reasons for wanting the unauthorized photo removed
"Khloé looks beautiful but it is within the right of the copyright owner to not want an image not intended to be published taken down," Tracy Romulus, the chief marketing officer for KKW Brands, told Page Six.
Kardashian echoed this in her Instagram post, saying that she also thought the original photo was beautiful, but she did not want it to be shared.
"As someone who has struggled with body image her whole life, when someone takes a photo of you that isn't flattering in bad lighting or doesn't capture your body the way it is after working so hard to get it to this point — and then shares it to the world — you should have every right to ask for it to not be shared — regardless of who you are," she said. "In truth, the pressure, constant ridicule and judgment my entire life to be perfect and to meet other's standards of how I should look has been too much to bear."
She referred to some of the hurtful comments she has received during her time in the limelight and added that every one of her flaws had been "micro-analyzed" and made fun of for over the last decade, and she wanted to be treated like a human, despite her perceived privilege.
"I am not perfect but I promise you that I try every day to live my life as honestly as possible and with empathy and kindness," she said. "It's almost unbearable trying to live up to the impossible standards that the public have all set for me."
Along with support also came criticism about the negative impacts of photo editing
As well as thousands of messages empathizing with Kardashian, there was also criticism and comments around the ugly side of photo editing on social media.
Kardashian, along with her whole family, has received backlash many times in the past for posting highly edited pictures that some people argue don't reflect reality. Mental health professionals have concerns that normalizing an unattainable standard of beauty with the proliferation of photo editing apps like FaceTune may be detrimental to mental health, warping the body image and self-esteem of a whole generation of young women.
Actor and activist Jameela Jamil responded to Kardashian's post, which she reshared to Twitter, expressing sympathy for how she had been body-shamed over the years. But she also urged Kardashian to consider what her role was in the creation of the culture she has found herself a victim of.
"I'm extremely sorry for what we all watched happen to you over the past decade. It's so unacceptable," Jamil said. "Now would be a great time to throw diet culture in the f--- it bucket, stop editing photos, admit to the help you get to look how you do, and be transparent with your fans."