Khloé Kardashian has certainly stirred up reactions from various celebrities, who have called her out on displaying unrealistic body expectations for women around the world, by posting heavily edited pictures.
After being called out by Rachel Lindsay on Saturday, Kate Upton has also shared her views on the whole fiasco.
Kate Upton on Khloé Kardashian’s unedited picture
On Wednesday the Khloé, 36, shared “unretouched and unfiltered” photos and video of herself after an unedited photo of her in a bikini went up online and spread on social media earlier this week.
In the post, Kardashian explained that she didn’t want the original photo shared because she’s still learning to love her body in the face of “pressure, constant ridicule and judgement.”
“Hey guys, this is me and my body unretouched and unfiltered,” she wrote. “The photo that was posted this week was beautiful. But 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 to hard to get it to this point – and then shares it to the world – you should have every right to ask for it not to be shared – no matter who you are.”
She continued, “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.”
Kardashian wrote that she sees filters or photo editing the same as makeup or manicures- another way to “present myself to the world the way I want to be seen and it’s exactly what I will continue to do unapologetically.
“Let’s start embracing our bodies”, Kate Upton’s response
Kate Upton, who has spoken out about airbrushed images in the past, shared and article regarding this Kardashian’s controversy on her Instagram story and wrote “Let’s start embracing our bodies and stop altering them to create unrealistic standards.”
Upton has been vocal over the years about the need to embrace a healthier mindset when it comes to body image. She addressed how edited photos have become the “new norm” on social media.
“When you think about it, we have retouching everywhere now — and we don’t even know it,” she told Health in 2019, “And then we believe that’s how people actually look, and think we should look that way too.”
“So, for me, doing an unretouched shoot is a step toward embracing real life,” she added. “The goal should be to be the best you can be — not try to look like someone else.”
Jameela Jamil and Katie Couric also speak up
The Good Place actress, Jameela Jamil shared a post on Thursday and wrote “They played their fans. But they played themselves worse… and everybody loses. We are all f***ed when we buy into diet culture”
“Even though I remain furious at how much this family perpetuates fat-phobia and impossible beauty standards… I TOTALLY see why they’re so obsessed with presenting as whatever society’s latest ideal of ‘perfect’ is. Because they were harassed and bullied and scrutinized to within an inch of their lives,” she continued.
“They may hurt us. But god did society hurt them,” added Jamil, who runs the body inclusivity platform I Weigh. “We cannot keep treating ourselves and each other like this. What’s happening to her isn’t funny. It’s sad for everyone.”
In her own comments, Katie Couric applauded Kardashian for being “raw and honest,” but added that she agrees “with those who say the non-stop procedures and constant filters are promoting unrealistic and harmful beauty standards.”
Leaked photo of Khloe belongs to her grandmother
The photo of Kardashian in the leopard bikini was allegedly snapped at the KarJenner’s Easter getaway in Palm Springs over the weekend. After the photo began being reshared on other social media accounts, it was removed due to a copyright notice that indicated that the rights belonged to Khloe’s grandmotherMary Jo “MJ’Shannon, 86. A Kardashian staff member later said via statement that the image was shared accidentally by an assistant. Khloe broke her silence about photo on April 7, taking to Instagram live to show her unedited body via video. She then reposted the video, alongside other images, to show fans what she truly looks like.