Kim’s Nude Selfie and the Kardashian Double-Standard

Yesterday, Kim Kardashian West broke the internet, once again, after posting a photo to her Twitter and Instagram pages depicting her naked, save two strategically placed black bars. Within hours, the photo had not only rocked the internet but quickly made Kim the victim of serious internet hate.

It’s not like we’ve never seen a scantily clad photo of Kim K. West before. Anybody who’s ever seen an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians remembers Kim’s Playboy photo shoot, her desert photo spread in anticipation for her new website launch, and the many, many spray tans. Therefore it was shocking, and frankly sad to see the firestorm of nasty tweets and comments being sent Kim’s way, on International Women’s Day, no less.

Even worse, self-proclaimed feminist celebrities joined in on the discussion.

While I don’t necessarily think the women, specifically Chloë, were intentionally shaming Kim, they fell into the age old pattern of conforming to gender norms in which Kim can only think of herself as a wife or mother, not a confident women. Regardless, thanks to those two bars, we aren’t actually seeing anything that wouldn’t already be covered up by a bathing suit or lingerie, not that it matters. Frankly, posting a “nude” selfie online takes a lot of guts and I think there’s something to be celebrated to having that  level of self-confidence. 

In a body positive age in which we are meant to celebrate women of all body types, how come we seem to have such a hard time saying something nice about a Kardashian? The Kardashians have been in our everyday lives since KUWTK first premiered in 2007 and society seems to have never forgiven itself for instantly becoming obsessed. As Kim so eloquently put in her blog, critics always bring up her sex tape when bashing her. It’s been 13 years since the tape came out and its time for people to move on. 

Regardless of how they became famous, the Kardashians have proved that they have staying power. While I’ve never been a diehard follower and I feel like one of the siblings makes me roll my eyes daily, I’ve never understood some of the incessant hate they’ve faced, whether it be the names of their children or their pregnancy style.

And for those who question their fame, why must you care so much about their every day lives? Kim’s selfie only became big news because people gave it attention and made it news. While I don’t pretend to be an all-knowing feminist, I know that situations like this should inspire a learning opportunity. Better yet, look to Amber Rose, who rose above the drama to defend frenemy Kim K West:

Damn Pink we were all born naked society sexualizes our breast and bodies. If a grown mother of 2 is comfortable with her body and wants to show it off that’s none of ur business or anyone else’s. Now, if u wanna talk to kids and be a mentor to young teens, tell them to go to school and to not use their bodies to get ahead?! I’m all for it! But please as a grown woman let another grown woman live as she wishes. That’s our problem! We’re so quick to down each other instead of uplifting! Pink, We’ve seen u damn near naked swinging from a rope( Beautifully) but what’s the difference between a rope, a pole and a pic on Instagram? Classism. Because u sing while ur half naked does that make it “Classy” or is it because u have a “talent”? I’m not dissing at all Pink just curious after u said “You’ll never have to make a silly excuse for yourself”.

A photo posted by Amber Rose (@amberrose) on Mar 9, 2016 at 7:07am PST

 

At the end of the day, it’s important to all of us to understand that we’re works in progress and we really have no right to judge someone for posting a photo that neither harms others nor breaks the law. Kim, you keep doing you.

 

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