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How a nude selfie inspired Kim Kardashian’s call for empowerment and self-love


Photo: Instagram/kimkardashian
Photo: Instagram/kimkardashian

When Kim Kardashian posted a naked selfie on Instagram earlier this week, everyone had an opinion about it. In addition to the 275,000 (and counting) comments on the post, celebrities including Bette Midler, Miley Cyrus, and Chloe Grace Moretz also joined the conversation.

And some people were really angry about all of it.

Why all the rage? People called the photo distasteful, disgusting, or, a common sentiment, “You’re a mother, you know?!” Harsh.

But in a somewhat surprising turn, Kardashian has taken the viral backlash as an opportunity to inspire and spread body positivity with a letter on her website. And in an equally surprising turn, we’re actually pretty impressed.

“I don’t do drugs, I hardly drink, I’ve never committed a crime—and yet I’m a bad role model for being proud of my body?” she writes. After acknowledging her 13-year-old sex tape and encouraging fans and haters alike to finally move on (“I have,” she says), Kardashian drops some wisdom.

“I am empowered by my body. I am empowered by my sexuality.”

“I am empowered by my body,” she writes. “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.”

Finally, Kardashian writes, “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.”

To which we say, wow. That was haters-to-the-left impressive. Looks like Kanye’s not the only one in the family with writing chops.

Empowerment via Kardashian’s sexiness might be hard to believe, when it looks a lot like what people call disempowering—reducing women to their bodies and their sexuality. What do you think? (Check out the full letter below.)

Hey, guys. I wanted to write a post elaborating on my tweets last night. In all seriousness, I never understand why people get so bothered by what other people choose to do with their lives.

I don’t do drugs, I hardly drink, I’ve never committed a crime—and yet I’m a bad role model for being proud of my body?

Photo: Instagram/kimkardashian
Photo: Instagram/kimkardashian

It always seems to come back around to my sex tape. Yes, a sex tape that was made 13 years ago. 13 YEARS AGO. Literally that lonnng ago. And people still want to talk about it?!?!

I lived through the embarrassment and fear, and decided to say who cares, do better, move on. I shouldn’t have to constantly be on the defense, listing off my accomplishments just to prove that I am more than something that happened 13 years ago.

Let’s move on, already. I have.

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.

I am empowered by my husband, who is so accepting and supportive and who has given me a newfound confidence in myself. He allows me to be me and loves me unconditionally.

I feel so lucky to have grown up surrounded by strong, driven, independent women. The life lessons I’ve learned from my sisters, my mother and my grandmother, I will pass along to my daughter. I want her to be proud of who she is. I want her to be comfortable in her body. I don’t want her to grow up in a world where she is made to feel less-than for embracing everything it means to be a woman.

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.

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