Kim Kardashian posts inappropriate pictures of her bare buns all the time, so this new naked selfie of her in the bathroom that went instantly viral should really be no shock to anyone.
If people want to follow her — the girls trying to be her and the boys masturbating to her — more power to them. Celebrities like her need an audience of adoring fans (no matter how perverted).
Believe it or not, I’m not here to hate on Kim Kardashian. She’s beautiful, although that’s unfortunately probably the only compliment she ever receives and the only adjective used to describe her. I would hope she’s more than that, but she hasn’t shown us more. I don’t know her personally. I can’t speak for her, only she can.
And she has.
In her “empowering” response to the backlash she’s now facing for her nudey, she goes on the defensive, as those who feel ashamed often do: by trying to justify their actions.
And while many things have ruined the original intent of the feminist movement, I would say the acceptance of and advocation for the sexualization of women is chief among them. How can we demand men to respect us if we don’t respect ourselves?
How can we expect men to not objectify us when we constantly display objectifying images of ourselves in our desperate attempt for outward affirmation?
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?
First off, I’m hardly interested in what qualifies someone as a “good person.” I’m more interested in the fact that she considers herself a good role model after making a sex tape (which was a conscious decision made on her part) and then continues to post pornographic images on her social media sites disguised as a “brave and empowering portraits.”
Don’t try to own it and say it’s “artistic.” There’s nothing artistic about white paint hiding your private parts and you naked in a desert — it’s erotic. That was the point. That’s always the point.
Second, many women are proud of their bodies, in all their shapes and sizes, and yet don’t feel the need to pose nude and post it all over social media for attention. Insecure women or ones self-obsessed feel the need to constantly draw attention to their bodies because they truly believe that is all they have to offer the world.
Yet those looking for the soul of the woman beneath the skin know that “charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting.”
Third, with great power comes great responsibility, which makes me wonder if Kim ever evaluates the impact she has with her platform — deserving or not — and if she even considers the fact that she may not have her iconic image forever.
What will be left to offer her fans and what will her platform be if the plastic surgery ever goes too far or when nature takes its toll on her outward appearance?
And by then, wouldn’t she be afraid it’s too late? Too late to turn back the time she wasted on the hours of make-up and hair prep to perfect her look for an Instagram photo and then later realize that life was never really about that, that it didn’t matter after all.
See, natural beauty is what someone is blessed with, perfected beauty is what money can buy, but inner beauty is something that’s extremely rare in this world and utterly timeless.
I wish she were confident enough to let herself be beautiful without trying so hard and to let herself be other things.
We all know she has a great figure under her tightly worn clothes. We all have an imagination. And now we don’t need one.
Ultimately, I just hope she would encourage her daughter in the future to avoid posting a picture of something private, to hold onto her dignity, and let some things remain a mystery hidden to the world’s eyes.
Photo by Eva Rinaldi