After an unedited photo of Khloe Kardashian rocking a bikini by the pool was shared on social media, the “Revenge Body” star and her company immediately started in action to get the picture scrubbed from the internet.
Now Kardashian is talking about the incident. She shared a post on Instagram Wednesday night with pristine photos and video and wrote about how hard it is to live life in the spotlight.
“Hi guys, this is me and my body untouched and unfiltered,” she said. “The picture that was published this week is beautiful. But as someone who has struggled with body image all his life when someone takes a photo of you who is not flattering in poor lighting or does not capture your body as it is after working so hard to get it to this point ̵
She added that “the constant ridicule and judgment all my life for being perfect and for meeting others’ standards of how I should look has been too much to bear.”
The “Keeping up with the Kardashians” star then mentioned some of the cruel comparisons made about her over the years.
“You never quite get used to being judged and pulled apart and told how unattractive you are, but I would say that if you hear something enough, you start believing it,” she said. “That’s how I’ve been conditioned to feel like I’m not pretty enough just to be me.”
That photo showed Kardashian in a swimsuit by a pool and making rounds online. Her company appears to have issued removal notices to those who shared it, as several online accounts have deleted their posts with the image.
“The color-edited photo was taken by Khloe during a private family reunion and posted on social media without permission by mistake of an assistant,” Tracy Romulus, marketing manager for KKW Brands, told Side Six.
“Khloe looks beautiful, but it’s within the copyright owner’s right not to want an image that is not intended to be published taken down.”
Kardashian’s statement on Wednesday – accompanied by several photos and videos showing her beautiful appearance – reiterated this sentiment. She wrote that she “unapologetically” will continue to use filters and editing to “introduce me to the world that I want to be seen,” just as she wears makeup and gets her nails done.
“My body, my image and how I choose to look and what I want to share is my choice. It is not for anyone to decide or judge what is acceptable or not anymore,” she said.