Kim Kardashian Hits Back at Critics
35-year-old reality TV star Kim Kardashian has sparked controversy once again. She posted a nude picture of herself on social media on Monday, with only a few strategically placed black bars protecting her modesty. The revealing snap caught the attention of fans and critics alike, including legendary entertainer Bette Midler and actress Chloe Grace Moretz, who condemned Kim for exposing herself and being a bad role model to her young female fans.
Kim shot back on Twitter, becoming entangled in a war of words with the stars. She even posted another professionally shot nude picture of herself, with her hands strategically covering her private parts, along with the caption, "#liberated".
Kanye West's wife decided to explain her decision to share the photos on Tuesday, which ironically marked International Women's Day, a day which celebrates females around the world for their contributions to society.
"I never understand why people get so bothered by what other people choose to do with their lives," Kim wrote in a blog post titled International Women's Day. "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 continued, "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."
Kim went on to credit her family, including husband and their two-year-old daughter North with helping her find confidence within herself: "I am empowered by my husband, who is so accepting and supportive and who has given me a newfound confidence in myself," she added. "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."
She concludes, "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. #happyinternationalwomensday."
Kim sure knows how to make a statement! Live and let live, we say.