An unfiltered photo of Khloe Kardashian was "shared by mistake" earlier this month, and now her team has been scrambling to scrub it off the internet.
The 36-year-old reality TV star has been pulling out all the stops to remove a leaked photo of hers on social media, threatening legal action against practically everyone who reposted it online. The controversial photo featured her standing by the pool clad in a tiny, very Kardashianesque leopard print bikini—and frankly, she looks great! The only problem though? It was apparently unedited.
"Khloe Kardashian has all that wealth, all that surgery, nutritionists, personal trainers, dietitians... I’m sure the money spent on her body alone could fund a small country... but yet babes STILL doesn’t want an unedited pic of herself on the internet," one netizen tweeted. "That family needs help."
Addressing the controversy surrounding her leaked unedited photo, Khloe posted a barely-clothed video of herself on Instagram to prove to her followers that she "isn't photoshopped."
The aforementioned video was accompanied by a lengthy, four-page response to the issue, which basically preaches about the society's unrealistic standards of beauty. "In truth, the pressure, constant ridicule and judgement my entire life to be perfect and to meet other’s standards of how I should look has been too much to bear," she wrote, also noting how she's been labeled "the fat sister" and the "ugly sister" and that people immediately speculated she "had surgery when she lost weight."
She added, "My body, my image and how I choose to look and what I want to share is my choice. It’s not for anyone to decide or judge what is acceptable or not anymore."
Read her statement in full below:
Her sisters were quick to offer validation, leaving messages of support on the comment section. "I love you Khloe," Kim Kardashian wrote. Kendall Jenner also left a comment: "Yes! You beautiful, strong, HEALTHY queen."
While it's no doubt a powerful statement in general, for a Kardashian—whose family's billions of dollars' worth of fortune was largely built on diet pills, lip plumping cosmetics, waist trainers, laxatives, and even Spanx for pregnant women—to ask for sympathy under the guise of "body positivity" might sound too far-fetched for some. Khloe's post, as expected, was met with mixed reactions from netizens who claim that it's her and her family who perpetuate the very problem.
"The fact that Khloe Kardashian preaches body positivity and acceptance, but does everything in her power to remove an unedited picture of herself from online should tell you a lot about her and the Kardashians," one user wrote.
Another one chimed in, "All I’ve learnt from this unedited Khloe Kardashian pic saga is that you can have all the plastic surgery and work done and still be insecure and unhappy with your body because learning to love and appreciate your body is an inside job."
Meanwhile, others are more baffled by the fact that social media platforms are actually prioritizing the removal of Khloe's unfiltered photo off the internet instead of focusing on more pressing matters. "An unedited picture of Khloe Kardashian has been scrubbed from the internet in a few days but child pornography will always live on the internet. The priorities of this world baffle me," one netizen tweeted.
Well, a lot has been said and done, but if there's one thing we can all agree on, it's that Khloe's viral unedited photo looks gorgeous even without filter! What do you think of her statement on body positivity?