The internet can pick a person apart, which no one knows better than Chrissy Teigen. That’s why she was so affected by that Khloé Kardashian unedited-bikini-pic controversy. (For a complete breakdown, click here.) Kardashian’s response—posting curated unedited images of herself with a lengthy statement about her body-image journey—sparked a wide-ranging debate online. On the one hand, this was about a woman’s right to privacy and the right to have a say over how and when her body is viewed. On the other hand, many pointed out the entire Kardashian-Jenner family has benefited, culturally and financially, from a certain standard of beauty.
Earlier this month, an unedited, unauthorized photo of reality star Khloe Kardashian standing poolside in an itsy-bitsy, very Kardashianesque bikini was posted on the internet. Kardashian and her team scrambled to get the photo off the web, threatening legal action against pretty much any social media users who’d reposted the pic on Twitter, Instagram or Reddit.
It didn’t matter that all of us who keep up with the Kardashians, wittingly or unwittingly, thought Khloe looked “younger, happier and healthier” than she had in years. (If you haven’t been keeping up, there’s been a lot of conversation about Khloe’s ever-changing face as of late.)
Kardashian, 39, found herself in the headlines recently after an unedited bikini photo of the reality star made the rounds on the internet. The picture seemed to have caught the star and her family by surprise, prompting them to threaten legal action if replications of it weren’t removed.
The Good American mogul then took to Instagram to defend scrubbing the photo from the internet and to slam the “unbearable” standards she’s expected to live up to.
Written by Leah Dolan, CNNEarlier this week, a candid photo of Khloe Kardashian in a leopard print bikini was mistakenly shared on social media. Her team fruitlessly tried to scrub all traces of the image after it was reportedly posted by one of her a**istants. In the unedited picture, Kardashian smiles sweetly at the camera, looking toned and refreshingly natural — what many of us would consider to be a good snap. There are no impossible curves or outlandishly convexed hips, hallmarks of the typical content she posts. Yet for the “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” personality, the photo was unsuitable enough for her to claim it was copyright infringement because it was shared without her permission. But the image spread quickly, despite attempts to remove it from Twitter and Reddit based on the copyright claim, according to the BBC. “When someone takes a photo of you that isn’t flattering and then shares it to the world – you should have every right to ask for it to not be shared – regardless of who you are,” Kardashian wrote in an Instagram post. She also shared a live video of her unedited body to show “all this isn’t photoshopped,” as she wrote in a comment on the social media platform.
The great lengths Kardashian will go to maintain her carefully curated image and the great lengths the public will go to expose her are two symptoms of the same wider issue: how relentless and pervasive the policing of women’s bodies really is.
After trying to remove a photo of herself that was mistakenly posted to social media, Kardashian responded to internet comments with a video showing her unedited body. Credit: From Khloe Kardashian/Instagram
For many celebrities, their bodies become products to be admired, worshipped and monetized. Fame culture is often particularly brutal to women in upholding these demands, though many would argue that the Kardashians have built a career by adhering to them. Their image has been perfected in order to inspire their millions of followers to buy their detox tea or hair-growth supplements.
After an unedited photo of Khloe Kardashian rocking a bikini poolside was shared to social media, the “Revenge Body” star and her company immediately launched into action to get the image scrubbed from the internet.
Now, Kardashian is speaking out about the incident. She shared a post on Instagram Wednesday night of unretouched photos and video, writing about how hard it is to live life in the spotlight.
“Hey guys, this is me and my body unretouched and unfiltered,” she said. “The photo that was posted this week is beautiful. But as someone who has struggled with body image her whole life, when someone takes a photo of you that isn’t flattering in bad lighting or doesn’t capture your body the way it is after working so hard to get it to this point – and then shares it to the world – you should have every right to ask for it not to be shared – regardless of who you are.”
Khloe Kardashian rocked a bikini in a poolside photo that made the rounds online, but instead of featuring the usual filters and meticulous retouching people have come to expect from the famous family, the photo appears to be completely unedited.
Fans praised the photo, which was reposted on Instagram, Twitter, Reddit and other sites. But just as quickly as the photo was shared, the Kardashian’s PR team appeared to be working behind the scenes to get it removed.
“The color edited photo was taken of Khloe during a private family gathering and posted to social media without permission by mistake by an a**istant,” Tracy Romulus, chief marketing officer for KKW Brands, told Page Six.
An unedited photo of the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star in a bikini made its way around the Internet over the weekend to the surprise of the famous family’s camp, who reportedly threatened legal action if replications of it weren’t removed.
“The color edited photo was taken of Khloé during a private family gathering and posted to social media without permission by mistake by an a**istant,” Tracy Romulus, who serves as chief marketing officer of Kim Kardashian’s KKW Brands, told Page Six in a statement.
The Kardashian team is reportedly working hard to remove any traces of an “unauthorized” and “unwanted” photo of Khloé Kardashian that surfaced Saturday, per DailyMail. The pic looks completely natural, as in no editing, no filter, no makeup, just Khloé posing with a sweet smile on her face in front of Kris Jenner’s pool in La Quinta, California where they were spending Easter. In the photo Khloé is holding her phone, wearing a cheetah print bikini with her brunette hair in a ponytail. She looks noticeably different from her perfectly tailored, edited, and airbrushed photoshoots but the mother of one still looks great and many would be proud to have her body. But for some reason, the Kardashian team is allegedly going so far as to contacting individuals to take the photo down with legal threats because of ‘copyright infringement.’ As noted by Page Six, her company Good American bills itself as “Representing Body Acceptance.”
Khloé Kardashian is a star with stripes.
The 36-year-old Good American founder zoomed in on her stretch marks in a bikini-clad Instagram post on Sunday, captioning the close-up photo, “I love my stripes.”
Kardashian showed off her famous curves in a black two-piece swimsuit from her fashion brand.
The star’s famous friends and followers applauded her post, with hairstylist Jen Atkin commenting, “Yes you did!” and “RHONJ” star Melissa Gorga writing, “That’s a woman right there.”
“YES! Show them queen! I’m so proud of you,” added a fan.
Blond bombshell Khloe Terae tantalized her 2.4 million Instagram followers with one of her recent updates, a sizzling series of snaps taken while she was abroad in Tulum, Mexico, as the geotag indicated. Khloe posed in the doorway leading to a bedroom with a spa-like vibe, and there was a window with a view of greenery visible in the distance.
Khloe showed off her curvaceous figure in a white bikini with a simple yet s**y silhouette. She posed with her back to the camera in the first shot, showing off her peachy posterior in the thong-style bottoms. A wide strip of fabric stretched across her back and the top was strapless, leaving her bronzed shoulders and arms exposed.