Written by Leah Dolan, CNN
Earlier 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.