I want to talk about a topic which is extremely current, especially on online platforms like Instagram.
Celebrities are countlessly shamed for their bodies, either when they post an image of them appearing toned and fit, or then a picture where they are caught in an unflattering angle.
Society today is ruthless, and people cannot help but find an issue in everything. If a celebrity posts a picture where they are flat and toned, they are shamed because they are not setting a realistic example for teenagers, who do not have the money to have personal trainers and fitness plans.
But then if a picture is posted within the media where cellulite is visible, people are quick to judge and call them fat.
There was an example of this recently with Khloe Kardashian, when she posted an image of her in a bikini and showing her physique. Members of the public shamed her for photoshopping her curves and also suggested her body was all down to plastic surgery.
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One Instagram user commented on the post saying: “Receipts for all that face and body work must add up to a lot,” with another saying, “I swear she has a different face in every post”. I think that these comments are disgusting. I’m not too sure as to whether she has actually had any work done, but if she has so what? Who cares? She has not asked to be an advocate for not having surgery, it is her body, and she can do what she likes with it.
Khloe Kardashian hit back at her critics and said:
“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.”
She then followed this with a video where she took to Instagram live and showed her physique, proving that she in fact did not edit her photo.
I think this was a positive thing to do as it silenced any keyboard warriors and will hopefully make people think twice before they comment on photos in the future.
After looking into this thread further I discovered that other celebrities have actually come to her defence. One of these was Vicky Pattinson, who is a reality TV star. Some may not consider her to be a celebrity, but that is another discussion entirely. Vicky posted on her Instagram page a series of stories showing her support for Khloe, by sharing images that show her in both a positive and negative light physically.
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One post in particular showed Vicky just after going through a breakup, where she was trying to make herself feel better by appearing strong and body confident in images. This was then contrasted with an image of her taken by a photographer where she was sat down. This was then published within the media and criticised her body and said she was “irresponsible” for showing an unrealistic version of how a body should be.
Women in the media will no doubt continue to receive hate comments about their body images and a situation like this will most likely happen again. Hopefully next time some people will think before they comment. Even someone, like Khloe Kardashian, who has 136 million Instagram followers will still be impacted by the negativity and she should not have to justify herself or the choices she makes.