If you went anywhere near the internet yesterday, you know that Kim Kardashian West dropped another nude pic on social media (with her ‘naughty’ parts obscured by some tasteful black bars), and the world went crazy over it.
After several high-profile women (including Bette Midler and Chloë Grace Moretz) slammed the reality TV star for posting the pic, Kardashian was motivated to sit down and write an essay celebrating International Women’s Day — and her right to do what she wants with her body.
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 8, 2016
“Hey, guys. I wanted to write a post elaborating on my tweets last night,” she wrote.
“In all seriousness, I never understand why people get so bothered by what other people choose to do with their lives. 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?”
Kim also discussed her infamous sex tape in the essay, and the way it has obscured her subsequent achievements.
“It always seems to come back around to my sex tape. Yes, a sex tape that was made 13 years ago. 13 YEARS AGO. Literally that lonnng ago. And people still want to talk about it?!?! I lived through the embarrassment and fear, and decided to say who cares, do better, move on. I shouldn’t have to constantly be on the defence, listing off my accomplishments just to prove that I am more than something that happened 13 years ago.
“Let’s move on, already. I have.
“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.
“I am empowered by my husband, who is so accepting and supportive and who has given me a newfound confidence in myself. He allows me to be me and loves me unconditionally.”
Finally, she slammed the ‘body-shaming’ and ‘slut-shaming’ behind the vitriol towards her nude selfies.
“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.
“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.
Wow. Your move, Bette.