An Open Letter To Kim Kardashian, From A Woman Who's Tired Of Appropriation
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Dear Kim Kardashian,
I want to preface this letter by saying that I do not hate you. Nor am I hating on you. I am just a bit puzzled by your actions and would like to elaborate on why.
I am a young black woman. My entire childhood consisted of young, white women and men mocking my naturally enhanced features.
In elementary school, my nickname was “Lip” because my lips were so big. People would taunt me because my butt poked out further than most. I would try to push down my breasts whenever I walked into a classroom because people would often laugh at their naturally large size.
At one point, I even told my mother I wanted lip reduction surgery because I was so sick of people making fun of how massive my lips were. It was not until women like Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez hit the scene that made me realize how blessed I was.
Then the world was introduced to Kim Kardashian. You hit the scene with your voluptuous curves and gorgeous face after being spotted with then A-lister, Paris Hilton. Next was your infamous sex tape with then-boyfriend Ray J. At that point, the world stopped. Who is this beautiful woman?
But your body is nothing that women of color have not seen a millions times before. Hell, my father’s side of the family is full of thick, curvy women. It is wear I got all of my lady lumps from.
What bothers me is that I cannot fathom how we are now being told that “curvy” is in because a non-black woman like you is constantly uploading naked selfies on your Instagram. My biggest issue is that fact that your body is not naturally enhanced either.
Unless the world is completely blind, your assets should be credited to your plastic surgeon, not genetics. You can go scan your bottom half on TV as many times as you want, I am still not buying it. Especially when I can Google “Kim Kardashian 2006,” and get an entire different Kim Kardashian than the one we currently see before us.
I am not here to body shame you at all. Hey, I do not mind plastic surgery. I hope to have some myself one day! I am also not here to knock your success.
You have made a great name for yourself since you emerged on to the scene back in 2006. My problem is that you are lying to the public and everyone is taking the bait. My issue is that you are not promoting self-love, but your own narcissistic agenda.
When women like Lena Dunham or Chelsea Handler post naked images of themselves, they make it pretty clear why they are doing so. Both are sick of the double standards of men showing off their naked selves versus women being censored for attempting to do the same.
Not you. Your latest naked selfie was out of pure boredom.
“When you're like I have nothing to wear LOL,” you posted with a risqué naked bathroom selfie.
Let’s start with the obvious: This photo is not a recent one, considering your hair is platinum blonde. That moment was from last year when you debuted the dramatic look during Paris Fashion Week.
So it makes one wonder, “What exactly is Kim doing?”
“Well she’s a grown woman! She can do as she pleases!” your dedicated followers scream.
This is all very true. However, this is also a woman who claims her sex tape was leaked.
A woman who cried when she found out her W magazine spread would be of her naked body, and she did not want to be known for getting nude all the time. This is a woman who got upset when she realized she would have to remove the pearls and bare it all during her Playboy shoot.
I can not understand your purpose for constantly showing off your bare body. It is a moot point. We are quite aware that you love your curves. You show them off at every chance you can get. I applaud that.
What I do not commend is your motive.
“I truly hope you realize how important setting goals are for young women, teaching them we have so much more to offer than just our bodies,” actress Chloe Moretz tweeted in response to your latest upload.
To which you lashed back with a rather petty response saying ,
If you want to tweet about something, how about you bring awareness to the Flint water crisis? Or to the upcoming election including a female candidate? Or even one of your favorite female inspirations considering that it’s Women’s History Month?
Let’s stop pretending that your naked pictures are because you love yourself, but instead out of your desperate cry for attention.
A naturally curvy feminist.