Kim Kardashian is once again facing backlash for her underhand body comments – this time she’s revealed her body fat percentage.
And while I understand why, I think it’s time for all of us to acknowledge that behind the “poisonous” comments of the Kardashian women are the same devastating ’00s beauty standards that an entire generation is trying to recover from.
The comments about this last story are not pleasant. Some question her ability to be a good mother, while others accuse her of bashfulness of the body.
“What an example for her young children. So sad,” one user commented.
“Stop promoting this woman’s unhealthy obsession with thinness,” lamented another.
“Doing it in front of millions in this way is not only irresponsible, but extremely harmful,” wrote another.
“She seems pretty venomous,” someone else said.
I’m not saying that backlash is necessarily inappropriate – people quite reasonably think that celebrities should be more careful with what they say when millions of people are watching or listening.
In fact, one Twitter user summed it up nicely with his comment: “I don’t expect everyone else to avoid my personal triggers, but Kim Kardashian is well aware of how much she has impacted body standards and broadcasting this is just incredibly irresponsible.” for the millions of young people who follow her.”
The thing is, famous or not, if you were a woman who lived in the 00s, you would no doubt subconsciously receive very toxic messages about what your body should look like.
Even now, I’m shocked when old interview footage pops up, or when I rewatch an old favorite movie that demonstrates the standards we’ve adopted and internalized. Everything was fine in my head.
Celebrities caught by the paparazzi with cellulite have gone wild. Bridget Jones WAS fat. It wasn’t a big deal that celebrities were constantly being asked about their weight and diets. Even when body shaming tricks were performed, like on the British talk show in which Victoria Beckham was forced to weigh herself live after giving birth.
It was the lifting of a skinny body as the only way to look sexy, and low-rise jeans were all the rage. And yes, it introduced us to celebrities like Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian.
I watch it now and shudder, but at that time we all expected this and very much believed that it was true.
I was a teenager at the time, and like many others, I developed an eating disorder in high school. Moreover, I have never received more compliments about my body than when I was deeply in this disorder.
Even to this day, while I enjoy exercising regularly to improve my mental health, I know I can never focus too much on my diet or step on the scale. If I do, it’s going to be a slippery slope back to not eating at all.
The thing is, looking back now, I see that even without the disorder, I did have the “right” body for that era. I was tall and lanky, plus I was athletic, which made me slim. However, I have never thought of my body as anything other than “too fat”. Even now, this thought is difficult to overcome.
And I’m not the only one. I have heard almost every friend and family member of mine speak negatively about their body and every time my jaw dropped to the floor because they are amazing ladies.
I think we are all guilty of looking at everyone with kinder eyes than ourselves, so when someone we consider beautiful says something negative about their appearance, it hits us hard.
If they don’t think they’re hot, then what should they think of us? Never mind that the answer is usually that they never thought about your body.
We follow each other’s comments and body complaints, especially harshly when we don’t think they qualify for body dysmorphia. This is probably why we get so mad at celebrities who have made a fortune from their looks.
If the 2000s affected the everyday woman this way, how do we expect it to affect women who were in the spotlight and were under constant public scrutiny?
Even with this latest story, where Kim literally talks about her body fat percentage being the same as an athlete, most of the comments still call her fat and ugly.
That’s why modern celebrities like Lizzo are such a breath of fresh air. There are many reasons why her fans love her – she has a different physique, a different skin color, an amazing level of self-confidence, but not arrogance – but for me personally, it all comes down to the fact that she is just a woman who dares to love her body.
This in itself is revolutionary for a generation of women who have been taught to hate themselves.
Growing up in the 00s was literally a disease so incredibly hard to get rid of – so maybe it’s time to understand a little more about our female colleagues who are still struggling.
Yes, we need to call each other when we throw random comments that are toxic to body positivity, but we can do it with more kindness, even if it’s a celebrity like Kim Kardashian.