Two weeks ago, social media mogul and reality television personality Kim Kardashian sent shockwaves across the globe when she posted a nearly nude photo of herself on Instagram and Twitter with the caption, "When you're like I have nothing to wear LOL."
When you're like I have nothing to wear LOL pic.twitter.com/UlSLZb1fp1
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 7, 2016
The selfie featured a platinum-blonde, stripped-down Kim K with two black bars censoring both her breasts and genital area. Unsurprisingly, this photo nearly broke the Internet (yet again), garnering similar reactions to her year-old "Break The Internet" spread for PAPER Magazine which featured an even more provocative and fully nude Kim. Except this time around, things went down a little differently.
As if Kim Kardashian posing nude is anything to raise eyebrows over; people seemed as appalled as ever to see the star post a nearly-naked photo of herself like it's the raciest thing she, or any woman for that matter, has ever done. Within hours, the semi-nude selfie received a ton of backlash and a surprising number of negative reactions from fellow celebs who took to Twitter later that Monday to express their own personal concerns.
If Moretz's goal was to take a stand for young women, why would she go out of her way to do just the opposite and feel inclined to publicly reprimand a fellow woman for being comfortable enough in her own skin? Last time I checked, one of the main purposes of the ever-pertinent feminist movement was for women to take pride in their womanhood and be comfortable with their own bodies, so much so that society eventually reaches a point where gendered stigmas cease to exist. Really, what's so scandalous about the female body, especially one with the sex organs censored, at that? If anything, Kim's sexual expression isn't anything we haven't seen from her and other celebrities. The photo does nothing to suggest that she's promoting womanhood to be defined by our bodies like Moretz inferred.
A few hours following her reply, Moretz followed up with another tweet defending herself against those who accused her of slut-shaming Kim, saying, "There's a huge difference in respecting the platform that you're given as a celebrity and 'slut shaming.' Something I never have done and would never do." If attempting to dictate the way a thirty-five-year-old married mother of two lives her life and scandalizing her given right to portray herself the way she chooses isn't slut-shaming, I don't know what is. For someone whose goal was to try "teaching young women" the do's and don'ts of being a respectable woman, it's awfully ironic that Moretz's reply to Kim basically encourages girls to target and scold other girls for choosing to celebrate their bodies in a way they deem fit.
Powerhouse songstress P!nk also shared a rather wordy rant on Twitter about the same photo sharing, "Shout out to all of the women, across the world, using their brains, their strength, their work ethic, their talent, their "magic" that they were born with, that only they possess. It may not ever bring you as much "attention" or bank notes as using your body, your sex, your tits and asses, but women like you don't need that kind of 'attention.' In the quiet moments, you will feel something deeper than the fleeting excitements resulting from attention, you will feel something called pride and self respect. Keep on resisting the urge to cave. You'll never have to make silly excuses for yourself. #internationalwomensday #bestrong #upyourrealworth."
Just like Moretz, P!nk's degrading rant only goes on to further imply that being comfortable with one's body constitutes for a lack of "brains, strength, work ethic, talent" and self respect. Why is it so impossible for a woman to just be, without constantly having her intellect and womanhood questioned by others? What's more empowering than loving the skin you're in and encouraging others to do the same? If anything, Kim's semi-nude served as a huge f*ck you to societal standards of what the "perfect figure" should look like. Curves? Yes please! Let's also not disregard that P!nk herself is an entertainer who throughout her entire career has always donned skin- tight, revealing leotards and has also done several naked photoshoots, a hypocrisy that at this point is unsurprising to see in Hollywood.
I know it might sound crazy, but it's actually possible for women to be sexual and intelligent at the same time? Wait, does that mean porn stars have brains, too? Mind. Blown.
Both Moretz and P!nk, who took it upon themselves to (unsuccessfully) tackle a topic as big as feminism, should've thought twice before rejecting a woman's right to dress or portray herself the way she chooses to. Their ignorant reactions did nothing but shame women and make them believe that being proud of their bodies and wanting to show it off is an indication of vanity and insecurity when in reality, and in Kim's case in particular, it may very well be rooted from self-confidence instead.
A woman who actually loves herself? Unbelievable.
The reactions didn't stop at that, though. Leave it to modern society to further instill negativity, especially against a woman expressing a more sensual side of herself. British journalist and television personality Piers Morgan also felt the need to chime in on the matter, directly tweeting to Kardashian saying, "I know the old man's [Kanye] $50 million in debt, Kim – but this is absurd. Want me to buy you some clothes?" He also later mentioned in a post for the Daily Mail that he "found it all a bit depressing." He further added that, "Kim's 35 now, and the mother of two very young children. It's hard to escape the creeping suspicion that this new frenzied and frankly rather desperate attempt to 'break the internet' is happening because other younger members of her family have been grabbing all the scantily-clad attention recently, notably half-sister 20-year-old Kendall 'Instagram Queen' Jenner."
Did I miss the memo, or are we still stuck in the 1920's? Why would a fifty-year-old man in 2016 take it upon himself to call a woman "absurd" and attention-seeking and tell her that she should put her clothes back on? Whether he was joking or not, Morgan's tweet still suggested that Kardashian, who censored her private parts just as much as a bikini would have, should cover herself up more. He also managed to cast doubt her confidence as a desperate attempt to catch up to her younger sisters' fame. When was the last time anyone encouraged a man to put his clothes back on or accused him of attention seeking for baring skin? Oh, that's right, that's not something society ever conditioned people to think since clearly, only women can be sluts for exhibiting more sexuality than a nun would. Ancient mindsets like Morgan's only makes it more apparent that patriarchy is alive and well.
But fear not, Kardashian thankfully got her own back. Like her husband Kanye West, she unsurprisingly clapped back to all the celebrities who had anything negative to say to her. She began a Twitter rampage with a general message to all her haters that read, "sorry I'm late to the party guys I was busy cashing my 80 million video game check & transferring 53 million into our joint account." Shortly after, Kardashian tweeted back with shady digs to all the celebs who targeted her earlier that day.
In response to Chloe Moretz, she feistily said, "let's all welcome @ChloeGMoretz to twitter, since no one knows who she is. your nylon cover is cute boo." Well, I guess it's safe to say if we didn't know her then, we sure as hell know her now. She similarly snapped back to Morgan's remark, tweeting, "hey @piersmorgan never offer to buy a married woman clothes. thats on some ashley madison type shit #forresearch." Ashley Madison is an online dating site marketed towards married people looking to have affairs. Yikes!
It seems like we could all learn a thing or two from Kim K. who gets the real last laugh in all of this.
Whether you hate her to the core or are one of her biggest fans, nobody can deny Kardashian the right to express herself the way she chooses. If that means taking near-naked pictures of herself, so be it; at least she loves herself. A little modesty never hurt anybody, but taking pride in your appearance and being able to express that with complete confidence should be a goal at the top of every man and woman's list. Hey, I wish I was that fearless.
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