Chrissy Teigen is having trouble squaring her feelings about Khloé Kardashian’s unedited bikini photo that leaked earlier this month.
The 35-year-old model and wife of John Legend shared her thoughts on the unintentional post featuring her friend while chatting with Andy Cohen Tuesday on Watch What Happens Live.
Although she supported Khloé’s desire to control what photos of herself are released, she also wished the reality TV star could learn to accept and love her body.
Mixed feelings: Chrissy Teigen, 35, was conflicted between body positivity and setting a good example when Andy Cohen asked about Khloé Kardashian’s leaked bikini photo Tuesday on Watch What Happens Live
Chrissy admitted she was conflicted about the kerfuffle over the unedited picture, which showed off Khloé’s enviable figure in a leopard-print bikini by her mother Kris Jenner’s pool at her Palm Springs vacation home.
‘Honest, I went like a million different ways with it and I ended up talking about it in therapy, oddly enough,’ she admitted, which she attributed to her ‘body insecurity issues’ and the way celebrities have contributed to ‘distorting’ people’s image of ‘what a real human body looks like.’
She added: ‘You get frustrated because I look at Khloé and I’m like, “Of course, you’re so beautiful, you’re so strong.”
‘The changes that she’s made to her body, she’s so proud of and everybody’s so proud of. You want someone to be like, “F*** yes, this is my body” in any light,’ she continued.
Stunning: ‘You get frustrated because I look at Khloé and I’m like, “Of course, you’re so beautiful, you’re so strong,”‘ she said; Khloé seen in her unedited photo from earlier this month
On the other hand: But her desire for body acceptance was tempered by wanting Khloé and other women to be able to control the narratives around their bodies
Nuance: ‘If she didn’t want that photo to be out, she didn’t want that photo be out. And that’s fine, too,’ she said, adding, ‘there can be two truths’
But her desire for body acceptance was tempered by wanting Khloé and other women to be able to control the narratives around their bodies.
‘If she didn’t want that photo to be out, she didn’t want that photo be out. And that’s fine, too,’ she said, adding, ‘there can be two truths.’
Chrissy said that many social media users look at the issue in black-and-white terms and don’t understand that ‘someone would not want this photo out’ but can ‘also be proud of that photo.’
The Chrissy’s Court star added that if she were in the same boat as Khloé, she would ‘want people to know that, like, this is a strong, powerful photo of myself and I’m proud of it.
‘I’m willing to go through this bulls*** and show off my body in any way that I can for other people to feel better about theirs,’ she added.
Setting an example: ‘I’m willing to go through this bulls*** and show off my body in any way that I can for other people to feel better about theirs,’ she added
Living free: Chrissy regularly shows off herself untouched and makeup free in barely any clothing at home. Fittingly, she started selling robes on her Cravings website
Chrissy has already been walking the walk, as she regularly shares unedited videos of herself lounging around the house to her Instagram stories.
She’s often fine with minimal makeup looks and sometimes stick with a bathrobe or less while relaxing.
Fittingly, the runway star added a line of her favorite robes when she reopened her Cravings website store in late February.
Showing it off: Khloe posed topless in the bathroom mirror as she showed off her unedited body and declared the clip wasn’t Photoshopped after her unedited snap leaked
Khloé initially posted her unedited photo to Instagram earlier this month, but she quickly deleted it as she prefers to edit her photos before sharing them publicly.
To prove that she was still proud of her body she returned with a video filmed in her bathroom to highlighted her sculpted physique.
‘PS Yes I did a live to show you all this isn’t photoshopped,’ she captioned it.
‘Hey guys, this is me and my body unretouched and unfiltered…’ she wrote in an included text post.
‘In truth, the pressure, constant ridicule and judgment my entire life to be perfect and to meet other’s standards of how I should look has been too much to bear. “Khloe is the fat sister.” “Khloe is the ugly sister.” “Her dad must not be her real dad because she looks so different.” “The only way she could have lost that weight must have been from surgery.” Should I go on?
Traumatized: She recounted years of criticism of her appearance on social media and being called ‘the ugly sister’ among the Kardashian–Jenners
Not changing: She defending using filters and edits as being no different than putting on makeup or wearing high heels, and she was defiant about continuing to edit her photos
‘Oh but who cares how she feels because she grew up in a life of privilege. She’s also on a reality show so she signed up for all of this. I’m of course not asking for sympathy but I am asking to be acknowledged for being human.
She continued, bemoaning how she had been conditioned by years of people criticizing her photos into thinking she was ‘not beautiful enough.’
But she defending using filters and edits as being no different than putting on makeup or wearing high heels, and she was defiant about continuing to edit her photos.