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Kate Upton comments on the Khloe Kardashian photo scandal: ‘Start embracing our bodies’

On Wednesday, Khloe Kardashian addressed the controversy surrounding the attempt to kill an ‘unflattering’ and unfiltered bikini photo that went viral earlier this week.

And one day later, supermodel Kate Upton shared her opinion on it via her Instagram stories, as well as linking an op-ed about Khloe’s photo scandal.

Kate, who is a three-time Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl, wrote: ‘Let’s start embracing our bodies and stop alternating them to create unrealistic standards.’

Thoughts: Supermodel Kate Upton shared her opinion on the Khloe Kardashian photo scandal via her Instagram stories, as well as linking an op-ed about Khloe’s photo scandal

Adding: ‘Thank you @realgirlproject for writing this!’ 

The story the 28-year-old model  linked to was on the outlet Betches, titled: ‘The Khloe Kardashian Bikini  Pic Drama Is Actually Very Sad.’

The writer, Jamie Feldman, pointed out that Khloe’s brand Good American strives to represent all types of body types as part of their marketing strategy.

She noted that recent images Khloe has shared of herself wearing her bikini brand shows off her ‘distorted body shape.’

Where the controversy began: On Wednesday, Khloe Kardashian addressed the controversy surrounding the attempt to kill an 'unflattering' and unfiltered bikini photo that went viral earlier this week

Where the controversy began: On Wednesday, Khloe Kardashian addressed the controversy surrounding the attempt to kill an ‘unflattering’ and unfiltered bikini photo that went viral earlier this week

Her opinion: Kate, who is a three-time Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl, wrote: 'Let's start embracing our bodies and stop alternating them to create unrealistic standards'

Her opinion: Kate, who is a three-time Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl, wrote: ‘Let’s start embracing our bodies and stop alternating them to create unrealistic standards’

Jamie wrote: ‘She wants to be a champion of body diversity – just not when it comes to her body.’

The scathing article said that this photo scandal could be an opportunity to be ‘a moment of reckoning for anyone who still views these women as body image role models.’

Ending the story with: ‘It’s high time we all realize that the Kardashians, with their weight loss tea spon con and usage of skinny as the ultimate compliment, are anything but.’ 

Latest: The scathing article said that this photo scandal could be an opportunity to be 'a moment of reckoning for anyone who still views these women as body image role models'

Latest: The scathing article said that this photo scandal could be an opportunity to be ‘a moment of reckoning for anyone who still views these women as body image role models’

Kate has been an advocate for body positivity for years and has been open about the criticism she  has received about her body.

In 2016, she told Glamour magazine: ‘At first I tried to diet to become their image, but eventually I realized that it wasn’t realistic – that this is just the shape of my body. So I had to block them out.’ 

She said: ‘I think that the people who are the loudest about wanting to change you are the people with the least amount of vision and creativity.’

Kate continued: ‘Where I grew up, it was considered a great thing to have a curvy body to fill out a bathing suit. For that to be a negative was so confusing to me. And besides, when I started working, I was booked constantly, mostly for catalog work.’

Adding: ‘So when people were saying, “Oh, she doesn’t have the right look for a model.” I thought, “Then why am I working every single day?” There are so many different directions you can take in the modeling industry, so many ways to be successful.’

In 2016, she told Glamour magazine : 'At first I tried to diet to become their image, but eventually I realized that it wasn't realistic

that this is just the shape of my body. So I had to block them out'

Supermodel: In 2016, she told Glamour magazine : ‘At first I tried to diet to become their image, but eventually I realized that it wasn’t realistic – that this is just the shape of my body. So I had to block them out’

‘I wanted to show you that you shouldn’t conform, you should be the best you, the healthiest you. You shouldn’t always try to change yourself, because then how are we going to tell anybody apart?’ she said. 

In 2019, Kate spoke out again, this time in regards to airbrushed images.

‘When you think about it, we have retouching everywhere now – and we don’t even know it. People are staging Instagram shots and retouching those pictures. That’s the new new norm,’ she said during an interview for Health magazine

‘And then we believe that’s how people actually look, and think we should  look the way too. So, for me, doing an unretouched shoot is a step toward embracing real life. The goal should be to be the best you can be – not try to look like someone else.’ 

Body positive advocate: 'And then we believe that's how people actually look, and think we should look the way too. So, for me, doing an unretouched shoot is a step toward embracing real life. The goal should be to be the best you can be - not try to look like someone else'

Body positive advocate: ‘And then we believe that’s how people actually look, and think we should look the way too. So, for me, doing an unretouched shoot is a step toward embracing real life. The goal should be to be the best you can be – not try to look like someone else’

On Wednesday, Khloe stripped off for an Instagram video to defend her attempt to kill an ‘unflattering’ unfiltered viral bikini photo taken by her grandma.

The mother of one posted videos of herself showcasing her fabulous body which she said had not been Photoshopped – following the release of an ‘unauthorized’ photo appearing to show her un-airbrushed and not as flawless as she ordinarily looks in campaign shots. 

 She also posted a statement about her struggles with her body image, where she described feeling intense ‘pressure’ to be ‘perfect’ and discussed her lifelong struggle with her body image.

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star revealed being compared unfavorably to her siblings, Kim and Kourtney, in addition to ‘constant ridicule and judgment’ has been ‘too much to bear.’

On Wednesday, Khloe stripped off for an Instagram video

to defend her attempt to kill an 'unflattering' unfiltered viral bikini photo taken by her grandma

Her response: On Wednesday, Khloe stripped off for an Instagram video to defend her attempt to kill an ‘unflattering’ unfiltered viral bikini photo taken by her grandma 

Proud: Khloe showed all the results of her time at the gym in the video

Revealing: She put her black bra and matching underwear on display

Proud: Khloe showed all the results of her time at the gym in the video which she shared on Wednesday

Having some fun: The Instagram video was commented on by their half-sister Kendall Jenner

Having some fun: The Instagram video was commented on by their half-sister Kendall Jenner

Starting a buzz: The controversy all started after the bikini photo emerged on social media over the weekend

Don't sweat it: The reality star wore a stylish sweat set

Starting a buzz: The controversy all started after the bikini photo emerged on social media over the weekend

‘I am not perfect but I promise you that I try everyday to live my life as honestly as possible and with empathy and kindness. It doesn’t mean that I have not made mistakes. But I’m not going to lie. It’s almost unbearable trying to live up to the impossible standards that the public have all set for me.

‘For over a decade now in photos, every single flaw and imperfection has been micro-analyzed and made fun of to the smallest detail and I am reminded of them everyday by the world. And when I take that criticism to use as motivation to get myself in the best shape of my life and to even help others with the same struggles, I am told I couldn’t have done it through hard work and I must have paid for it all.

‘You never quite get used to being judged and pulled apart and told how unattractive one is, but I will say, if you hear anything enough then you start believe it. This is an example of how I have been conditioned to feel, that I am not beautiful enough just being me,’ the ex of Lamar Odom added.

Friends and family: Khloe's sisters Kim, Kendall and Kylie as well as Ariana Grande showed their support in the comments

Queen: Kendall and Kylie lauded Khloe for her very candid post

Friends and family:  Khloe’s sisters Kim, Kendall and Kylie as well as Ariana Grande showed their support in the comments

Mother's love: Kris Jenner branded Khloe a 'blessing' as she left a poignant comment

Mother’s love: Kris Jenner branded Khloe a ‘blessing’ as she left a poignant comment

She said she loves a good filter, good lighting and an edit here and there.

‘The same way I throw on some make-up, get my nails done, or wear a pair of heels to present myself to the world the way I want to be seen and it’s exactly what I will continue to do unapologetically. My body, my image and how I choose to look and what I want to share is my choice. It’s not for anyone to decide or judge what is acceptable or not anymore. 

‘For those else who feel the constant pressure of not ever feeling perfect enough, I want you to know I see you and I understand. Everyday I am told by my family and friends who love me that I am beautiful but I know that it needs to be believed from within. We are all unique and perfect in our own way. Whichever way one chooses to be seen. I have realized that we cannot continue to live life trying to fit into the perfect mold of what others have set for us. Just do you and make sure your heart is happy,’ she concluded.

Khloes famous sisters Kim, Kendall and Kylie, as well as mother Kris Jenner took to the comment section to send support, with ‘momager’ Kris writing: ‘Khloé you are the kindest most loving, most supportive, most beautiful heart I have ever known, and I adore you and am so proud of you…. you are an inspiration to all of us and I appreciate and love you each and every single day.

‘Thank you for teaching the rest of us to be kind and to not judge…. you are one of a kind…. what a blessing you are. You are a gift.’

Picture perfect: The Good American founder appears unfiltered and un-airbrushed in the leaked snap - and not as flawless as she appears in her social media shots (seen here in a similar bikini in July 2020)

Picture perfect: The Good American founder recently appeared unfiltered and un-airbrushed in a recent leaked snap – and not as flawless as she appears in her social media shots (seen here in a similar bikini in July 2020) 

The controversy all started after a bikini photo emerged on social media over the weekend.

The image in question shows Khloé standing by a pool wearing a skimpy leopard print string bikini and appearing unfiltered an un-airbrushed.

Soon after it leaked on various forums online, members of the Kardashian PR team reported the posts as copyright infringement, due to the photo being posted without permission.

In the candid image, which is still up on one subreddit, the mother-of-one appears to be mid-conversation and has her hair pulled up in a ponytail as she holds her phone and flashes a subtle smile at the photographer.

The image seems to have been snapped at Kris Jenner’s desert compound in La Quinta, California, where the Kardashian and Jenner clan just spent the Easter weekend. 

While most would be proud to look so good in a bikini, it’s not hard to see that Khloé looks very different to her highly glamorized Instagram images.

In the alleged unedited snap, her waistline appears less defined, her curves less dramatic and her skin not as impossibly smooth as it looks in her carefully staged glossy fashion shoots.

Soaring temperatures: Earlier this month, Khloe showed off her incredibly taut figure in a purple string bikini while relaxing by the pool in Palm Springs

Soaring temperatures: Earlier this month, Khloe showed off her incredibly taut figure in a purple string bikini while relaxing by the pool in Palm Springs

Tracy Romulus, Kim Kardashian’s BFF and chief marketing officer for KKW brands, said in a statement to Page Six: ‘The color edited photo was taken of Khloé during a private family gathering and posted to social media without permission by mistake by an assistant.

‘Khloé looks beautiful but it is within the right of the copyright owner to not want an image not intended to be published taken down.’

The mistake could well cost the assistant their job, as the Kardashian team have been unable to contain the leak.

After the photo surfaced on Saturday it spread across the internet before quickly disappearing on many sites.

It wasn’t long before reports emerged from Reddit users who were asked to take the photo down, with some allegedly receiving legal threats from the Kardashian team because of ‘copyright infringement’.

A user named ‘Calithetroll’ started a subreddit to discuss the Kardashian PR team’s attempt to remove all of the posts online. They explained that ‘after reposting the picture, the mods confirm that someone reached out to them warning them about potential legal action due to the picture.’

Some people, including subreddit moderators who attempted to share the Khloé photo, were reported for posting ‘personal and confidential’ information.

It’s unclear how the photo originally leaked online. There is some speculation on Reddit that it was Kris Jenner’s mom MJ that posted it on her ‘finsta’ which is the term used for a ‘fake Instagram’ created by users to share more candid snaps with only with their closest friends and family.

However, screenshots of a Instagram conversation show Romulus contacting one poster and claiming the image of Khloé was ‘stolen and doctored and originated from a fake IG account.’

Despite the Kardashian clan scrabbling to take down the photo, much of the Reddit commentary about it was positive.

‘Are you kidding? There is one pic of her looking actually natural and gorgeous with some flaws and she wants it gone from the internet?!’ one person wrote.

Controversy: Khloe has long been under fire for her changing face and body, with many accusing the KUWTK star of brazenly photoshopping her Instagram posts

Controversy: Khloe has long been under fire for her changing face and body, with many accusing the KUWTK star of brazenly photoshopping her Instagram posts

Hitting out: As a host of her 112million Instagram followers swarmed the comments section, one penned: 'Why do you look so different', before the famously-funny star hit back: 'My weekly face transplant clearly', much to her fans' delight

Hitting out: As a host of her 112million Instagram followers swarmed the comments section, one penned: ‘Why do you look so different’, before the famously-funny star hit back: ‘My weekly face transplant clearly’, much to her fans’ delight

‘I am loving this hot tea. Kinda sad though. Khloé looks so stunning in it.’ another added to the discussion.

‘Is this the photo they’re talking about or a different one? Because this pic looks good?’ another user chimed in.

Khloé has come under fire in recent years for her changing face and body, with many accusing the KUWTK star of brazenly photoshopping her Instagram posts to an extent fans sometimes struggle to recognize her.

Following a slew of questions from fans, cosmetic and injectables specialist Claire McGuinness weighed in on the discussion, offering her opinion on what changes Khloé may have made.

She speculated that the mother-of-one had changed her appearance so dramatically thanks to a combination of ‘surgery, injectables, weight loss… and filters, makeup and lighting’.

Comparisons: Khloe chalks her morphing looks up to picture perfect contouring done by shading and highlighting through makeup

What has changed? A vintage shot of Khloe from a red carpet event in 2008

Comparisons: Khloe chalks her morphing looks up to picture perfect contouring done by shading and highlighting through makeup (Left 2019, right 2008)

However, sources insisted that Khloe is not concerned with the backlash over her changing looks.

An insider told UsWeekly back in May: ‘Khloe doesn’t care about the backlash she’s been getting from fans saying she doesn’t look like herself in her recent photos.’

‘She thinks she looks great,’ the insider adds. ‘And actually [she] does not care what people think as long as she’s happy.’

She’s certainly having a sense of humor about it at least, after clapping back to fans who have questioned her new look.

After being asked by a fan ‘Why do you look so different in all your photos?’, Khloe hit back: ‘My weekly face transplant clearly.’

Khloe’s changing appearance has undoubtedly been controversial in recent months, but she has denied going under the knife to achieve her new look.

Change is good: Back in September, the star told People that she thrives on changing her appearance

A little like Kim: Here the leggy wonder looked like sister Kim Kardashian

Change is good: Back in September, the star told People that she thrives on changing her appearance

In 2016, Khloé admitted to having fillers to change her facial shape, and in the same year she was made the face of Kybella and its Live Chin Up campaign.

Kybella is an increasingly popular new treatment that targets double chins. The FDA-approved injectable, available at Cosmetique Aesthetics in LA, contours and improves fatty areas.

She has admitted to getting Botox and fillers in the past but said she had them dissolved after feeling like she looked ‘crazy.’

To this day, Khloé maintains she has never had a rhinoplasty, and says her nose looks slimmer because of contouring.

In 2013, she told Cosmopolitan magazine that she had never had cosmetic surgery but did not rule it out for the future.

‘I’m proud for losing weight when I wanted to and I’ve never resorted to surgery,’ she said. ‘I’m not against it – one day I probably will but it would be on my terms. I won’t be bullied into it by social media or anyone else.’

Fit: The star admitted to struggling with her body image, is attracting offers from various companies following the recent controversy, which saw an un-airbrushed picture of her appear on Instagram before it was removed

Fit: The star admitted to struggling with her body image, is attracting offers from various companies following the recent controversy, which saw an un-airbrushed picture of her appear on Instagram before it was removed


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