Kim Kardashian just gave a brutally honest interview to Harper’s Bazaar Arabia and of course, they couldn’t resist but ask her about her sexualized reputation.
But you know what? Kim had the perfect answer lined up. She told them,
“At the end of the day, I still have to be me. If doing sexy shoots makes me feel confident, then I’m okay with it. That might not be appropriate for some people, and there’s a time and a place. There’s certain things I’ll show my kids and certain things I won’t show my kids. But generally, I am okay with it. In moderation.”
We personally don’t think any woman should have to defend themselves for wanting to be sexy or wanting to be modest. If portraying yourself in a certain way makes you feel confident or empowered, then that’s what you should do!
Many of continued to criticize Kardashian for this, however, especially after she gave birth to her children North and Saint. Our culture often places mothers in a box in which they can’t be sexual. But Kim isn’t about that.
“I don’t think for a second that because you become a mom you can’t be sexy anymore.”
Despite all the hate, Kim has been able to move on from the critics.
“I don’t care anymore. I used to, and I used to try to do everything to prove people wrong. I feel confident in who I am. I work hard, I try to mind my own business and not focus on what other people are saying about me.”
We personally have no beef with the way Kim uses her body. Especially because Kim has such a control over her image — she doesn’t let others sexualize her. Instead, she does it herself. There’s something to be said for a woman who takes such autonomy over herself and her image. Often times women in Hollywood allow directors, photographers, managers, and others to manipulate their body, and other times they don’t even have a say in the matter. It’s like when Camila Cabello left Fifth Harmony because she felt like the group’s team had too much control over the 5H’s sexualized identity.
Don’t get us wrong — we’re not saying we agree with every single business choice Kim makes. The cultural appropriation is certainly not cool. But the sexy pics? Kim, you do you.
Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel and when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her obsessing over her tuxedo cat Tom or hoarding drugstore lipsticks.