Back in July 2018 queen of controversy Kim Kardashian found herself in hot water after posting an Instagram story in which she appeared to celebrate being called “really skinny” and “anorexic” by sisters Kim and Khloe.
“I don’t think you’re eating...like you look so skinny,” Kendall can be heard saying. To which Kim responds with a delightedly high-pitched squeal “Whaaat?!”....Oh my god, thank you!”
“Your hair extensions, your ass, your tits, everything, they’re heavy, cause she’s f*cking voluptuous,” adds Khloe. “But she’s anorexic here, her arms are like pin thin, they’re like my pinky.”
“I’m down to 119 lbs,” says Kim. “When I take out my hair extensions I am less.”
Actress Emmy Rossum took to Instagram to express her outrage by posting “@iamstephbeatz, the only time I was 119 pounds is when I had MONO. On a magazine shoot everyone was ‘freaking out over how good’ I looked. I had lost 10 pounds and was gaunt and sick and felt faint… It totally messed with my head. I love you and I’m with you.”
Having remained silent up until now, Kim finally addressed the issue on Tuesday on model and body image activist Ashley Graham’s new podcast Pretty Big Deal, in which she told the host:
“Looking back and having said that, I one hundred percent understand why people would feel that way. So my intention is never to offend anyone and I really, you know, apologize if I offended anyone. Because an eating disorder is…I know people that have serious eating disorders that have been in and out of the hospital for 15 years — close people. So I’ve like, been through…I have experienced it enough to have, like, known better.”
This is not the first time Kim has come under fire for her actions. Only a few months ago, the star was widely criticised for publicly endorsing diet lollipops, causing British presenter Jameela Jamil to brand her “a terrible and toxic influence on young girls”. Indeed, with over 100 million followers on Instagram, Kim’s influence is unparalleled – something that was cemented when she was named “Influencer of the Year” by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CDFA). Though normally she uses her influence to embolden her fans to celebrate their bodies and embrace their flaws. Speaking out on International Women’s Day in 2016 Kim wrote: “I am empowered by my body...I am empowered by showing the world my flaws and not being afraid of what anyone is going to say about me. And I hope that through this platform I have been given, I can encourage the same empowerment for girls and women all over the world.” More of this, please Kim.