“The photo posted this week was beautiful,” the statement read. “But as someone who’s struggled with body image all her life, when someone takes a picture of you that isn’t flattering in bad light or doesn’t capture your body the way it is after you’ve worked hard to make it this far – and it then share it with the world – you should have every right to ask that it not be shared – no matter who you are. ”
Kardashian wrote that “the pressure, constant ridicule and judgment of my entire life to be perfect and live up to other people’s standards of what I should look like has been too hard to bear.”
Earlier this week, it was reported that her team attempted to take the loose photo, showing Kardashaian in a bikini by the pool, removed, citing copyright infringement.
On Wednesday, the reality star and entrepreneur who is part of the famed Kardashian-Jenner clan spoke in her posted statement about being labeled “the fat sister” and “the ugly sister” on social media.
“You never quite get used to being judged and torn apart and hearing how unattractive someone is, but I will say if you hear something enough, you are going to believe it,” her statement read. “This is how I’ve been conditioned to feel that I’m not beautiful enough to be myself.”
She said she will continue to use filters and photo editing “unashamedly,” just as she wears makeup and gets manicures to “present myself to the world as I want to be seen.”
“My body, my image and how I choose to look and what I want to share is my choice,” Kardashian wrote. “It is no longer up to anyone to decide or judge what is acceptable.”