Kim Kardashian posts a nude photo on Instagram, the Internet erupts — what's new? While the image itself garnered plenty of attention — you don't publish things to an Instagram audience of over 60 million for them to go unnoticed — the reaction to the photo has been just as headline-making. Famous tweeters have made their opinions heard, from Chloë Grace Moretz tweeting to Kim, "I truly hope you realize how important setting goals are for young women, teaching them we have so much more to offer than just our bodies," to celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato coming to her defence.
After hitting back at her critics in a series of tweets, Kim has penned a longer open letter about why she chose to share an image of her body, writing, "I am empowered by my body. I am empowered by my sexuality. I am empowered by feeling comfortable in my skin." She ended with this statement: "I am a mother. I am a wife, a sister, a daughter, an entrepreneur and I am allowed to be sexy."
Some people, like Kim, feel comfortable enough in their bodies to flaunt more skin than others — people don't need to post naked selfies for us to know that. Others prefer to take a more modest approach when it comes to dressing, and that's totally fine as well! I fall into the latter category, but I have no problem with anyone wanting to wear something that errs on the side of sexy, as long as they feel confident and comfortable.
When it comes to my relationship with my body, it's OK. It could be better, and gosh I wish it could be better! I wish I had the cojones to show off what I have, because the female body is beautiful no matter what, but it's just not me. I'm in two minds when I go to the beach in a bikini. On the one hand, I'm self-conscious, and secretly hope I won't bump into anyone I know. On the other hand, I think, 'I'm 26 and will probably never look better than I do now. Be proud!' It's a constant battle, and life would be so much easier if I didn't pay that much attention to it. But I am a 26-year-old woman working in media, so the odds of me not experiencing body image issues from time to time are very low.
I'll never pose nude in pictures, but I don't care if Kim wants to. Seeing the picture didn't offend me, and to be honest the first time I saw it was when Ellen DeGeneres jokingly inserted herself into the image. (Just the way the Instagram feed works, y'know?) It wasn't even a thing, to me. I understand that some of the complaints are about the fact that we probably don't need to see anymore naked pictures of Kim — Bette Midler's tweet addressed that — but that's not what the main issue is about.
Did the photo change what we know about Kim? No. Did the photo give us something new to talk about? Not really. Did the coinciding with International Women's Day make the photo any more news-worthy? Maybe, because it's raised the issue of women speaking up for other women.
At the end of the day, you shouldn't be criticised and chastised for being proud of your body because you feel sexy, and you shouldn't be criticised and chastised if you prefer to keep your body under wraps. Because you know what? You should just do you.