Kim Kardashian just watched the Framing Britney Spears documentary and it’s made her reflect on her own experiences with media bullying and body-shaming.
The reality star, entrepreneur and lawyer-in-training, shared a series of posts on her Instagram stories describing how she feels “a lot of empathy” for Britney who’s been relentlessly pursued by the media (even when she was facing mental health challenges and clearly should’ve been left alone, but hey that’s another story).
Kim points out that “no one deserves to be treated with such cruelty or judgment for entertainment” before describing a time when she was pregnant with North:
“I was suffering from preeclampsia which made me swell uncontrollably. I gained 60 lbs and delivered almost 6 weeks early and I cried every single day over what was happening to my body mainly from the pressures of being constantly compared to what society considered a healthy pregnant person should look like – as well as being compared to Shamu the Whale by the media.”
“Looking at all the photos of myself and in magazines made me so insecure and I had this fear of wondering if I would ever get my pre baby body back. I was shamed on a weekly basis with cover stories that made my insecurities so painful I couldn’t leave the house for months after. It really broke me.”
Kim adds, “Luckily I was able to take these frustrating, embarrassing feelings and channel it into motivation to get me where I am today, but to say this didn’t take a toll on me mentally would be a lie. I’m sharing this just to say I really hope everyone involved in the business of shaming and bullying someone to the point of breaking them down might reconsider and instead try to show some understanding and compassion.”
Kim shared a series of pretty horrific magazine covers likening her to a whale, commenting on her being “fat” and comparing her larger body to the Duchess of Cambridge’s much smaller body who was also pregnant at the time.
She ends her post with some words of wisdom:
“You just never fully know what someone is going through behind the scenes and I’ve learned through my own experiences that it’s always better to lead with kindness.”
Couldn’t agree with you more Kim.
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