I hate to admit this… but on Snapchat, I CONSTANTLY find myself looking at all the featured snap stories😅 it’s easily the BIGGEST waste of time… but… I just get roped in!! Recently, there’s been some snap stories that DRIVE ME UP THE FREAKIN WALL. Those stories are about Kim Kardashian and her infamous BUTT.
I know I shouldn’t give a rats 🍑 about Kim K’s… but I just see so many things wrong with all these pictures and stories about her as of late.
It started out with some pictures that paparazzi posted of Kim on some trip to some paradise, and they released some less than flattering pictures of Kim’s butt. In all honesty, I remember thinking, good for Kim and good for society to see that there are pictures out there that show that she’s just as human as the rest of the world. She’s a mother of two, is busy doing whatever it is that she does, and she has a human body that has human cellulite on her booty. She is still stunning and one of the most beautiful people. However, shortly after the pictures were released, Kim came out in an interview and was saying how they photoshopped the pictures to look worse than what she really is. She also mentioned that she hadn’t been working out so that she was going to start training even harder to get a better figure. Then today, I saw the snap chat story titled “Kim sweats her way through workout after unflattering bikini pictures inspired fitness overhaul”. Also in the story she says that she’s eating “absolutely no carbs” (which I could definitely take a whole post dedicated to carbs and how wrong the diet culture is about them). I felt so upset and my blood BOILED. What is this teaching the world? You go into “fitness overhaul” and eat “absolutely no carbs” when a picture of you doesn’t look perfect?
Now, I’m not saying that her getting a trainer and doing intense workouts is bad. Definitely NOT. Working out is great, and hiring a trainer to help motivate and push you is just as great. Wanting to better yourself for YOUR OWN GOOD is great. I think the problem is the reason she is beginning to hit the gym again. That reason being purely for looks, not for the health benefits. I might be wrong… but that’s just the impression that I’m under.
The reason that I get so upset about all of this is the fact that I have been in a place before where I would’ve looked at that and started scheming in my mind how I could do better. I would’ve looked at Kim eating “absolutely no carbs” and hiring a personal trainer, and I would’ve wanted to figure out how I could get the same results. Then, the notion that working out and eating are directly linked with your physique would’ve been reinforced. The ‘diet cultured’ way of thinking in my mind would’ve eaten that article right up. I would’ve had even more of a desire to become thinner than what I already was… because I would’ve linked that with beauty and success.
It breaks my heart knowing that someone out there may be seeing the same articles and posts and feeling like I felt not too long ago. Seeing the beautiful Kim Kardashian say that she’s not beautiful enough and has to go extreme to change because she has cellulite on her bum. When in reality… over 90% of women (myself included) have cellulite. It’s just natural and it is in NO way an indicator of health. And it is NO way an indicator of beauty and self worth.
I know it seems like it, but I’m not over here trying to throw Kim under the bus and blame her for reinforcing the diet culture. You see this kind of thing alllll over the media. And each and every post, article and snapchat story of this kind of thing just reinforces the idea that how our bodies look = what’s important. It’s horrible that our world is at the point where it doesn’t matter why Kim was at the beach or what activities she was participating in, what mattered was how her backside was looking. I definitely will say that I also feel so sorry for her though… she was there just trying to enjoy her time, but it became tainted when everyone rushed to judge her for having a less than perfect butt.
There’s two main things I took from my experience of reading about good ol’ Kim K today; First, I know I’ve mentioned in a post before about social media, but reading that article today just reinforced that I need to be cautious about what I’m reading on social media. Because no, beautiful celebrities DO NOT know everything about physical and mental wellness. Just because they are doing something specific with their diet/exercise doesn’t mean that that is the way. In fact, they sometimes get extremely unhealthy from what they are doing (like eating “absolutely no carbs”). And Second, no matter WHO you are or what you look like… your body cannot please everyone. Yes, sadly there are people out there who do judge people based on their physical appearance. But you cannot live a happy life by going about trying to please those all people. I can promise you that it’s an impossible feat. But in reality, are those really the type of people that you want to associate with? If your answer is no, then DON’T WORRY ABOUT THEM. There are so many different great and wonderful things to concern yourself with than worrying about how somebody perceives your body.