Khloe Kardashian has said she tried to get an unfiltered photo removed from social media because she feels “almost unbearable” pressure to meet the “impossible standards” set by fans.
The reality TV star and influencer wrote on Instagram: “In truth, the pressure, constant ridicule and judgment my entire life to be perfect and to meet others’ standards of how I should look has been too much to bear.”
Her revealing statement follows an attempt to take down an image of her in a bikini that was posted “by mistake”.
The new post, which was accompanied by “unretouched and unfiltered” videos of herself, said the original picture was “beautiful”.
“But as someone who has struggled with body image her whole life, when someone takes a photo of you that isn’t flattering, in bad lighting or doesn’t capture your body the way it is after working so hard to get it to this point – and then shares it to the world – you should have every right to ask for it not to be shared – regardless of who you are,” she wrote.
The 36-year-old, who shot to fame in 2007 with her family on the reality TV show Keeping Up With the Kardashians, quoted comments she has received calling her “the fat sister”, “the ugly sister” and saying “her dad must not be her real dad because she looks so different”.
She said she was “not asking for sympathy” but “to be acknowledged for being human”.
“I’m not going to lie. It’s almost unbearable trying to live up to the impossible standards that the public have all set for me,” she continued.
‘Not beautiful enough’
“I love a good filter, good lighting and an edit here and there.” They are the same as putting on make-up, getting her nails done or wearing a pair of heels “to present myself to the world the way I want to be seen”, she explained.
But Kardashian’s efforts to have it removed also spurred others to repost it.