Kim Kardashian is currently caught up in a bit of a photoshopping scandal. Yep, another one! Just ICYMI the reality TV queen was recently snapped on a girls’ holiday to Mexico in a skimpy bikini revealing her famous derriere. Standard. The difference between these shots and the countless other belfies Kimmy has shared on her social media channels is that this time the airbrush had been left back at the hotel and her famous butt appeared in all its dimpled glory. Cue uproar.
Fans took to social media in their droves furiously accusing the ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’ star of unashamedly photoshopping her previous shots to show-off a perfectly peachy derriere, when really she was, shock horror, flawed.
The Daily Mail has since reported that Kim has lost 100,000 Instagram followers overnight, giving an indication of the betrayal her fans felt about Kim’s previous alleged altering of her photos to remove cellulite. And her social media feed is littered with cries of “fake” “phoney” “false”.
Here at Yahoo Style, we’re a little confused by the furore. Sure we get that people are peeved that the seemingly perfect images they’ve been poring over have required a swipe of the photoshop. We have and will continue to call out brands who’ve excessively airbrushed pictures mainly because it leads to unrealistic beauty expectations. So, when Kim K is accused of doing the same, you could argue that we should have the same level of fury? Particularly if it piles unnecessary pressure on influential young girls into striving for a perfection that doesn’t really exist?
But was anyone really under the illusion that Kim never sprinkled a little magic over the pictures she shared on social media? Aren’t the Kardashians, like all women, entitled to show the world the best possible version of themselves? So is it really a big deal if they choose only to share images where they’ve used the best angles, filters and lighting?
The fact is that we know that things shared on social media aren’t entirely real. Are we accusing everyone who uses a filter on their Instagram of being fake? Who gets creative with the FaceTune of betraying all their followers? Could the same rule be applied to parents who only pose snaps of their children looking Insta-perfect and not the picture ten seconds earlier with chocolate round their chops?
We wouldn’t call out our friends for not sharing an unflattering bikini belly snap from their holiday or going a little crazy on the FaceTune, so is this situation really so different?
A post shared by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Apr 27, 2017 at 10:14pm PDT
Kim K certainly doesn’t think so. And though she’s since deleted it, the reality TV star went on something of a Twitter rant following the backlash over the bikini bottom shots.
“Yup I’ve recently seen perspective is a bitch. I’ll work on taking good videos with better lighting &angles. F*** you,” she tweeted snarkily, according to The Sun.
And in a tweet that she hasn’t deleted Kim also appeared to clap back at the fat-shamers who have been hitting out at the star’s unretouched body.
“Oh and as for me you ask? …I’m just sitting here on the beach with my flawless body,” she tweeted.
A post shared by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Feb 17, 2017 at 10:29am PST
Personally we’re absolutely loving the latest Kim-K pictures. We can’t be the only ones who think she looked mightily fine in those beach snaps either? So she’s got a bit of cellulite, who hasn’t? Can’t we just high five the fact that she was comfortably, if not proudly flaunting her ‘real’ body on the beach? Just because she doesn’t want the world and his aunty seeing pictures of her botty dimples on social media, doesn’t mean she’s actually ashamed of them.
Maybe the critics are right and Kim K should ditch the photoshopping? Not necessarily because it is wrong for her to use it, but because if those pics are anything to go by, she clearly doesn’t need it.