Jameela Jamil says Kim Kardashian is "harmed and deluded" by her "obsession" with body image

Catriona Harvey-Jenner
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From Cosmopolitan

Jameela Jamil is not one to keep quiet about issues she feels passionate about; one of which is the toxic nature of beauty standards for women, and the way this can manifest so damagingly in terms of our relationships with our bodies. So it wasn't exactly surprising when The Good Place actor took to Instagram to share her thoughts on a recent video uploaded by Kim Kardashian on the social platform.

The reality star posted a short BTS film from a fitting for a corset just like the famous one she wore to the 2019 Met Gala. "I wore a corset like this for the Met Ball... but the corset was misplaced that night and I want it so badly preserved for my archive that I flew to London to have another made," KKW wrote in the caption.

The Kardashian sisters are no strangers to waist trainers and figure-hugging shapewear, but even by their standards, this one was extreme. "This is insane lol," wrote Kim's sister Khloe Kardashian.

The corset in question reportedly took three men to fasten, and it's said that Kim had to take breathing lessons from the designer prior to the event. Ouch.

A few days after the video was uploaded, body positivity activist Jameela Jamil shared her thoughts on the whole thing. And while she's never been hesitant to say exactly what she thinks about how she believes some of the Kardashian/Jenners feed into the rigid beauty standards narrative, promoting diet culture and unrealistic body types, Jameela had more to say on the wider issue at play with this one.

Writing on Instagram, she revealed "I’ve received over 1000 DMs asking me to address this. The reason I didn’t jump on it immediately isn’t because I don’t think the post was damaging and disappointing. I do. It’s because the fact that you’re all messaging me about it, shows my work is done."

Jameela insisted that her goal all this time hasn't been to try to "cancel" Kim Kardashian, but instead to educate people enough to be aware themselves when they're being fed what she calls "bullsh*t expectation of women, developed by the patriarchy."

"If YOU know that it’s problematic, reductive and irresponsible for her to perpetuate such a heavily impossible beauty standard to her impressionable fans... then you’re empowered and conscious and don’t need me," posted the actor.

Jameela went on to say she believes Kim Kardashian has had "decades of body image issues and obsession", heavily perpetuated by the way the family has been so publicly scrutinised over the way they look. "She isn’t actively trying to harm you. She’s just so harmed and deluded into thinking this is what SHE needs to look like to be special and beautiful and she’s spilling it out onto her following," wrote Jameela.

It's a slightly different approach for Jameela Jamil, who founded the body positive #IWeigh movement on social media, but it's fair to say it was powerful. Her point is that it doesn't feel productive to attack someone else (who's arguably a victim of the same body image standards we're all needlessly held up to), but to take a step back and realise we don't all have to look a certain way.

"The smart thing to do is to protect YOURSELF. YOU have the power. YOU control every Market. YOU choose what and who is trendy. Unfollow the people who tell you things that hurt your self esteem," she wrote. And we're here for that message.

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