Khloe Kardashian Says Judgment Has Been 'Too Much to Bear' After Bikini Photo Removal
By Zach Seemayer
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Khloe Kardashian is speaking out after taking heat for having a bikini photo taken down from social media. The reality star took to Instagram to share a lengthy message about feeling judged for how she looks and for her reaction to the picture being posted.
"Hey guys, this is me and my body unretouched and unfiltered," Kardashian wrote alongside a video -- shot in front of a bathroom mirror -- of herself in her underwear with her arm over her chest.
The video was a response to people who claim she digitally altered bikini photos of herself to appear thinner -- especially after a photo was posted in which Kardashian didn't like how she looked. As the photo was shared, the 36-year-old reportedly worked hard to have the picture removed, and several people who reposted the pic claim their accounts were frozen and their posts were deleted.
"The photo that was posted this week is 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 of doesn't capture your body the way it is after working so hard to get it to this point -- and then shares to to the world -- you should have every right to ask for it to not be shared," she wrote. "Regardless of who you are."
Kardashian went on to say that the "pressure, constant ridicule and judgement my entire life to be perfect and meet others' standards of how I should look has been too much to bear."
She went on to share examples of some of the mean things she's repeatedly heard and read about herself on social media and in some tabloids: "'Khloe is the fat sister.' 'Khloe is the ugly sister.' 'Her dad must not be her real dad because she looks so different.' 'The only way she could have lost that weight must have been from surgery.' Should I go on?"
She went on to explain that she's not "asking for sympathy," but rather, "I am asking to be acknowledged for being human."
"It is almost unbearable trying to live up to the impossible standards that the public have set for me," she continued, in part. "For over a decade now in photos, every single flaw and imperfection has been micro-analyzed and made fun of to the smallest detail and I am reminded of them every day by the world. And when I take that criticism to use as motivation to get myself in the best shape of my life and to even help other with the same struggles, I am told I couldn't have done it through hard work and I must have paid for it all."
"You never quite get used to being judged and pulled apart and told how unattractive one is," she explained. "But I will say, if you hear anything enough then you start to believe it."
Kardashian said that using a "good filter, good lighting and an edit here and there" is essentially the same as someone putting on make-up, getting their nails done or wearing heels to present themselves to the world -- and she will continue to present herself the way she wants "unapologetically."
"My body, my image and how I choose to look and what I want to share is my choice," she wrote. "It's not for anyone to decide or judge what is acceptable or not anymore."
Kardashian concluded her post with a message for others who reading who feel insecure or pressured to appear one way or another.
"We are all unique and perfect in our own way. Whichever way one chooses to be seen," she shared. "I have realized that we cannot continue to live life trying to fit into the perfect mold of what others have set for us. Just do you and make sure your heart is happy."
A source told ET that there are "many other times" when Kardashian just ignores the haters -- but this time, with the help of Kim Kardashian, she decided to speak out.
"Kim saw how this particular situation was getting to Khloe and they agreed that Khloe should take control of the narrative and stand up for herself and all that she's worked on and helped others with," the source said.
"Khloe has been a champion for all different types of bodies, shapes and sizes through Revenge Body, Good American and more, and hopes that by making herself vulnerable in this way, it will help others feel better about themselves and remind trolls and online bullies the negative impact that they can have," the source added.