ByMeghann Elisa, writer at
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Meghann Elisa

In case you missed it, Kim Kardashian posted a rather racy selfie on Instagram this week — completely naked. The saucy snap has caused a bit of a stir among some of the more vocal celebrities on Twitter, but Kardashian has fired back with a statement explaining her side of the story.

Posted to her own website in honor of International Women's Day, the open letter addresses Kim's past and present as a mother, wife, sister and daughter living in the spotlight. It seems the main purpose of the letter is to really take a stand against slut shaming — and she couldn't have executed it more perfectly.

On Monday, the infamous selfie was posted to Kim's Instagram. With only a couple of digitally added black bars to protect her modesty, presumably in order to comply with Instagram's regulations, Kim captioned the photo with a cheeky:

When you're like I have nothing to wear LOL

Several celebrities were pretty quick to attack the photo on Twitter — but Kim was even quicker to silenced her critics with some strongly worded responses.

It Started With Chloë Grace Moretz:

Then Piers Morgan:

Kim Even Took On Bette Midler:

But Kim needed far more than 140 characters to express her true feelings. Perfectly timed for International Women's Day yesterday, she posted this inspiring statement with a powerful message to her website, and it's seriously worth the read:

Hey, guys. I wanted to write a post elaborating on my tweets last night. In all seriousness, I never understand why people get so bothered by what other people choose to do with their lives.

I don’t do drugs, I hardly drink, I’ve never committed a crime — and yet I’m a bad role model for being proud of my body?

It always seems to come back around to my sex tape. Yes, a sex tape that was made 13 years ago. 13 YEARS AGO. Literally that lonnng ago. And people still want to talk about it?!?!

I lived through the embarrassment and fear, and decided to say who cares, do better, move on. I shouldn’t have to constantly be on the defense, listing off my accomplishments just to prove that I am more than something that happened 13 years ago.

Let’s move on, already. I have.

I am empowered by my body. I am empowered by my sexuality. I am empowered by feeling comfortable in my skin. I am empowered by showing the world my flaws and not being afraid of what anyone is going to say about me. And I hope that through this platform I have been given, I can encourage the same empowerment for girls and women all over the world.

I am empowered by my husband, who is so accepting and supportive and who has given me a newfound confidence in myself. He allows me to be me and loves me unconditionally.

I feel so lucky to have grown up surrounded by strong, driven, independent women. The life lessons I’ve learned from my sisters, my mother and my grandmother, I will pass along to my daughter. I want her to be proud of who she is. I want her to be comfortable in her body. I don’t want her to grow up in a world where she is made to feel less-than for embracing everything it means to be a woman.

It’s 2016. The body-shaming and slut-shaming — it’s like, enough is enough. I will not live my life dictated by the issues you have with my sexuality. You be you and let me be me.

I am a mother. I am a wife, a sister, a daughter, an entrepreneur and I am allowed to be sexy.


And a whole host of other celebrities seem to agree. Emily Ratajkowski, Abigail Breslin and Bella Thorne have since stepped up to voice their support for Kim.

Do you think Kim was right to post the selfie?


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