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.