‘Constant filters are promoting harmful beauty standards’: Katie Couric weighs in on Khloe Kardashian photo drama after reality star tries to kill unfiltered bikini snap
- An unedited, unfiltered photo of Kardashian, 36, went viral earlier this week followed by reports Khloe was frantically trying to bury the private snap
- In response to the scandal, Kardashian shared a long post about the damage body shaming has had on her to Instagram on Wednesday
- Couric applauded Khloe for her ‘raw and honest’ post
- She also agreed with critics saying ‘non stop procedures and constant filters are promoting unrealistic and harmful beauty standards’
- Jameela Jamil also offered an opinion, sympathizing with Khloe about the bullying but calling her part of the problem for promoting ‘diet culture’
- Jamil has long criticized the Kardashians for advertising unhealthy weight-loss products and unrealistic beauty norms
Katie Couric thinks ‘non stop procedures and constant filters’ are distorting beauty standards.
The media veteran, 64, weighed in on the issue after Khloe Kardashian shared a unreserved Instagram post regarding a recently leaked, unedited and unfiltered photo of the social media star in a bikini.
While she thanked Kardashian, 36, for the ‘raw and honest post’ in a reply to the account Comments By Celebs, Couric went on to say, ‘But I agree with those who say the non stop procedures and constant filters are promoting unrealistic and harmful beauty standards.’
Khloe took to social media on Wednesday to talk about the ‘unflattering’ bikini photo making it around the internet, calling the ‘constant ridicule’ about her body ‘too much to bear.’ She did not directly address allegations over cosmetic surgery.
Her opinion: Journalist Katie Couric said that she thinks ‘non stop procedure and constant filters are promoting unrealistic beauty standard’ while offering her opinion on Khloe Kardashian’s recent drama surrounding an unedited photo of the star which went viral. Couric is seen in February 2020 above
Both sides: While she thanked Kardashian, 36, for the ‘raw and honest post’ the 64-year-old media vet went on to say, ‘I agree with those who say the non stop procedures and constant filters are promoting unrealistic and harmful beauty standards’
While the former Today hostess Couric seemed to look at things from both sides, frequent Kardashian critic Jameela Jamil had a much more blunt take on Khloe’s candid post.
Although she sympathized with the reality star for being ‘bullied,’ the The Book Place star also called Khloe out for being part of the problem.
Retweeting Khloe’s statement in which she described feeling ‘unbearable pressure’ to be ‘perfect, Jameela added: ‘This is what I was saying. She was bullied into this mind state.
‘But now is also a really good time to admit to surgeries, thinning photographs and videos, and to stop being part of the culture that makes girls like her hate herself.’
Referring to Khloe’s history of promoting diet supplements and her makeover show, Jameela continued: ‘No more diet products. No more “revenge body.”
‘When diet culture wins, *everyone* else loses. Even the people making money from promoting it.’
In the past Jameela has been hard on the sisters for promoting products like detox teas and smoothies which are considered ineffective and unhealthy weight-loss methods by most medical professionals.
Emotional: Khloe took to social media on Wednesday to talk about the ‘unflattering’ bikini photo making it around the internet, calling the ‘constant ridicule’ about her body ‘too much to bear’
Candid: Jameela Jamil also chimed in, sympathizing with Khloe being ‘bullied’ into that mind state but also calling her out for being part of the problem
Couric and Jameel’s comments come after Khloe stripped off for an Instagram video to prove she wasn’t photoshopping herself after trying to bury the now-viral, leaked swimsuit photo taken by her grandma Mary Jo.
‘PS Yes I did a live to show you all this isn’t photoshopped,’ Khloe captioned a later post with screencaps of the livestream and an emotional essay.
‘Hey guys, this is me and my body unretouched and unfiltered…’ she wrote, explaining: ‘In truth, the pressure, constant ridicule and judgment my entire life to be perfect and to meet other’s standards of how I should look has been too much to bear.’
‘”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?
‘Oh but who cares how she feels because she grew up in a life of privilege. She’s also on a reality show so she signed up for all of this. I’m of course not asking for sympathy but I am asking to be acknowledged for being human.
‘I am not perfect but I promise you that I try everyday to live my life as honestly as possible and with empathy and kindness.
Stripping off: Jameela’s tweet comes after Khloe stripped off for an Instagram video to defend her attempt to bury an ‘unflattering’ unfiltered viral bikini photo taken by her grandma
‘It doesn’t mean that I have not made mistakes. But I’m not going to lie. It’s almost unbearable trying to live up to the impossible standards that the public have all set for me.
‘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 everyday 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 others 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, but I will say, if you hear anything enough then you start believe it.
‘This is an example of how I have been conditioned to feel, that I am not beautiful enough just being me.
Speaking out: Khloe described her body image struggles in a lengthy statement posted to her account where she spoke of the pressure to look a certain way
‘I love a good filter, good lighting and an edit here and there. The same way I throw on some make-up, get my nails done, or wear a pair of heels to present myself to the world the way I want to be seen and it’s exactly what I will continue to do unapologetically.
‘My body, my image and how I choose to look and what I want to share is my choice. It’s not for anyone to decide or judge what is acceptable or not anymore.
‘For those else who feel the constant pressure of not ever feeling perfect enough, I want you to know I see you and I understand. Everyday I am told by my family and friends who love me that I am beautiful but I know that it needs to be believed from within.
‘We are all unique and perfect in our own way. Whichever way one chooses to be seen. 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’.
The controversy all started after the original bikini photo emerged on social media over the weekend.
The image in question shows Khloe standing by a pool wearing a skimpy leopard print string bikini and appearing unfiltered an un-airbrushed.
Soon after it leaked on various forums online, members of the Kardashian PR team reported the posts as copyright infringement, due to the photo being posted without permission.
Picture perfect: The Good American founder appears unfiltered and un-airbrushed in the leaked snap – and not as flawless as she appears in her social media shots (seen left in a similar bikini in July 2020)
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