Khloe Kardashian is feeling ‘strong and happy,’ after speaking out about her body image struggles.
The 36-year-old reality star candidly spoke about warring with her weight and image for years, after an unedited photo of her in a bikini was leaked online without her permission last weekend.
‘It was a huge release for her to be able to speak her truth finally and she is feeling strong and happy,’ a source told Page Six.
Living her truth: Khloe Kardashian, 36, is feeling ‘strong and happy,’ after speaking out about her body image struggles following leaked unedited photo drama over the weekend
The insider shared with the publication: ‘There’s been an outpouring of support from friends, family and business partners. It’s truly been amazing – everyone applauding her for opening up about her struggles that they all know have been weighing on her for many years.’
After a leaked photo of her in a bikini began circulating online last weekend, it was reported that she and her family were working overtime to wipe any trace of it from the internet.
Khloe addressed the drama on Instagram days later, as she shared live videos of herself to prove that her body ‘isn’t photoshopped.’
Subsequently she issued a lengthy statement where she spoke about the pressure of being in the spotlight and her body being ‘micro-analyzed’ as a public figure.
Addressing the drama: Khloe addressed the drama on Instagram as she shared live videos to prove that her body ‘isn’t photoshopped’ along with a lengthy statement
Taking back power: ‘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,’she wrote
Picture perfect: The Good American founder recently appeared unfiltered and un-airbrushed in a recent leaked snap – and not as flawless as she appears in her social media shots (seen here in a similar bikini in July 2020)
The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star also revealed that being compared unfavorably to her siblings, Kim and Kourtney, in addition to ‘constant ridicule and judgment’ has been ‘too much to bear.’
An excerpt from her message read: ‘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 or doesn’t capture your body the way it is after working so hard to get it to this point — and then shares it to the world, you should have every right to ask for it to not be shared, regardless of who you are.
She continued: ‘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,’ also adding that she likes a good filter, good lighting and an edit here and there.
After the leak image and her subsequent statement, Page Six also reported that she has been been ‘deluged with proposals’ from health and fitness firms.
Fitness offers: ‘Khloe has been deluged with offers from health and fitness brands and companies in the wake of this,’ a source told the New York Post column
Now and then: In her statement she spoke about the pressure of being in the spotlight and her body being ‘micro-analyzed’ as a public figure
‘Khloe has been deluged with offers from health and fitness brands and companies in the wake of this,’ a source told the New York Post column.
The insider continued: ‘The unretouched photo was met with some criticism about how the Kardashians manipulate their images, but mostly the reaction to Khloe herself was positive. And opening up how she has struggled with her body image her entire life resonates with a lot of women.’
Khloe – who has 136 million followers on Instagram – is also attracting the attention of campaign groups following the photo-editing controversy.
A second source added that a ‘lot of people’ are ‘interested in starting conversations, some new [to Khloe] with different ideas of how to partner (whether it be equity, campaign, social) and others she has partnered with before.’
Photoshop backlash: This is not the first time Khloe or her sisters have been dragged for editing photos as she clapped back on Twitter before when people marveled at her looking disproportionate in Good American campaign photos
After her statement millions commended her on her bravery and candor with regards to her struggles.
Khloes famous sisters Kim, Kendall and Kylie, as well as mother Kris Jenner took to the comment section to send support, with ‘momager’ Kris writing: ‘Khloé you are the kindest most loving, most supportive, most beautiful heart I have ever known, and I adore you and am so proud of you…. you are an inspiration to all of us and I appreciate and love you each and every single day.
‘Thank you for teaching the rest of us to be kind and to not judge…. you are one of a kind…. what a blessing you are. You are a gift.’
Not the first time Khloe or her sisters have been criticized for their love of facetune and often promoting unhealthy body standards, the most controversy started after the original bikini photo emerged on social media over the weekend.
Proud: Khloe showed all the results of her time at the gym in the video which she shared on Wednesday
Friends and family: Khloe’s sisters Kim, Kendall and Kylie as well as Ariana Grande showed their support in the comments
Mother’s love: Kris Jenner branded Khloe a ‘blessing’ as she left a poignant comment
The image in question shows Khloé 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.
In the candid image, which is still up on one subreddit, the mother-of-one appears to be mid-conversation and has her hair pulled up in a ponytail as she holds her phone and flashes a subtle smile at the photographer.
The image seems to have been snapped at Kris Jenner’s desert compound in La Quinta, California, where the Kardashian and Jenner clan just spent the Easter weekend.
Soaring temperatures: Earlier this month, Khloe showed off her incredibly taut figure in a purple string bikini while relaxing by the pool in Palm Springs
Fit: Khloe has admitted to struggling with her body image, and is attracting offers from various companies following the recent controversy, which saw an un-airbrushed picture of her appear on Instagram before it was removed
While most would be proud to look so good in a bikini, it’s not hard to see that Khloé looks very different to her highly glamorized Instagram images.
In the alleged unedited snap, her waistline appears less defined, her curves less dramatic and her skin not as impossibly smooth as it looks in her carefully staged glossy fashion shoots.
Tracy Romulus, Kim Kardashian’s BFF and chief marketing officer for KKW brands, said in a statement to Page Six: ‘The color edited photo was taken of Khloé during a private family gathering and posted to social media without permission by mistake by an assistant.
‘Khloé looks beautiful but it is within the right of the copyright owner to not want an image not intended to be published taken down.’
The mistake could well cost the assistant their job, as the Kardashian team have been unable to contain the leak.
After the photo surfaced on Saturday it spread across the internet before quickly disappearing on many sites.
Comparison: She spoke about being called the ‘fat sister’ for years and the toll its taken
It wasn’t long before reports emerged from Reddit users who were asked to take the photo down, with some allegedly receiving legal threats from the Kardashian team because of ‘copyright infringement’.
A user named ‘Calithetroll’ started a subreddit to discuss the Kardashian PR team’s attempt to remove all of the posts online. They explained that ‘after reposting the picture, the mods confirm that someone reached out to them warning them about potential legal action due to the picture.’
Some people, including subreddit moderators who attempted to share the Khloé photo, were reported for posting ‘personal and confidential’ information.
It’s unclear how the photo originally leaked online. There is some speculation on Reddit that it was Kris Jenner’s mom MJ that posted it on her ‘finsta’ which is the term used for a ‘fake Instagram’ created by users to share more candid snaps with only with their closest friends and family.
However, screenshots of a Instagram conversation show Romulus contacting one poster and claiming the image of Khloé was ‘stolen and doctored and originated from a fake IG account.’
Despite the Kardashian clan scrabbling to take down the photo, much of the Reddit commentary about it was positive.
‘Are you kidding? There is one pic of her looking actually natural and gorgeous with some flaws and she wants it gone from the internet?!’ one person wrote.
Controversy: Khloe has long been under fire for her changing face and body, with many accusing the KUWTK star of brazenly photoshopping her Instagram posts
Hitting out: As a host of her 112million Instagram followers swarmed the comments section, one penned: ‘Why do you look so different’, before the famously-funny star hit back: ‘My weekly face transplant clearly’, much to her fans’ delight
‘I am loving this hot tea. Kinda sad though. Khloé looks so stunning in it.’ another added to the discussion.
‘Is this the photo they’re talking about or a different one? Because this pic looks good?’ another user chimed in.
Khloé has come under fire in recent years for her changing face and body, with many accusing the KUWTK star of brazenly photoshopping her Instagram posts to an extent fans sometimes struggle to recognize her.
Following a slew of questions from fans, cosmetic and injectables specialist Claire McGuinness weighed in on the discussion, offering her opinion on what changes Khloé may have made.
She speculated that the mother-of-one had changed her appearance so dramatically thanks to a combination of ‘surgery, injectables, weight loss… and filters, makeup and lighting’.
Comparisons: Khloe chalks her morphing looks up to picture perfect contouring done by shading and highlighting through makeup (Left 2019, right 2008)
However, sources insisted that Khloe is not concerned with the backlash over her changing looks.
An insider told UsWeekly back in May: ‘Khloe doesn’t care about the backlash she’s been getting from fans saying she doesn’t look like herself in her recent photos.’
‘She thinks she looks great,’ the insider adds. ‘And actually [she] does not care what people think as long as she’s happy.’
She’s certainly having a sense of humor about it at least, after clapping back to fans who have questioned her new look.
After being asked by a fan ‘Why do you look so different in all your photos?’, Khloe hit back: ‘My weekly face transplant clearly.’
Khloe’s changing appearance has undoubtedly been controversial in recent months, but she has denied going under the knife to achieve her new look.
Changes: Following a slew of questions from fans, cosmetic and injectables specialist Claire McGuinness weighed in on the discussion, offering her opinion on what changes Khloé may have made
In 2016, Khloé admitted to having fillers to change her facial shape, and in the same year she was made the face of Kybella and its Live Chin Up campaign.
Kybella is an increasingly popular new treatment that targets double chins. The FDA-approved injectable, available at Cosmetique Aesthetics in LA, contours and improves fatty areas.
She has admitted to getting Botox and fillers in the past but said she had them dissolved after feeling like she looked ‘crazy.’
To this day, Khloé maintains she has never had a rhinoplasty, and says her nose looks slimmer because of contouring.
In 2013, she told Cosmopolitan magazine that she had never had cosmetic surgery but did not rule it out for the future.
‘I’m proud for losing weight when I wanted to and I’ve never resorted to surgery,’ she said. ‘I’m not against it – one day I probably will but it would be on my terms. I won’t be bullied into it by social media or anyone else.’
Cosmetic surgery: In 2013, she told Cosmopolitan magazine that she had never had cosmetic surgery but did not rule it out for the future.