Kim Kardashian has reflected on the controversy sparked by her nude selfie earlier this year, admitting she was “baffled” by how many people found it so offensive.
Back in March, Kim inadvertently caused a frenzy online when she uploaded a naked photo of herself on her Twitter page, prompting everything from celebrity parodies to think-pieces about whether she was a suitable role model for young feminists.
All seems a bit OTT in the cold light of day, doesn’t it?
Anyway, Kim herself has now spoken out about the ensuing controversy, admitting she struggled to comprehend quite what all the fuss was about.
Speaking to the Recode podcast, she explained: “I truly was baffled that people still cared.
“They have seen me naked like 500 times and the censor bar literally was probably more covering than a bikini. I could not grasp why people were still outraged.”
And while Kim’s naked selfie may have been hailed as a defiant act of feminism by some critics - and slammed as nothing but shameless attention-seeking by others - she says she didn’t honestly pay it that much thought.
She added: “My personality has never been, ‘I’m such a feminist… follow me and be naked’.
“If you are conservative and that’s how you are comfortable, more power to you. I respect you. You don’t have to look at what I do.”
Amid the backlash that ensued at the time, Kim shared an open letter sticking up for herself on her website, writing: “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.
Kim later insisted she had no intention of covering up at the Wired awards last month, when her five-word acceptance speech consisted simply of: “Nude selfies till I die.”
Listen to Kim’s full interview on Recode here.
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