09/12/2014 11:11 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

Kim Kardashian Is An 'Appalling' Role Model For Girls, Says Government Minister

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 18: Kim Kardashian arrives to promote her new fragrance 'Fleur Fatale' at a Spice Market event on November 18, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Kim Kardashian has been slammed by a Government minister as an 'appalling' role model for young girls because her body is 'not normal'.

Defence minister Anna Soubry attacked the generously bottomed reality TV star during an interview on Radio 4's Today programme.

She said she had become 'obsessed' with the mum of two-year-old North – who 'broke the internet' last month by baring her oiled backside on the cover of a magazine.

Mrs Soubry said she scoured the news just to kind out what Kim was getting up to (FYI: it usually involves wearing lots of different designer clothes or hardly any clothes at all).

Mrs Soubry said: "I'm obsessed with Kim Kardashian, I do try to find out what Kim's up to. I think she's the most appalling role model. This is somebody who young girls, women apparently have a role model to aspire to who has got a body that in my opinion is not a normal body."

It isn't the first time Kim, who is married to rapper Kanye West, has come under fire for her corrosive influence on the nation's youth.

Last month, her habit of posting explicit sexual images of herself on the internet was blamed for encouraging young girls to do the same and making them vulnerable to online predators.

At an NSPCC debate, Nazir Afzal – the chief prosecutor for the North West of England who helped bring the Rochdale grooming gang to justice in 2012 for abusing up to 47 girls – said the reality TV star was tempting young girls into sexualising themselves and presenting opportunities to predators.

Mr Afzal said: "The sexualisation of children does not help. The reality is that younger and younger children these days are now exposed to the kinds of things, I saw Kim Kardashian a couple of days ago [the magazine images].

"It's those kinds of things, role models out there saying this is the way to live your lives. But unfortunately, [predatory] men want that to happen, want them to believe that's the way to be, that men can interfere with them and damage them in some way."

What do you think? Is Kim Kardashian an appalling role model? Are children really influenced by her cartoon figure and vacuous comments?