Khloe Kardashian has stripped off for an Instagram video to defend her attempt to kill an ‘unflattering’ unfiltered viral bikini photo taken by her grandma.
The 36-year-old posted videos of herself showcasing her fabulous body which she said had not been Photoshopped – following the release of an ‘unauthorized’ photo appearing to show her un-airbrushed and not as flawless as she ordinarily looks in campaign shots.
The reality star also posted a statement about her struggles with her body image, where she described feeling ‘unbearable’ ‘pressure’ to be ‘perfect’ and discussed her lifelong struggle with her body image.
‘This video isn’t Photoshopped!’ Khloe Kardashian stripped off on Instagram on Wednesday, (left) to defend her attempt to kill ‘unflattering’ unfiltered viral photo taken by her grandma, (right), and claimed she feels unbearable pressure to be ‘perfect’
In a slideshow posted to her account, Khloe posed topless in her bathroom mirror as she showed off her body with her hand protecting her modesty.
A second video showed Khloe going on Instagram Live, where she removed her sweatshirt and rolled down her trousers to show off her toned frame.
Kim Kardashian appeared briefly in the video, which was commented on by their half-sister Kendall Jenner.
‘PS Yes I did a live to show you all this isn’t photoshopped,’ Khloe captioned the slideshow.
Showing it off: Khloe posed topless in the bathroom mirror as she showed off her unedited body and declared the clip wasn’t Photoshopped
Ab fab: The mom-of-one left little of her toned body to the imagination as she shared the defiant video
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)
‘Hey guys, this is me and my body unretouched and unfiltered…
‘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.
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
Candid: She wrote: ‘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’
Take it off: In an Instagram Live Khloe removed her sweatshirt and rolled down her trousers to show off her incredible frame
Support system: Kim Kardashian appeared briefly in the video, which was commented on by their half-sister Kendall Jenner
Looking fab: The star worked her toned abs for the camera as she returned to social media after the photo was posted
‘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. 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.
‘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.
Proud: Khloe showed all the results of her time at the gym in the video which she shared on Wednesday
Having some fun: The Instagram video was commented on by their half-sister Kendall Jenner
Starting a buzz: The controversy all started after the bikini photo emerged on social media over the weekend
‘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,’ she concluded.
Khloe’s 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.’
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 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.
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
While most would be proud to look so good in a bikini, it’s not hard to see that Khloe 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.
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.’
Bare: Noticeably absent from the poolside shots were the enormous diamond sparkler she has been sporting on her left finger in recent weeks
Some people, including subreddit moderators who attempted to share the Khloe 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 Khloe 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
Who’s that girl? Last year, Khloe has hit out a troll after posting yet another unrecognizable selfie
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. Khloe 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.
Khloe 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.
Change is good: Back in September, the star told People that she thrives on changing her appearance
Changing faces: Khloe has also been accused of going under the knife in recent years and not being honest about it with her fans. In 2019 there was speculation she had a nose job but she has yet to comment on it
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.’
‘I love my stripes’: In February the E! star got real about her stretch marks as she shared a beach snap of her hips covered in fine lines
Back in September, the star told People that she thrives on changing her appearance.
‘I never like to stick with one look for too long. Short hair, major glam, bright lips – you name a look, I’ve tried it.
‘You get to be a different character every single day and experiment. To me, beauty should be anything but boring. It’s a form of self-expression. There’s really no right or wrong, it’s more about how it makes you feel.’
She also spoke about her decision to go back to brunette after a stint as a blonde and she is having ‘a lot of fun’ with her new look.
She shared: ‘I’m having a lot of fun as a “new” brunette. I love to change things up whenever I’m getting too comfortable with a look. It’s whatever makes you feel more playful and daring.’
However, in February the E! star got real about her stretch marks as she shared a beach snap of her hips covered in fine lines declaring ‘I love my stripes’.
Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ Photoshop Fails! Look back at the famous family’s biggest faux pas
Kim’s ‘sharpened’ and ‘Photoshopped’ derriere in April 2017
Bumbelievable: Kim turned the tables when she claimed that ‘awful’ pictures taken by the paparazzi during a trip to Mexico in April 2017 (left) were ‘Photoshopped’ to be unflattering (pictured right on her Instagram in October 2019)
While the Kardashians are often accused of editing their own pictures to look in perfect shame, Kim turned the tables when she claimed that ‘awful’ pictures taken by the paparazzi during a trip to Mexico in April 2017 were ‘Photoshopped’ by the photographer to be unflattering.
Speaking after images emerged of the reality star frolicking in a thong bikini, the mother-of-four admitted she wasn’t in her ‘best shape’ and hadn’t worked out for 12 weeks when the pictures were taken.
Yet despite stating that she had been altering her own snaps, the 40-year-old socialite insisted during an appearance on The View that the paparazzi were to blame for ‘sharpening’ and ‘Photoshopping’ the pictures to make her look ‘way worse’ than she really did.
Kim’s ‘six toes’ photoshoot with sister Kylie (August 2019)
Photoshop fail? Fans pointed out what looked like a sixth toe peeking out of Kim’s perspex heels after the star posted a photo with sister Kylie Jenner in August 2019 (she can be seen with 10 digits in the pap shot on the right taken the next month)
After posting a photo promoting her fragrance with younger sister Kylie, fans couldn’t help but notice what looked like a sixth toe peeking out of Kim’s perspex heels.
In the photo, taken in August 2019, the mother-of-four and her make-up mogul sister wear matching one legged bodysuits, but it was Kim’s left foot that caught fans’ attention, as it looked as though she had an extra digit poking out of her clear stilettos.
Despite fans chalking the mistake down to an editing fail, several followers became convinced the star did indeed have a sixth toe, prompting her to share a video of her feet in September 2020 to clear the air once and for all taping her foot and counting out each toe.
Khloe’s magically disappearing necklace in May 2020
Spot the fail: Khloe’s fans pointed out a glaring photo editing mistake on the reality’s stars photo in May (left) which proved her new look was down to Photoshop – not surgery. Her original look was then finally revealed on Keeping Up with the Kardashians three months later in August
Whoops! A glaring Photoshop fail pointed out by Instagram users appears to prove that Khloe’s altered appearance was all down to editing wizardry, with the dainty Nicole Rose Jewelry butterfly necklace around Khloe’s neck missing the chain
When she initially unveiled the image, fans accused the Keeping Up With The Kardashian star of having cosmetic procedures and even going under the knife after she unveiled the super glam look showing off new golden brown tresses.
But a glaring Photoshop fail pointed out by Instagram users appears to prove that Khloe’s altered appearance was all down to editing wizardry, with the dainty Nicole Rose Jewelry butterfly necklace around Khloe’s neck missing the chain on one side.
Khloe’s ‘no surgery just contouring’ nose job (October 2019)
Insta vs pap: Images shared by Khloe on Instagram (left) differed drastically to professional pictures taken at the opening of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in October 2019, with the star seeming to have slimmed down her nose
While speculation has been rife over Khloe’s changing appearance in recent months, particularly in regards to the shape of her nose, the star maintains she has never had a rhinoplasty, stating her nose looks slimmer because of contouring.
However, Instagram account Celebface, which prides itself on exposing misleading photo editing by celebrities and high-profile social media influencers, pointed out that more than makeup may have come into play in one snap.
Images shared by the star on Instagram differed drastically to professional pictures taken at the opening of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in October 2019, with the star seeming to have slimmed down her nose using photo editing software.
Kourtney’s itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow photoshopped bikini (July 2019)
Same day snaps: Kourtney stunned in a yellow bikini set that featured a tie-up top that ensured her surgically enhanced cleavage was kept completely modest, yet the image appeared to have been sharpened and filtered on social media
Kourtney is the one Kardashian sister who has admitted to having plastic surgery, revealing she got a boob job in college, and is often praised by fans for ‘keeping it real’.
However, the eldest sibling was accused of editing bikini snaps from a holiday in France in July 2019, after images shared on her Instagram contrasted with paparazzi snaps.
Kourtney stunned in a yellow bikini set that featured a tie-up top that ensured her surgically enhanced cleavage was kept completely modest, yet the image appeared to have been sharpened and filtered on social media.
Kourtney gives herself a leg up in the bath (March 2019)
Rub a dub dub! Kourtney caused quite the stir when she promoted her new lifestyle website, Pooch in March 2019 as she shared a naked snap soaking in a bubble bath
Legs eleven! All the jokes and criticism were focused on the glaring mishap with Kourtney’s left leg, which looked much longer than the right one
Kourtney caused quite the stir when she promoted her new lifestyle website, Pooch in March 2019 as she shared a naked snap soaking in a bubble bath.
The famous family’s hairdresser later come out and teased Kourtney about hiring her husband for the racy photo shoot, while some fans took to social media to call it a photoshop failure.
All the jokes and criticism were focused on the glaring mishap with Kourtney’s left leg, which looked much longer than the right one, with the mother-of-three’s head and neck in the photo also looking like they had been retouched.
Kylie’s friendly photoshop filler (May 2017)
Hard work! Kylie implicated not just herself but friend and designer Donatella Versace when she was accused of editing snaps of the pair (left) at the 2017 Met Gala by cinching in her waist and smoothing out Donatella’s complexion original (right)
Different: In a solo shot of the nude outfit, she also drew her waist in on its left side and lowered her eyebrow and hairline in the tweaked shot
Kylie implicated not just herself but friend and designer Donatella Versace in a Photoshop scandal when she was accused of editing snaps of the pair at the 2017 Met Gala.
In a duo of shots, Kylie appeared to have artfully drawn in her waist while also sharing a shot with designer Donatella, whose complexion was made dramatically smoother and looked totally line-free.
In a solo shot of the nude outfit, she also drew her waist in on its left side and lowered her eyebrow and hairline in the tweaked shot.
Kylie’s pool party knees-up (April 2020)
Oops! Kylie was was forced to delete an Instagram image after 20 minutes, as fans spotted a strange alteration to the picture. The warped concrete pool edge was a tell-tell sign an editing app like FaceTune has been used
Rare snap: Kylie is rarely pictured on her holidays apart from her own Instagram images, but is pictured in 2016 looking wonderful in a red swimsuit
The youngest of the Kardashian clan was forced to delete an Instagram image last summer after eagle-eyed fans pointed out a ‘Photoshop fail’ that appeared as if she had altered an image of herself posing in a bikini.
Kylie posted a series of shots with the caption ‘Taco Tuesday’ at her new Holmby Hills mansion, and while some comments asked where the food was, others took note of the strange alterations that had been made to the image.
The warped concrete pool edge was a tell-tell sign an editing app like FaceTune had been used on the photograph.
Kendall’s Barbie doll makeover (February 2021)
Life in plastic? Although Kendall’s work as a supermodel ensures she stays in top shape to model the selection of clothes she requires, the star was recently accused of editing her pictures to look like a Barbie doll
‘It may allude to Photoshop’: One user went over a number of technical irregularities with the post of Kendall, including how her arms and legs bended in the picture, the ‘unnatural proportions’ and ‘impossibly smooth’ bikini line
Although Kendall’s work as a supermodel ensures she stays in top shape to model the selection of clothes she’s required to wear, the star was recently accused of editing her pictures to look like a Barbie doll.
The model, 25, was accused of Photoshopping a SKIMS picture in February 2021, after fans were convinced her lithe supermodel proportions were exaggerated.
The post garnered comments after she wore a thong bikini in the Valentine’s Day-themed shoot, with her followers pointing out the ‘unnatural proportions’ and ‘impossibly smooth’ bikini line.
The mysterious case of Kendall’s shrinking waist (February 2021)
Confident: Just days after being called out for editing a professional image to ‘look like a Barbie doll’, Kendall was accused of another Photoshop fail as she posed in a floral bikini
There it is, and then it’s gone: At least two IG accounts, @celebplastic and @igfamousbydana, pointed out an apparent ‘glitch’ on the 25-year-old supermodel’s Instagram Story post, which appeared to alter her waistline
Just days after being called out for editing a professional image to ‘look like a Barbie doll’, the model was accused of another Photoshop fail.
The Vogue covergirl looked incredible as she snapped a selfie in a barely-there floral bikini, but at least two accounts, @celebplastic and @igfamousbydana, were quick to point out an apparent ‘glitch’ on her post.The eagle-eyed Instagram users zoomed in to show a glitch which revealed an area of Jenner’s silhouette just above her panty line mysteriously being sucked inward to create even more of an hourglass shape. The glitch led both watchdog accounts to accuse Kendall of using a body filter.