The Kardashian team are working hard to remove all traces of an ‘unauthorized’ photo of Khloe Kardashian that emerged on social media over the weekend.
The image in question shows Khloe, 36, standing by a pool wearing a skimpy leopard print string bikini. The Good American founder appears unfiltered, un-airbrushed and not as flawless as she looks in campaign shots for her brand.
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.
Unauthorized: The Kardashian PR team are reportedly scrambling to get this photo of Khloe Kardashian taken off the internet
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.
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.
Picture perfect: The Good American founder appears unfiltered and un-airbrushed in the leaked snap – and not as flawless as she appears in campaign shots for her brand (seen here)
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.’
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’.
Insta: Khloe, 36, is seen here in a recent Instagram shot where she posed for a mirror selfie. The image appears to have been filtered and smoothed out
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 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.’
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 to an extent fans sometimes struggle to recognize her
On brand: Khloe loves to flaunt her curves in sultry images posted to her Instagram
Comparisons: Khloe chalks her morphing looks up to picture perfect contouring done by shading and highlighting through makeup (Left 2019, right 2008)
Not hearing it: Khloe has previously turned off the comments on an Instagram snap where her face looked nearly unrecognizable (pictured September 2019)
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.
‘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.
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
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.
She has also been accused of going under the knife 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.
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’.
Khloe’s changing appearance has undoubtedly been controversial in recent months, but she has denied going under the knife to achieve her new look.
She has admitted to getting Botox and fillers in the past but said she had them dissolved after feeling like she looked ‘crazy.’
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.’
In 2016 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.
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’.
‘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