Proud2Bme | Kim Kardashian’s Nude Selfie is Not Enough

  • News & Inspiration
  • Media Influences

Kim Kardashian’s Nude Selfie is Not Enough

By Nichole Petroy--By now, you’ve heard of the Kim Kardashian nude selfie. You know which one, don't you? The most recent one, where Kim intended to show off her post-baby body?  The photo consists of a naked Kim Kardashian, covered only by black bars on her breasts and crotch area.

When I first heard about it, it basically went in one ear and out the other. I mean, the woman published a book of her own selfies. She is best known for a sex tape. She has posted nude pictures before. It just seemed like another day of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. For some reason, however, the public was particularly displeased. As people voiced their negative opinions of the picture left and right, Kim decided to step up and defend herself.

Kim wrote a letter explaining her actions. She wants to show us that no number of naked pictures detracts from her parenting skills. Kim says that her body makes her feel empowered and she wants it to help other women feel empowered too. While I agree that being able to show off your body and being a good mother are not mutually exclusive, we must recognize as a society that there are more ways to feel "empowered" than from our physical appearance.

People like Kim Kardashian stand for feeling sexy and loving your body, sexuality and overall demeanor. I LOVE that! I totally agree. I hope every single person reading this thinks that they are the sexiest person on earth. The thing is that showing off your body is not the only way to empower yourself and others. There are young girls in middle school and high school who see these celebrities showcasing their naked bodies and automatically think they need to do the same to gain some sort of self-worth.

I do not think we need to look down on Kim for what makes her feel empowered.  At the end of the day, she is a grown woman who is married to Kanye West, has enough money to fill a swimming pool and has a fan base that will forever have her back. What she chooses to do is a decision all her own. 

What we need to do, however, is start to make some other women popular. We need to showcase and talk about what empowers activists, comedians, women in positions of power and everyone else in between. We need to give attention to those who are standing up for equal pay, volunteering at homeless shelters, creating new technology and contributing to society in ways that are bigger than ourselves. THOSE are the things we need to teach our future female leaders to find their "empowerment."

I think it's safe to say that we all want to be confident and proud of our bodies. While that is all fine and good, we must also realize that true value comes from our brains, our personalities and our willingness to make the world a better place. We are more than pretty. We are pretty smart, pretty kind, and pretty bad-a**!

About the blogger: Nichole is a 20-year-old girl from Pennsylvania who fancies cats and rap music. In her spare time, she can be found baking, running or writing. As somebody who is recovering from bulimia herself, her passion lies with helping others recover from their eating disorders, and she is looking forward to pursuing it as a career in the near future. She has a personal blog documenting her journey here.

Also by Nichole:

Barbie’s New Look: Empowering or Not Enough? Our Writers Weigh In!

Beauty in the Buff: What I Learned from Looking at My Naked Body

7 Great Reasons to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others


Facebook discussion

get help


About Us

Proud2Bme is an online community created by and for teens. We cover everything from fashion and beauty to news, culture, and entertainment—all with the goal of promoting positive body image and encouraging healthy attitudes about food and weight.

This site was developed in partnership with Riverduinen and made possible by generous contributions from JPMorgan Chase, Globant, the University of Delaware, and The Hilda & Preston Davis Foundation.

Proud2Bme was first launched in the Netherlands by Riverduinen, a mental health organization that has licensed the concept to the National Eating Disorders Association. Unless otherwise noted, all original content on this site is copyright The National Eating Disorders Association. The Proud2Bme brand, logos, and trademarks are property of Rivierduinen.