Kim Kardashian Is Over Body-Shaming, And Honestly, We Should Be Too

Here are the facts. Kim Kardashian posted a nude selfie on Twitter and Instagram on March 6 — just two days ago! Somehow! — because she’s Kim Kardashian, she has an incredible body that she’s worked hard for, and you know what, that’s what she does. But, because she is Kim Kardashian, a wide range of humans felt the need to flap their jaws.

Bette Midler came for her. So did Piers Morgan (snore) and Chloe Grace Moretz (zzzz). Kim, to her credit, came to her own defense early yesterday morning, in an uncharacteristic burst of tweets, indicating that she was fed up. Then, everyone started talking about it some more, and my god, here we are.

Laugh all you want at the Kardashians, call them whatever you want, but don’t call them stupid.  Anyone who spends enough time in the spotlight, with the scrutiny of hundreds of paparazzi lenses trained on their every move, is anything but stupid. I’m a Kardashian fan, and I have been for a while, because despite their antics and the ridiculous things that occaisonally come out of their mouths, they’re a group of sisters with a ride-or-die ethos that permeates every single thing that they do. The Kardashians care about each other deeply and that’s something that’s seemingly overlooked every time one of the sisters does something that offends someone, somewhere, on some level.

Don’t let me defend the Kardashians, though. Kim can handle herself. In an honest and relatively forthright post on her app, she came to her own defense as #InternationalWomensDay winds its way to a close. The whole post is below.

Hey, guys. I wanted to write a post elaborating on my tweets last night. In all seriousness, I never understand why people get so bothered by what other people choose to do with their lives.

I don’t do drugs, I hardly drink, I’ve never committed a crime—and yet I’m a bad role model for being proud of my body?

It always seems to come back around to my sex tape. Yes, a sex tape that was made 13 years ago. 13 YEARS AGO. Literally that lonnng ago. And people still want to talk about it?!?!

I lived through the embarrassment and fear, and decided to say who cares, do better, move on. I shouldn’t have to constantly be on the defense, listing off my accomplishments just to prove that I am more than something that happened 13 years ago.

Let’s move on, already. I have.

I am empowered by my body. I am empowered by my sexuality. I am empowered by feeling comfortable in my skin. I am empowered by showing the world my flaws and not being afraid of what anyone is going to say about me. And I hope that through this platform I have been given, I can encourage the same empowerment for girls and women all over the world.

I am empowered by my husband, who is so accepting and supportive and who has given me a newfound confidence in myself. He allows me to be me and loves me unconditionally.

I feel so lucky to have grown up surrounded by strong, driven, independent women. The life lessons I’ve learned from my sisters, my mother and my grandmother, I will pass along to my daughter. I want her to be proud of who she is. I want her to be comfortable in her body. I don’t want her to grow up in a world where she is made to feel less-than for embracing everything it means to be a woman.

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.

I am a mother. I am a wife, a sister, a daughter, an entrepreneur and I am allowed to be sexy.