Kylie Jenner’s True Remarks on Beauty Standards Revealed on “The Kardashians”

Kylie Jenner, a prominent influencer, acknowledges the significant influence she and others have on social media. She notices a concerning trend of young girls heavily editing their pictures online, a stage she has also gone through but claims to have overcome. However, this self-perception of not caring what others think can be seen as insulting to the audience, especially considering Kylie has faced accusations of photoshopping her own Instagram pictures as recently as April.

In the documentary, Kylie’s sister Khloé reveals one of the biggest misconceptions about herself – that she underwent extensive surgery to alter her entire face. She vehemently denies this, stating that she has only had fillers. However, Khloé, who has made significant changes to her appearance, expresses that her confidence was highest when she was considered overweight and yet proudly wore a skintight body-con dress. The constant comparison and ridicule in comparison to her sisters took a toll on her self-esteem. This weight shame was a contributing factor in their brother Rob withdrawing from the public eye. Despite Khloé’s current slimmer figure, she still faces criticism for her appearance, further fueling her frustrations. She emphasizes the importance of doing things for oneself and pushing back against the unfair pressure imposed on her.

The statements made by Khloé and the Kardashians as a whole, however, can be seen as empty rhetoric. Khloé benefited financially from a controversial program called “Revenge Body,” and the family has promoted various products and practices that endorse a particular body shape. They have even profited from appetite suppressants, waist trainers, and similar items. Khloé’s sister Kim Kardashian even boasted about starving herself for the Met Gala. While Khloé’s past experiences with bullying may offer some understanding, it does not excuse the fact that she and her family actively contribute to the promotion of a specific body image through their documented diets and workouts, in addition to profiting from it. If Khloé herself has encountered fat-shaming and understands her role as a role model to her viewers, it is perplexing why she would excessively praise others for being skinny. This behavior contradicts the message of body positivity and may appear insincere and damaging to their followers.

If this documentary was intended as damage control for previous backlash, it falls short. It is insufficient and too late to address the concerns raised.

Kylie adds, “I just think we have huge influence. And what are we doing with our power? I think I see so many young girls on the internet now fully editing. And I went through that stage too but I’m in a better place. And other people can instill insecurities in you.” Here’s where things get…ridiculous. Kylie was accused of photoshopping her pictures on Instagram as recently as April. She may not actively encourage others to do the same, but to characterize herself as someone who is past caring what others think is borderline insulting to the audience..

Later, the woman who made a fortune selling cosmetics and was just shown shellacking her sister’s face, tells the camera, “one of the biggest misconceptions about me is that…I got so much surgery to change my whole face, which is so false,” claiming that she’s had “only fillers.” 

Then Khloé, the Kardashian who has made perhaps the most radical changes to her appearance, reflects, “I had the most confidence. I was chubby and in a skintight body-con dress. Society gave me insecurities.” There is absolutely no doubt that during the early years of the family’s fame, it must have been awful for Khloé, naturally bigger than her sisters, to be constantly ridiculed in comparison to them. Weight shame is part of what drove their brother Rob out of the spotlight. And now that she’s slimmer, Khloé is frustrated that she still gets criticism. Whether too big or too small, it’s “Not good enough. Still there are people constantly bullying you. You have to do things for yourself,” she tells the camera, protesting “unfair pressure”.”

This is the definition of empty rhetoric. Khloé earned money for an odious program called Revenge Body. Her family has promoted items like appetite suppressants, “flat tummy tea” and waist trainers. Her sister Kimberly bragged of starving herself for the Met Gala. Whatever bullying Khloé experienced does not justify the fact that she and her whole family not only implicitly promote a certain body shape in their endlessly documented diets and workouts, but also actively profit from it. In fact, that she’s been on the receiving end of this kind of criticism should make her more compassionate and open-minded, not less. If you’ve been a victim of fat-shaming, and you know you are a role model to your viewers, and you know you are being filmed, why would you ever so effusively praise others for being skinny? Over and over? If this conversation is supposed to be damage control for that backlash, it is too little, too late.

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