Kim Kardashian is under fire yet again for some of her responses in an exclusive interview with Vogue. When she was questioned about the impact she has had on beauty standards in our society, she initially dodged the inquiry.
In an attempt to talk about Kim's overarching influence on the toxic culture of plastic surgery and body dysmorphia that has been plaguing young women for years, the interviewer asked, “You and your sisters have been blamed for promoting—”
"Everything," Kim answered flippantly.
Then Kim took a moment to really consider the question again. “There’s definitely an influence, both positive and negative, on how a whole group of people view themselves because of social media," she responded. "I can see that. I’m not blocked off to the idea that it exists.”
"We all really enjoy taking care of ourselves and being healthy."
I think this is what we would classify as a non-answer. She added another thought: “But I try to think, 'Okay, if I’m raising my kids, how would I react if I felt like there were things on TikTok or Instagram that I wouldn’t want them to see and be a part of?' We would have those conversations.”
Kim concluded with, "I just try to live my life and be happy for people."
There's no doubt that Kim understands just how influential she is to today's youth. She and her family are the people that most young girls listen to and subconsciously accept instruction from more than just about anyone else in the public eye. While Kim is a wildly successful businesswoman who runs multiple brands – one of which, Skims, is worth more than $3 billion – she is primarily a cultural figure and social media star whose fashion and beauty choices shape mainstream culture. So, yeah, it would be nice if she would be honest about how she ended up with that body, rather than pretend like her beauty is completely natural and attainable by eating right and working out.
The Kardashians Have Never Been Honest about Their Surgeries
This certainly isn't the first time that Kim has attempted to shirk these types of questions. Andy Cohen asked Kim point blank in the 2021 Keeping Up With the Kardashians reunion, "Do you think that you are promoting unattainable standards of beauty in any way?"
"I just try to live my life and be happy for people."
"No I don’t," Kim answered right away. "Because I think we get up, we do the work, we workout."
"We all really enjoy taking care of ourselves and being healthy," Kendall added. She said she believes that she and her sisters are merely encouraging women to be "the most healthy version" of themselves.
Khloe admitted that she's had a nose job and injections – not Botox ("I responded horribly to Botox") – but that's it, and it's actually hurtful when people accuse them of lying about what surgeries they've had. She insists that if anyone had just asked her about surgery, she would have told them.
It's ludicrous to think that anyone would believe the declaration that Kim, Khloe, Kylie, etc. are au naturale, no matter how much they try to paint it that way. From a nose job to a hip enhancement to a waist reduction, anyone with a working set of eyes can see that Kim's body has changed dramatically over the years, in ways that can't be achieved with a gluten-free diet.
Nobody Actually Cares If Kim Kardashian Had Surgery
Here's the thing, nobody even cares if Kim had surgery. We live in the real world. We understand that 2022 Hollywood is full of young, beautiful celebrities who look impossibly perfect because they've gotten impossibly expensive surgeries that make them look lightyears better than the everyday Jane does.
But we do care whether Kim admits it, because she holds an immense amount of responsibility as one of the most watched women in American culture. Frankly, it's unfair and harmful to send a message to young women that looking the way Kim does is natural and easy when in reality it costs a great deal of money and is inaccessible to virtually every young woman in America. Being dishonest with girls at a young age about beauty sets up them up for a lifetime of disappointment and self-loathing, especially among average teens who are already struggling with self-esteem issues.
Nobody even cares if Kim had surgery.
The same Vogue exclusive shared that 30% of women visiting a plastic surgeon's office in Beverly Hills specifically asked for surgeries that would make them look like Kim. There's simply no way that every single one of those women are happy with the life-altering decisions they made by going under the knife.
When presented with that statistic, Kim replied, "Wow. I never heard that."
Kim and her sisters are constantly airbrushed, edited, and perfected, not to mention equipped with the world's very best chefs, dietitians, personal trainers, and surgeons. To say that it's foolish for young girls to strive to be like them doesn't even begin to cover it. We need cultural figures like Kim to be at least somewhat forthright about how their body was built, so that young women have all the honest information they need to make the right choices with their own.