Does Kim Kardashian’s Naked Selfie Contribute To The Objectification Of Women?

Kim Kardashian is among the few celebrities in the world that can come close to literally “breaking” the internet. With her beautiful face, sultry curves, and a bit of wit, she has managed to become one of the most popular celebrities in the world.

One of the most unique aspects about her is that she has achieved all of this without having an acting or even a singing career. Moreover, she has monetized her celebrity status to a great extent, with endorsement deals and appearances, making up a sizeable percentage of her income. And for that she deserves credit.

Kim Kardashian in a runway dress [Image via Twitter]
Kim Kardashian in a runway dress [Image via Twitter]
Just a few days ago, Kim posted a tongue-in-cheek apology on Twitter for being late saying she had been busy cashing her $80 million video game check. She also added that she had transferred $53 million to her joint account with Kanye. The following was the tweet.

Kim Kardashian West ‎@KimKardashian
sorry I’m late to the party guys I was busy cashing my 80 million video game check & transferring 53 million into our joint account
8:36 AM – 8 Mar 2016

The $53 million is apparently exactly what Kanye needs to get out of debt if his recent Twitter rant begging Mark Zuckerberg for a billion dollars is to be believed.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at the Lanvin show, September 25, 2014 in Paris, France. [Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images]
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at the Lanvin show, September 25, 2014 in Paris, France. [Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images]
The tweet came after Kim posted a nude picture of herself on the social media site and Instagram, which caused quite a stir across the internet, with some supporting her action saying she had the right to, while others pointed out that she was now a mother-of-two and should chill with the nudes. Still, others highlighted that, as a role model, she was sending the wrong message to young ladies across the world that posting nudes was empowering.

The following are some of the highly polarized responses it elicited on Twitter.

Andy Torson ‏@MW_Cross Mar 7

@KimKardashian Seeking for attention at its finest
lilly #FreeKesha ‏@survivorbutera Mar 7

@MW_Cross @KimKardashian she’s just confident in her body and herself, let her be.

Chloë Grace Moretz ‏@ChloeGMoretz Mar 7

@KimKardashian I truly hope you realize how important setting goals are for young women, teaching them we have so much more to offer than-

A few days later, Kim Kardashian posted an essay on her website stating that she didn’t understand why people always criticized her actions and highlighted that she was using the social media platform to liberate women across the world. The following was her statement in regards to this.

“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? 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 allowed to be sexy.”

Soon after posting that, Alecia Moore, also known as Pink, encouraged girls to empower themselves in better ways than posting nudes. The following was her message, as reported by E! Online.

“Shout out to all of the women, across the world, using their brains, their strength, their work ethic, their talent, their ‘magic’ that they were born with, that only they possess. It may not ever bring you as much ‘attention’ or bank notes as using your body, your sex, your t**s and a**es, but women like you don’t need that kind of ‘attention.'”

Kim Kardashian has so far not responded to this. However, the question still remains, did her nude selfie contribute to the objectification of women or liberate them? Share your thoughts below.

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