Helena Christensen has leaped to the defense of Kim Kardashian, accusing media outlets of “fat-shaming” the reality TV star.
In an open letter posted on The Huffington Post, Danish former model Christensen described the media focus on Kim Kardashian’s weight gain during pregnancy as “disgusting and despicable.” Urging the media to find its “moral compass,” Christensen says that attacking an expectant mother for weight gain is “just plain wrong.”
The full letter from Christensen reads:
“It is disgusting and despicable the way that certain media constantly harass the pregnant Kim Kardashian. It’s enough that they persistently project a negative focus on women’s physical shapes; but a public bullying and attacking of a pregnant woman because of her growing shape is just lower than low.
“Whatever else the tabloid-media feel a sick need to spew out of their venomous bowels, let that be their lame choice. But there should be some moral compass. It doesn’t matter who the woman is or what she does. No one should ever be publicly judged for their body, but to attack an expecting mother is sacrilegious and just plain wrong. A pregnant woman should not be criticized for her shape, period!!”
Christensen was joined in her defense by various other media outlets and writers. In an article titled “Just Shut The F*** Up About Kim Kardashian’s Weight,” Jezebel blogger Dodai Stewart wrote:
“Pregnancy is a life-altering event. A woman undergoes radical physical, psychological, chemical and hormonal changes. She is gestating a human being – not just housing and carrying the cells around as they morph from zygote to embryo to fetus, but feeding them as well as herself. No one – NO ONE – should be monitoring her weight gain except for herself and her doctor. And even then, let’s face it: Pregnant women get a f***ing pass.”
The Daily Beastechoed those sentiments, urging media outlets:
“When Kim debuts whatever strange and overly styled thing she wears next, let’s love it or hate it – but please, let’s not talk about her weight.”