Khloé Kardashians photo: Social-media users speak after threatened with legal action

On social media, some users criticized Kardashian’s response, noting her — and her family’s — role in shaping the unattainable ideals she complained of.

Khloé Kardashians photo: Social-media users speak after threatened with legal action Photo

Growing up with a set of feminist aunts, Katherine Bogen — a 27-year-old doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln — heard one message on repeat throughout her childhood: Don’t get plastic surgery.

Years later, Bogen said, she realized “they were [saying] it to reinforce that this standard of beauty is not realistic, and to allow us to think critically about what we were seeing.”

So when Bogen started posting selfies on Instagram using face-altering filters about six months ago, she was surprised by a shift she felt within herself and saw among her followers, most of whom are her friends. She would use beauty filters that narrowed her nose, she said, and got positive comments from friends. Bogen began to dream of getting a nose job. As a Jewish woman, Bogen said, she felt particularly conflicted with her own shift in thinking, given existing anti-Semitic stereotypes — coupled with the self-love instilled in her by her aunts.

When an unfiltered photo of Khloé Kardashian posing in a bikini by a pool leaked earlier this week — prompting the Kardashian camp to launch legal threats demanding the image be taken down — Bogen felt compassion for the 36-year-old reality television star.

“We all exist in this social media climate in which perfection is the ideal to which we aspire,” she said. “The feedback that we get is so reinforcing when you do engage in photo editing.”

In a statement — accompanied by videos of herself — that Kardashian posted to Instagram on Wednesday, she called the photo “beautiful” but claimed it did not accurately portray her body, adding that “the pressure, constant ridicule and judgment my entire life to be perfect and to meet other’s standards of how I should look has been too much to bear.”

Tracy Romulus, chief marketing officer for KKW Brands, told Page Six that the photo was “color edited” and “taken of Khloé during a private family gathering and posted to social media without permission by mistake by an assistant.”

On social media, some users criticized Kardashian’s response, noting her — and her family’s — role in shaping the unattainable ideals she complained of.

Khloe Kardashian has done all this because of a photo where she looks normal and relatable... not unflattering.Yes, the public & society can take some blame, but the pressure on the Kardashian family has come from their own editing and modifying antics. That can’t be ignored. https://t.co/Pz6oqu8mRg

Lol yes I read Khloe Kardashian’s statement and while I have empathy for her, she is currently part of the problem. This is sick and she needs professional help, not a platform where she lives a lie and separates young women from their money by teaching them to hate themselves.

Others empathized with the reality star, pointing to the sexist and unrealistic standards that women and girls, including Kardashian, face — especially on social media.

theres something so viscerally sad to me about khloe kardashian going onto instagram and showing her body in a low-light room because slightly unflattering unedited photos of her leaked.

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