Kim Kardashian defends nude selfie: 'I am empowered by my body'

"It's 2016. The body-shaming and slut-shaming -- it's like, enough is enough," the star said.
By Annie Martin  |  March 9, 2016 at 4:25 PM
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LOS ANGELES, March 9 (UPI) -- Kim Kardashian isn't tolerating criticism of her latest nude selfie.

The 35-year-old reality star defended the photo as an expression of sexuality and confidence in an essay Tuesday after her March 6 post generated a slew of both positive and negative comments from celebrities and fans.

"I am empowered by my body," Kardashian wrote. "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 it."

"I hope that through this platform I have been given, I can encourage the same empowerment for girls and women all over the world," she said. "I feel so lucky to have grown up surrounded by strong, driven, independent women."

Kardashian shared the photo three months after welcoming son Saint West and faced criticism for going nude as a mom-of-two. She acknowledged the comments in the essay, saying she is "allowed" to be sexy as a mother.

"It's 2016. The body-shaming and slut-shaming -- it's like, enough is enough," she wrote. "I will not live my life dictated by the issues you have with my sexuality. You be you and let me be me. I am a mother. I am a wife, a sister, a daughter an entrepreneur and I am allowed to be sexy."

Bette Midler, Chloe Grace Moretz and Pink were among the stars who criticized Kardashian's photo. The reality star found an advocate in frenemy Amber Rose, who slammed Pink for suggesting Kardashian was attracting the wrong "kind of attention."

"If a grown mother of 2 is comfortable with her body and wants to show it off that's none of ur business or anyone else's," Rose wrote on Instagram. "Please as a grown woman let another grown woman live as she wishes. That's our problem! We're so quick to down each other instead of uplifting!"

Rose, who was previously close with the Kardashians, clashed with the family last year after criticizing Kylie Jenner's relationship with Tyga. The 32-year-old model is vocal about stopping slut-shaming and hosted a Slut Walk in Los Angeles in October.

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