'I am empowered by my body. I am empowered by my sexuality. I am empowered by feeling comfortable in my skin.'
Kim Kardashian West is speaking out following a backlash that ensued when she shared a nude photos of herself on social media.
“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?” Kardashian, 35, wrote on her website and app Tuesday in a post celebrating International Women’s Day. “It always seems to come back around to my sex tape. Yes, a sex tape that was made 13 years ago. 13 YEARS AGO. Literally that lonnng ago. And people still want to talk about it?!?!”
She goes on to write she “lived through the embarrassment and fear,” but ultimately moved on, deciding that she shouldn’t have to continue to list her accomplishments to prove she is “more than something that happened 13 years ago,” referring to her sex tape with ex-boyfriend Ray J.
“I am empowered by my body. I am empowered by my sexuality. I am empowered by feeling comfortable in my skin,” she writes, going on to add, “It’s 2016. The body-shaming and slut-shaming – it’s like, enough is enough. I will not live my life dictated by the issues you have with my sexuality. You be you and let me be me.”
She also praises her family, saying she is “empowered” by husband Kanye West, “who is so accepting and supportive and who has given me a newfound confidence in myself.”
“He allows me to be me and loves me unconditionally,” she writes, before praising her female family members.
“The life lessons I’ve learned from my sisters, my mother and my grandmother, I will pass along to my daughter [North]. I want her to be proud of who she is. I want her to be comfortable in her body. I don’t want her to grow up in a world where she is made to feel less-than for embracing everything it means to be a woman.”
On Monday evening after sharing the photos, Kardashian went on a Twitter rant, taking on critics including Bette Midler and Piers Morgan.