Kim Kardashian recalls traumatic body-shaming experience

Published March 7, 2021, 10:58 AM

by Stephanie Bernardino

Magazine covers featuring Kim Kardashian

It took Britney Spears’s documentary to trigger reality star Kim Kardashian to remember how she received so much judgment during her pregnancy days just because her body figure has changed.

According to Kim, after watching Britney’s docu, it made her feel a lot of empathy for the singer.

“The way the media played a big role in her life the way it did can be very traumatizing and it can really break even the strongest person. No matter how public someone’s life may seem, no one deserves to be treated with such cruelty or judgment for entertainment,” she wrote on Instagram.

Kim shared how she was suffering from preeclampsia when she was pregnant with North that made her “swell uncontrollably.”

Then, she gained 60 pounds and delivered almost six weeks early.

Kim admitted she would cry every single day over what was happening to her body.

“Mainly from the pressures of being constantly compared to what society considered a healthy pregnant person should look like – as well as being compared to Shamu the Whale by the media,” she related.

“Looking at all of the photos of myself online and in magazines made me so insecure and I had this fear of wondering if I would ever get my pre-baby body back. I was shamed on a weekly basis with cover stories that made my insecurities so painful I couldn’t leave the house for months after. It really broke me.”

Luckily, Kim said she was able to take the frustrating and embarrassing feeling and channel them into motivation to get her where she is today.

“But to say this didn’t take a toll on me mentally would be a lie,” she revealed.

“I’m sharing this just to say I really hope everyone involved in the business of shaming and bullying someone to the point of breaking them down might reconsider and instead try to show some understanding and compassion. You just never fully know what someone is going through behind the scenes and I’ve learned through my own experiences that it’s always better to lead with kindness.”

The reality TV star has filed for divorce from rapper Kanye West after almost seven years of marriage, her publicist told AFP.