Earlier this week, a candid photo of Khloe Kardashian in a leopard print bikini was mistakenly shared on social media. Her team fruitlessly tried to scrub all traces of the image after it was reportedly posted by one of her assistants.
In the unedited picture, Kardashian smiles sweetly at the camera, looking toned and refreshingly natural — what many of us would consider to be a good snap. There are no impossible curves or outlandishly convexed hips, hallmarks of the typical content she posts. Yet for the “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” personality, the photo was unsuitable enough for her to claim it was copyright infringement because it was shared without her permission. But the image spread quickly, despite attempts to remove it from Twitter and Reddit based on the copyright claim, according to the BBC.
“When someone takes a photo of you that isn’t flattering and then shares it to the world – you should have every right to ask for it to not be shared – regardless of who you are,” Kardashian wrote in an Instagram post. She also shared a live video of her unedited body to show “all this isn’t photoshopped,” as she wrote in a comment on the social media platform.
The great lengths Kardashian will go to maintain her carefully curated image and the great lengths the public will go to expose her are two symptoms of the same wider issue: how relentless and pervasive the policing of women’s bodies really is.