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Kim Kardashian is rich, beautiful and pregnant. She is also my least favorite celebrity. That voice, the divorce proceedings that have lasted longer than the months-long marriage, the tape, the family, the power hungry momager. The only thing I like about the Kardashians is Bruce Jenner. Whatever you think about the clan, the baby, the boyfriend, the questionable talent, everything about her life, it’s time to leave her pregnancy alone. More specifically, it’s time to stop pregnancy shaming Kim Kardashian.
Kim likes to wear stilettos, tight belts, false eyelashes and more makeup in one day than most of us will wear in a lifetime. What does it matter if she continues to wear exactly what she wants to when she’s pregnant? Why are photographers obsessed with snapping pictures of pregnant celebrities eating? The other day I stopped into a store for tissues and was bombarded with pictures of Kim and her fork because she apparently “can’t stop eating.” So what? Pregnant people eating is not news!
Kim Kardashian was actually on the cover of the New York Post today -- yes, it has gone beyond celeb rags! Between the Supreme Court and Cyprus, the NY Post had nothing better for their cover than Kim Kardashian?
The more that we let the press obsess over Kim’s choice of maternity wear as front page news or Jessica Simpson’s weight gain, the less we, as women, feel beautiful in our own pregnant bodies. And it’s already tremendously hard to feel beautiful between the morning sickness, the swollen feet, the stretch-mark monitoring, the constant cravings. I never felt fabulous while pregnant, but that doesn’t mean I need to scoff at someone that’s doing her best to be exactly who she is while pregnant. To Kim, I say: Work it, flaunt it and be happy even if you’re not on my list of my favorite celebrities! Afterall, nobody is telling Kanye he looks dumb in his pregnancy outfits -- um, diamond ski masks?
I don’t have to adore and admire Kim Kardashian to know that the press has crossed a line by telling her exactly how she should dress, how much she should gain and what we think is acceptable for her. The only one Kim Kardashian has to answer to is Kim Kardashian. Not me, not you and most certainly not the press. Even if she “signed up” to be a celebrity, that’s just a cloak and dagger way of the press telling us regular folks how we should act, what we should and should not gain and how we should feel when we’re pregnant. Pregnant bodies, just like women’s bodies, should be off limits. Our bodies are not billboards to make a point or take a stand. Our bodies are for us and no one else.
I never thought I would defend Kim Kardashian or feel bad for her, but I do. Just like us, she’s living her life and right now she just so happens to be pregnant. Let her be and back off. She has every right to enjoy stilettos and sleeveless baby doll dresses adorned with waist hugging belts just as much as I enjoyed root beer, nachos, flip flops and sweat pants. I rocked sweat pants, too. And I was absolutely glowing.