Ke$ha Looks Great, but Is a Naked Instagram Pic Necessary?

The rapper reportedly dropped 20 pounds, but there are better ways to show off her body -- and confidence -- than a web pic

Ke$ha has joined the naked Instagram club. The rapper, 26, uploaded a nude photo of herself on Thursday, showing off a reported 20-pound weight loss. We won't deny that she looks gorgeous. But it seems like celebrities flaunting their naked bodies on Twitter is the new normal -- and we wonder if that's a good thing. Is this really the best way to demonstrate "body confidence?"

It's not that Ke$ha shouldn't feel good about her body. We don't blame her in the least for wanting to show off. The thing is, she's a celebrity. She has plenty of opportunities to show off; aside from music videos and red carpet photo ops, she has paparazzi trailing her. Why the need to strip down for 3 million Twitter followers? It feels a little bit desperate, like she doesn't really believe she's hot unless the entire Internet tells her so. She shouldn't need this kind of approval. And frankly, it seems like the opposite of confidence.

There must be a better way for Ke$ha and other exhibitionist celebs -- like Rihanna, the queen of the naked Twitter photos -- to strut their stuff. Maybe the rapper could show off her curves in a magazine like Shape, a la Kelly Osbourne? That way, she could take pride in the hard work it took to get that body, without millions of strangers feeling free to post demeaning comments about it. Rihanna already shows plenty of skin in magazines and videos, which would make a bigger impact if she wasn't constantly posting her own nude photos -- so maybe she should just cut back. And stop responding to fans who call her fat.

The bottom line is, celebrities should stop and think about what their naked pictures are saying before uploading them. Stars like Rihanna and Ke$ha have a lot of teenage fans, who are getting the impression that posting nude pictures of yourself on the Internet is a great way to get attention. And that shouldn't be the case. If a woman is confident in her body, it shows, no matter how much she is -- or is not -- wearing.

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