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When the glam and gorgeous Kim Kardashian is flitting around on our TV screens, or beaming at us from high-gloss magazine covers, she can seem more like a doll than a human. But human she is and, on the latest episode of E!'s Keeping Up With the Kardashians, she discovers that she suffers from a physical imperfection that sometimes plagues our species: psoriasis.
When her trim, tanned legs break out in red, blotchy scales, Kardashian visits a Beverly Hills dermatologist, where he diagnoses her with the hereditary skin condition. "When the doctor tells me I have psoriasis, I have heard of it before, because my mom (Kris Jenner) has always had it," she says. Watch video of her diagnosis below!
In fact, an estimated 7.5 million Americans suffer from it. But in Kardashian's world of nearly nude photo shoots and barely-there fashions, this news is devastating. "Imagine what the tabloids would do to me if they saw all these spots," she worries.
Even worse, the incurable condition -- which is characterized by red, irritated skin and flaky, silver-white "scales" -- is brought on by lifestyle factors like lots of stress and travel. It doesn't help when the doctor suggests that Kardashian -- a reality star, model, actress and fragrance entrepreneur -- lead "an easier, slower-paced life."
"It's just not possible," she replies.
It's hard to feel sorry for the still-stunning Kardashian, especially knowing that millions of people suffer from much more serious ailments. But the scene does offer some insight into the challenges of building your persona on physical beauty. "People don't understand the pressure on me to look perfect," she says.
So often we describe beautiful celebrities as "perfect." With expensive plastic surgery, personal trainers, tanning, makeup and the rest, they often do achieve a kind of perfection for a time. But, of course, it's never completely sustainable. And that fact must be in the back of Kardashian's mind all the time. What a burden!
Her dermatologist will probably get her psoriasis under control, and she'll be back in bikinis in no time. But at some point in the future, she will gain weight or get a wrinkle or develop some other physical flaw. And the very thought of it probably terrifies her.
We women like to say we wish we looked like Kim Kardashian. But seen from this viewpoint, maybe "perfection" isn't worth the stress!