Why Is Kim Kardashian Hiding From Us? 4 Theories

Yes, she stepped out twice last week, but the reality star is keeping an uncharacteristically low profile

We know what you're thinking: Kim Kardashian is not hiding. She's been out in public twice this week with boyfriend Kanye West and baby North. She's even back on Instagram, tweeting a picture of herself next to Instagram creator Kevin Systrom. (How meta!) So no, Kim Kardashian is not holed up in a bunker somewhere with a tinfoil hat to fend off GPS signals.

Even so: Consider who we're talking about here. Kim Kardashian is a woman who has, quite possibly, never had a private moment in her life. Under normal circumstances, she sends out a never-ending stream of tweets while flaunting her outfits for the paparazzi and promoting her reality show. So yes, relative to Kim Kardashian's normal life, she is basically in hiding.

We understand that Kim is keeping baby North away from the media for now. But where are the Instagram photos of tiny socks? Where are the tweets about how cute Kanye is when he's changing diapers? Here are four different theories about why Kim is staying out of sight -- for now.

Theory No. 1: Kim is hiding until she's skinny again. If this week's tabloids are to be believed, Kim is laying low because she's obsessively trying to lose her baby weight. Maybe it's because Kim wants to maintain her flawless facade. Maybe it's because her sister Kourtney set the bar extremely high with those silly post-baby bikini photos. Or maybe, after months of cruel jokes and headlines about her pregnancy weight gain, she just doesn't want to give the critics any more fodder.

Theory No. 2: Kim is raising her stock value. She's extremely savvy about public image, and by going away, she's getting more attention than if she was in our faces. And those first baby pictures are only going to go up in value...

Theory No. 3: Kim is throwing her mother a bone. Is Kim saving her big reveals -- either the first look at her body, the first look at her baby, or both -- for Kris Jenner's talk show? Either would be a huge coup for Kris, even considering the fact that she's Kim's mother.

Theory No. 4: Kim is raising a freaking baby. She's a new mom! She's trying to find time to shower, let alone tweet! Let's give her a break, shall we?

Donna Kaufman is a freelance writer and iVillage contributor. Find her on Twitter and Google+

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