35-year old pregnant reality star Kourtney Kardashian dared-to-bare in a nearly nude photo shoot for DuJour magazine released yesterday.
The photos feature Kardashian donning various outfits, including a long feather necklace and a silky robe.
“To me, nudity is not something to be ashamed of,” says Kourtney. “I’m not embarrassed of my body. I’m at my best when I’m pregnant. It’s such an amazing feeling, the transformation that your body goes through. There’s something about that that’s so empowering and beautiful and I just really embrace it.”
And embracing these photos we should. Just a quick glance at some of the comments being made on news sites however, tells me others aren’t so on board with the loud and proud pregnancy statement Kardashian is making:
“A mother shouldn’t be flaunting her body like that.”
“I already feel sorry for the baby and it’s not even born yet.”
“YAWN. Just another pregnant lady showing too much.”
We all have a right to our own opinion but many of the comments being broadcasted aren’t merely strong views– They’re nasty, pregnancy-shaming statements.
Pregnancy-shaming is an all too real issue that seems to be growing. “The pressure for women to weigh a certain amount and barely show during pregnancy has never been stronger,” Mary Jo Rapini, a psychotherapist says. “The majority of shaming is coming from the sexualization of pregnant women - judgment is cast on them when they are viewed as getting too big or dressing in a way that doesn’t match society’s very limited vision of a sexual pregnant woman. It is sick, but it is the culture.”
Celebrities are easy targets for criticism and when a female celebrity is pregnant, there is even more to scrutinize and criticize. However, Kourtney seems to be taking it all in stride.
“It’s what a woman’s body is made to do, so I hope it’s maybe seen as something that’s artistic,” Kourtney explains. “This was something that initially I did for myself just to capture the moment in my life, but these photos are beautiful and I’m happy to share them. And I like how raw they are. It’s my body: I’m not trying to impress anybody or be something that I’m not. But in general, I don’t really care that much about what people think. It doesn’t rule my world. I did this because I wanted to and it made me happy.”
Kourtney’s sister Kim was the subject of much scrutiny when she was pregnant herself and many other famous mothers have come under fire as well when pregnant.
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Fashion Police's Kelly Osbourne and George Kotsiopoulos on Elsa Pataky's pregnant belly at the 2014 Oscars: "It’s not the appropriate dress to wear if you are pregnant."
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Many of these statements made by entertainment outlets are just wrong and unfair and pregnancy shaming needs to stop. And while we may not all be fans of Kourtney Kardashian and company, in this instance, I can’t possibly find fault in a pregnant woman flaunting her beauty in a proud and assertive way.
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