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Mar 10, 2016
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These days, every post made by a Kardashian has a good chance of drawing both positive and negative feedback.

Case in point: The nude selfie uploaded by Kim Kardashian on Sunday, which sparked a somewhat heated exhange

Famous personalities like Bette Midler, Chloë Grace Moretz, Piers Morgan, and P!nk have expressed their disapproval of the post.

On the other hand, there were also celebrities who defended Mrs. West, like Amber Rose, Emily Ratajkowski, and Ariel Winter. Sharon Osbourne and Courtney Stodden even came up with their own "nudes" after drawing inspiration from Kim's kinky throwback photo.

The reality show star (Keeping Up With The Kardashians) and socialite then responded to her detractors with an unusual yet humorous series of tweets. She sounded as adept as her husband Kanye West is at doing so in fact, judging by these posts.

Her jabs were entertaining for a while. Then she got more serious, penning an elaborate and emotional essay published on her website KimKardashianWest.com to address the "body-shaming" and "slut-shaming" she's been put through since posting the controversial selfie.

Apparently, her post was her way of overcoming her dark past and expressing her empowerment.

The website requires you to register before you can read her piece, but thankfully, Elle.com has got us covered. Below is the full text of Kim's essay:

Hey, guys. I wanted to write a post elaborating on my tweets last night. In all seriousness, I never understand why people get so bothered by what other people choose to do with their lives.

I don't do drugs, I hardly drink, I've never committed a crime—and yet I'm a bad role model for being proud of my body?

It always seems to come back around to my sex tape. Yes, a sex tape that was made 13 years ago. 13 YEARS AGO. Literally that lonnng ago. And people still want to talk about it?!?!

I lived through the embarrassment and fear, and decided to say who cares, do better, move on. I shouldn't have to constantly be on the defense, listing off my accomplishments just to prove that I am more than something that happened 13 years ago.

Let's move on, already. I have.

I am empowered by my body. I am empowered by my sexuality. I am empowered by feeling comfortable in my skin. I am empowered by showing the world my flaws and not being afraid of what anyone is going to say about me. And I hope that through this platform I have been given, I can encourage the same empowerment for girls and women all over the world.

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I am empowered by my husband, who is so accepting and supportive and who has given me a newfound confidence in myself. He allows me to be me and loves me unconditionally.

I feel so lucky to have grown up surrounded by strong, driven, independent women. The life lessons I've learned from my sisters, my mother and my grandmother, I will pass along to my daughter. I want her to be proud of who she is. I want her to be comfortable in her body. I don't want her to grow up in a world where she is made to feel less-than for embracing everything it means to be a woman.

It's 2016. The body-shaming and slut-shaming—it's like, enough is enough. I will not live my life dictated by the issues you have with my sexuality. You be you and let me be me.

I am a mother. I am a wife, a sister, a daughter, an entrepreneur and I am allowed to be sexy.

#happyinternationalwomensday

 

What are your thoughts on her side of the story?

 

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