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Here's Why Kim Kardashian Shouldn't Be Criticised For Her Naked Selfie

"Stop shaming girls who are confident within themselves."

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ICYMI, yesterday Kim Kardashian shared a naked selfie, and it's safe to say that people lost their shit.

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And it seems that amid the criticism around the photo, there are a lot of people on Kim's side.

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Many people are suggesting that nobody would care half as much if it had been a man who'd posted the selfie.

If I was Kim Kardashian n had a body like that, I'd be posting nudes every morning. A man would b praised 4 that. Ppl it's only a human body

Let me put it this way: if Kim Kardashian were a man, everyone would have brushed the nude pic (CENSORED, may I add) aside.

If @KimKardashian was a man no one would still be talking. And furthermore.. if my body looked like hers i'd hella show it off too. Shut up.

And others are saying that when male celebrities get naked – whether in selfies or in movies – no one bats an eyelid.

Well, @KimKardashian posts a naked pic, the world judges, but if @justinbieber or a man does its cool, ironic its #WomensDay 🙄

And that there's a disconnect in the way we view and react to male and female celebrities.

feminist icon thinks it's okay men don't wear clothes but if a woman doesn't she is being a terrible influence

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Anybody who tries to say how a woman chooses to display their OWN body is wrong, is severely misinformed and misguided.

If a guy posts a shirtless picture, people say how "steamy" and "hot" it is. But if a woman chooses to do that, it's setting a bad example?

Another criticism is that Kim shouldn't be posting nude selfies because she's a mother.

@KimKardashian I hope your children don't mind hearing about how everyone has seen their mother naked when they're older

But plenty of people think her role as a mother has nothing to do with her decision to share these images.

"But Kim has kids" no one mentioned Ben Affleck or Ryan Reynolds's kids when they were naked in their recent movies

Mainly on the basis that she can do what she wants with her body.

Shut up judging Kim K. Why does it matter that she's a mum? Mother + sexually active/confident are not mutually exclusive.

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Others don't think that's true.

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Aside from Kimoji shutting down the AppStore and earning $1 million in a minute, she's also grossed $200 million in annual revenue from her game, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. And let's not forget executive producer credits on KUWTK, which is now in its 12th season, making her arguably the most successful reality star of all time.

And, after Kim completed her rant against other celebrities, she shared another nude photo alongside the caption: "#liberated"

And the fact she's confident with her body and feels liberated by sharing these images is another reason people are defending her posting them.

if being nude allows @KimKardashian to feel body confident and liberated let her be. Stop shaming girls who are confident within themselves.

It's also something Kim herself has spoken about in the past, explaining that she shares these kinds of selfies as an expression of confidence.

Speaking to Rolling Stone last year, Kim revealed: "I do shoots that are nude, and I don't want to say every girl, but all my girlfriends send me these sexy selfies of themselves, just being like, 'Oh, my God, I've been working out for two weeks — look at how good of shape I'm in.' Girls send them to each other. I don't want to say it's normal, but it's just what I've been used to. . . And I think it's part of the whole selfie phenomenon."

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And went on to reveal that the male gaze doesn't factor in her decision to post nude selfies.

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When she was asked whether it was for the benefit of men, she said: "I guess not. You wouldn't send the picture if you didn't like it."

And, finally, let's face it: Kim has done a lot of nude shoots over the past year, but the reason probably has something to do with them being on her terms.

Good on @KimKardashian for getting naked on her terms! This is how we should see naked photos! Not stolen from icloud/phones!

Especially after this incident back in 2011, where a magazine betrayed her trust.

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Kim had agreed to pose for a shoot in which her body was covered in silver paint. She was told that artwork would be overlaid digitally on top of her body so there wouldn't be any nudity.

However, when the final proofs came back there was no artwork overlay, meaning that she appeared totally naked in the magazine. Kim was filmed hysterically crying down the phone to Kris Jenner. She said: "This is just absurd, there's no artwork in this whole thing. You can see nipples, you can see my ass crack... I thought I was going to be covered in artwork and what I'm looking at is complete nudity...I'm so fucking mad you have no idea. To have come so far to go back to that just upsets me. I don't want people to be like, 'All she's good for is being naked.' I'm never taking my clothes off again."

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