During the City of Hope charity poker event on Sunday night, Kim Kardashian’s weight and how “skinny” she is became a topic of discussion on the reality star’s Instagram Story. Kim, Khloé Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, and Malika Haqq discussed her weight loss, which the KKW Beauty founder welcomed with open arms. Fans are extremely upset with Kim’s weight comments, because they feel she, along with her sisters, made it seem like looking “anorexic” or “skinny” is something to strive for.
On Kim’s Instagram Story Kendall told her older sister, “No, like I’m really concerned. I don’t think you’re eating. You look so skinny.” Kim responded, “What? Oh my god, thank you!” Check it out
In a later video, Kendall said to her older sister, “My purse is as tiny as you.” Kim happily declared, “Oh my god, the compliments!”
She also posted videos of Khloé. In one, the Revenge Body host said, “I’ve never seen a human being look as good. You are a walking Facetune doll.” At one point, Haqq even joked that Kim is consuming “different flavors of oxygen” as part of her diet. “OK, tell me more, guys,” Kim said overjoyed. Right after that, she exclaimed, “You guys, I’m not that skinny!” Khloé responded, “Kimberly I can literally see through you!”
To that, Kim said, “I’m down to 119 pounds. I will say when I take out my hair extensions I am less.” 📹: Kim Status (Click to open)
Khloé then seemingly analyzed the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star’s body. “Your hair extensions, your ass, your tits, everything, they’re heavy, ’cause she’s f*cking voluptuous,” Khloé said. “But she’s anorexic here [makes a gesture suggesting Kim’s waist], her arms are like pin-thin, they’re like my pinky.”
Fans on Twitter highlighted why exactly these remarks are problematic. Below are some of the many examples on social media, pointing out that with Kim’s major fan following, these types of comments can send a harmful message.
Zoë 🐻: Someone just messaged me & said to check out Kim Kardashian’s insta stories, I did & can’t get over what I’ve seen. Kim K has clearly lost weight & her sisters are saying she looks anorexic to which Kim replied “thank you” THANK YOU!!!! Are you serious? 🤬 Absolutely gobsmacked!
Karol-Ann Antille: Kim Kardashian being obsessed with her sisters telling her she’s skinny and that she looks anorexic on her Instagram story makes me sad. It’s so harmful for young women to hear that message, they are supposed to be role model, not encouraging themselves to lose weight
Natalie Hollingworth: Listening to Kim Kardashian , Kendall Jenner and Khloe Kardashian use words like ‘anorexic’ and ‘skinny’ as a compliment makes me SO sad and disappointed. You have young children around you and millions of followers. Please don’t influence and encourage eating disorders!
mrs mcgillicuddy: I found this troubling. Mostly that Khloe thinks calling her Sister anorexic is a compliment. I love the kardashians. But this is so out of touch with reality, the times and is a terrible message for impressionable young women.
Overall, fans are just plain unhappy with how Kim and her sisters praised the reality star’s body. It’s absolutely fine to uplift others by celebrating their appearance. There’s also nothing wrong with loving your body at “119 pounds,” but to use words like “anorexic” as a compliment — and to accept it as one — sends the wrong message to anyone of any age about what anorexia really is and what a healthy body looks like.