Kim responds to Met Gala controversy

Kim Kardashian has responded to criticism over the rapid weight loss she underwent in order to fit into Marilyn Monroe’s iconic dress at this year’s Met Gala.

Kim Kardashian has responded to criticism over the rapid weight loss she underwent in order to fit into Marilyn Monroe’s iconic Jean Louis gown at this year’s Met Gala.

When the reality TV star and mogul got on the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art red carpet on the first Monday in May, wearing the famous glittering number, the move has been called “iconic” and a “milestone in Met Gala history.”

That was until she revealed, in a sequel vogue profile, how the look came together and the extreme lengths she had gone to pull it off.

“I tried it and it didn’t suit me. And so I looked at it, and I said, ‘Give me three weeks,'” Kardashian Toldvogue night correspondent LaLa Anthony.

“I had to lose 16 pounds (7 kg) to be able to adapt to that, but it was such a challenge. I was determined to adapt.

The 41-year-old’s confession sparked widespread concern and criticism on social media, calling her “appalling”, “disgusting”, “irresponsible” and “unbalanced”, and pointing to her “insistence that that such drastic weight loss is an achievable goal.”

But in an interview with The New York Times this week to promote her re-released skincare line, SKKN BY KIM, the mother-of-four defended her “extreme” behavior, instead comparing it to the dramatic physical transformations actors often undergo for movie roles.

“For me it was like, ‘OK, Christian Bale can do it for a movie role and that’s okay.’ Even Renée Zellweger gained weight for a role,” Kardashian said.

“It’s all the same to me. I wasn’t saying, ‘Hey everyone, why aren’t you going to lose that weight in no time?’ »

In Kardashian’s mind, she says, it was about commitment — like that of a boxer who needs to gain weight for a fight.

“I haven’t done anything unhealthy,” she said.

(It looks like the day the reality star didn’t quite fit into the dress, with a Met Gala video showing off the dress’ overskirt didn’t make out on her famous behind. Kardashian chose to drape her fashionable jacket over the opening in the back of the garment.)

When asked what she would have done if she hadn’t been able to squeeze into Monroe’s dress – which hadn’t been worn since the icon’s ‘Happy Birthday JFK’ serenade 60 years ago years old and couldn’t be changed – Kardashian replied that she “just couldn’t have left”.

“Which wouldn’t have mattered, she said, ‘It was just important to me to achieve that goal.’

At the time, Butterfly Foundation communications director Alex Cowen told news.com.au: “Celebrities like Kim are just as much victims of diet culture and media influence as we are.

“The main difference is that when they engage in this type of risky weight loss behavior, there is a positive financial and reputational gain for them,” she explained.

“For the average person who engages in this type of behavior, there’s often a lot more at play, like body image issues or, in some cases, an eating disorder.”

Kardashian – whose body has long been considered her “brand” – has a habit of promoting highly problematic weight loss methods, from diet teas to waist training corsets.

But as “one of the most famous celebrities of this generation”, she “has a responsibility to be mindful of how she talks about her body, her food, her diet and her exercise, knowing that she has an almost unprecedented influence in the mainstream media”. Ms. Cowen said.

“The language Kim uses strongly equates weight loss with feelings of joy and happiness and negatively reinforces feelings of worthlessness when an item of clothing doesn’t fit,” she said.

“Kim’s choice of words strongly undermines the work of the body positivity and acceptance movements that have constantly reminded us that there is nothing wrong with going up a size if something is wrong and we don’t shouldn’t have to change our body to fit into an article of clothing.”

For the star’s “predominantly young and female” audience, “attuned to Kim’s every move,” “exposure to this type of language could easily contribute to the development of negative feelings, attitudes, and behaviors through body image, food and eating”. ”.

“So while Kim garnishes headlines and praise, we must also recognize that this language carries a harmful message that could have a significant impact on others,” Ms Cowen said.

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