It can’t be easy being Kim Kardashian. First, there’s her mom. Then there’s the whole world scrutinizing her pregnant body daily—and using it as an opportunity to engage in more blatant body snarking and policing than I’ve seen in a while.
Despite the fact that Kim is in the early stages of her pregnancy and barely showing, reporters seems to be taking great joy in carefully choosing words that portray Kim’s weight gain as a freight train that’s just this side of totally out of control.
It’s never that she recently “wore” a black dress, but rather that she “squeezed into a black mini dress that clings to every curve.”
And when she recently chose a pencil skirt with a zip up the back, the accompanying copy called it “the hardest working zip in show business!” Like we’re all supposed to laugh along as the article implies she’s too curvy to be contained? That she should be thinner? That the weight her pregnant body is naturally gaining is somehow wrong and bad? Oh. Ha ha ha.
And when did tabloids fall so low that they started running headlines like, “Growing Curves: Kim’s Cleavage is also said to have grown by four cup sizes since she fell pregnant.” That’s right! She’s no longer a 36D but now a 36GG and ordering custom bras.
Sure, salacious sells. But estimating the exact size increase of a celeb’s breasts (who hasn’t recently undergone plastic surgery)? I can’t actually call up any similar past examples of this.
Not to mention that Kim’s body—her hourglass, not-stick-thin shape—is one of the main reasons the press took a liking to Kim from the time she appeared on the public’s radar. And now they’re ridiculing her for it… cause that makes sense.
Now compare Kim’s press coverage to that of currently pregnant Penelope Cruz. As she bares it all in a string bikini, she’s being called a “bombshell actress” who is “glamorous” and “comfortable and confident.” In fact, “Her pregnancy glow [is] all the make-up she need[s]!“.
Similarly, actress Kristen Bell, who is due to give birth in the next few weeks, apparently “look[s] lovely” and is in “full pregnancy glow”.
Not surprisingly, the skewed coverage is reportedly driving Kim toward radical work outs, which are putting herself and her baby in danger.
As one tabloid’s “inside source” put it: “Kim is desperate to stop gaining so much weight, but she can’t seem to get it under control. She cries every other day, and she’s scared to see how big she’ll get… She’s called her sisters, crying, because she thinks her butt looks like ‘a big hunk of cheese.'”
You know what would be really radical? All of us laying off the judgments and voyeurism (“Oooh, she’s gigantic! At least I didn’t get that big!”) so that the woman can spend her energy on important things—like coming up with a totally cuckoo celebrity baby name.
Audrey D. Brashich is the author of All Made Up: A Girl’s Guide to Seeing Through Celebrity Hype and Celebrating Real Beauty