“Hey, guys. I wanted to write a post elaborating on my tweets last night,” Kim began the impassioned post on her website (according to JustJared), referencing her Monday night series of tweets in which she ranted against her critics.
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 8, 2016
“In all seriousness, I never understand why people get so bothered by what other people choose to do with their lives,” she wrote. “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?”
Some critics, like actress Chloe Moretz, implied that Kim’s photo sent a potentially dangerous message to young fans: “I truly hope you realize how important setting goals are for young women, teaching them we have so much more to offer than just our bodies,” Moretz wrote.
Kim speculates that the criticism about her image roots back to her 2003 sex tape with ex Ray J, which leaked in 2007. It’s something that Kim says everyone needs to move on from — because she already has.
“It always seems to come back around to my sex tape,” her essay continued. “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,” she wrote. “I have.”
The 35-year-old reality star then switched gears, focusing less on defending herself and more on explaining why she — and every other woman — deserves to share her empowerment with the world.
“I am empowered by my body. I am empowered by my sexuality. I am empowered by feeling comfortable in my skin,” she wrote. “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.
I am empowered by my husband, who is so accepting and supportive and who has given me a newfound confidence in myself,” she continued. “He allows me to be me and loves me unconditionally.”
Kim went on to praise the strong female figures in her life, a fitting tribute on International Women’s Day.
“I feel so lucky to have grown up surrounded by strong, driven, independent women,” she wrote. “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.”
Finally, Kim ended her essay with a plea for fans to stop slut-shaming and to let her live.
“It’s 2016. The body-shaming and slut-shaming—it’s like, enough is enough,” she wrote. “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,” she continued. “#happyinternationalwomensday.”