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Khloe Kardashian's Joke That Her Vagina 'Smells Like Roses' Sends a Dangerous Message (VIDEO)

by Maressa Brown on February 5, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Khloe kardashian huffpo liveKhloe Kardashian is one multitasking reality star. In addition to lending her name to beauty products, PETA, clothing, accessories, etc., Khloe's also partnering with Kotex’s Generation Know campaign to educate girls about their bodies. She even went on HuffPo Live recently to talk about some rather personal, lady matters, like periods and personal odor. Yep, fun! And really, it seemed like she was having fun ... Until Amber Madison, the Generation Know Project Leader, posed a Q that seemed to catch Khloe off-guard.

She said most women want to know more about what's "bad" and "normal" when it comes to, well, how our vaginas smell. Khloe's response: "Is your vagina supposed to smell? Because mine smells like roses." Uh, pardon moi?!

Okay, hopefully, she was just being sarcastic, but that response was still rather irresponsible on her part. Because I'm afraid there are viewers out there -- girls and women alike -- who won't get it, and like it or not, we've got a major problem with this topic.

My friend and OB/GYN-turned integrative medicine physician Lissa Rankin, M.D. used to say she felt like she'd never cease to hear one particular Q: "How should I smell ... down there?"

The answer is that there's no one perfect, best, healthy way. Everyone's different, and the scent can change based on a whole variety of factors -- time of month, what you've eaten, whether you just worked out or took a shower (duh, right?). And if you have an infection, you'll know there's something "off."

Nonetheless, we're ALL targeted by fear-mongering messages hell-bent on getting us to freak out about how our vaginas smell and, in turn, buy products that promise to make our lady parts "fresh." As Eve Ensler, author of the Vagina Monologues, once said:

Don’t believe him when he tells you it smells like rose petals when it’s supposed to smell like pussy. That’s what they’re doing -- trying to clean it up, make it smell like bathroom spray or a garden.

It's absurd. And not only are those products -- whether they're douches or wipes or sprays -- based on a pack of lies, but they're not healthy for anyone! They can even throw off pH and lead to infection. Which is never a good look, amirite?!

Hence why it is so darn frustrating and annoying that Khloe thought it wise to even JOKE about her vajayjay smelling like roses. She would have done Generation Know and the rest of us a bigger favor by telling it like it is!

Here's the clip of Khloe's eye roll-worthy reaction ...

Khloe Kardashian: 'My Vagina Smells Like Roses'


What do you think of Khloe's remark? How do you feel about products that would have women believe "roses" is an acceptable scent for our genitalia?


Image via HuffPo Live

Filed Under: general health, obgyn


  • Cass
    -- Nonmember comment from


    February 5, 2013 at 4:32 PM
    And the award for biggest overreaction to a joke goes to...
  • quinn007


    February 5, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    Wait...what?  Did I really just read an article explaining to me that vagina's don't really smell like roses, that Khloe is somehow contributing to the dangerous deadly myth that vaginas should smell like roses, and that I'm ok and your ok?  Did I wonder onto the Your Body, Yourself website?

  • A
    -- Nonmember comment from


    February 5, 2013 at 4:51 PM
    If someone asked you what your vagina smelled like wouldn't you say 'roses' or 'peaches'. Because unless it was your doctor or daughter any other answer would be really really weird.
  • Wheep...


    February 5, 2013 at 4:58 PM
    While I get that she was joking, who is the age group that pays most attention to these kardashian women? I'd bet it were teenage girls. There is no reason to make them think that there is something wrong with them because their vagina smells like a vagina.
  • curly...


    February 5, 2013 at 5:04 PM
    If its clean it doesn't smell.
  • doodledo


    February 5, 2013 at 5:41 PM
    If it's clean there certainly is a smell. It smells like VAGINA. And that is perfectly acceptable and normal. I hate that media and companies and even women themselves (see above) make these false assertions that vaginas should be odorless or even worse that they should smell flowery. And to any man that says vaginas stink, then perhaps they would prefer penis stink instead.
  • Miche...


    February 5, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    If kids had more in depth sexual education a Kardashian making a joke about the scent of her vagina wouldn't be a big deal.  It's about educating kids on natural things and processes of their bodies, not just intercourse.

  • imamo...


    February 5, 2013 at 6:52 PM
    Lol. This has got to be the most overly dramatic and hilarious post the Stir has put out to date. Really we, as women-who all own a vagina, will not get that it does not smell like roses? How gullible and stupid do you take your own gender for? IMO, someone who writes and addresses this has bigger IQ issues than someone who assumes their genitalia should smell like roses.
  • blunt...


    February 5, 2013 at 7:09 PM
    Lana del Rey in a song says that her pussy tastes like Pepsi cola, we are all aware that is untrue. I'm sure we all know our vaginas don't smell like roses, she was just making a joke.
  • curly...


    February 6, 2013 at 12:30 AM
    When mines clean it usually smells like soap sorry. Probably khloes does too rose scented!
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