Ever since Kim Kardashian got pregnant, it seems like everyone has an opinion about her weight gain. How fast she's gained, how much she's gained, how big she looks -- particularly in certain unflattering maternity wear, etc., etc. And the celeb weeklies have been the worst, absolutely SLAMMING her from the get-go. Even before there was much of a bump to speak of, they were running false coverlines about her having packed on massive pounds. And it's not just "regular" women like you and me who are looking at this and thinking how wrong it is that a pregnant woman is getting torn to shreds for gaining weight. A supermodel has something to say about it, too!
Helena Christensen writes in an open letter on HuffPo that it's "disgusting and despicable the way that certain media constantly harass the pregnant Kim Kardashian." Wow, of all people to jump to Kim's defense, I would have never pegged someone like Helena!
After all, as HuffPo notes, "Models often come off as the bad guys -- they're the ones with the seemingly unattainable bodies, after all, against which "real women" might compare their own." But that doesn't mean they aren't also human and conscious of how obsessed with beauty and weight we are in our culture and how women's body image and self-esteem often suffers as a result. Helena totally gets it. She writes:
It's enough that they persistently project a negative focus on women's physical shapes; but a public bullying and attacking of a pregnant woman because of her growing shape is just lower than low.
Damn straight! It's actually surprising but so refreshing to see just how FIRED UP Helena is! Especially because she is a supermodel -- who could feel very differently about what's happening to Kim right now. She could chalk it up to being "in the biz" or feel like she's above even commenting on a reality star. But she clearly sees what's going on as completely wrong and wanted to speak out on it. So awesome!
Hopefully, Kim knows that not just Helena, but many other women have her back and are disgusted by the drivel the tabloids are writing about her body. Not only do we refuse to buy it but we're not going to let it go without spewing some fightin' words of our own!
What do you think of Helena's response to the coverage about Kim?
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