On Monday, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit revealed that the billionaire Kardashian was one of the magazine's 2022 cover models. MJ Day, Editor-In-Chief of the magazine, stands by her decision:
"There's so many points in her life where she could have just crawled under a rock and let the world pass her by and just live a comfortable life. But she continues to evolve herself and push on and prove everybody wrong who doesn't want to allow her that permission to be more and do more, and inevitably, she's doing more for all of us by doing that in ways. I applaud that with every ounce of my fiber."
"She failed a bunch of times. She could have quit, but she didn't. And it was very public, her failure. When you're that famous, there's gonna be a lot of people that say a lot of things about you, but her persistence and her unwillingness to limit herself in all these other ways that doesn't necessarily get as much attention as like what she wears to the Met Gala, unfortunately. She just continues to do it, even in light of any type of negativity. I just really stand for that, like, I really applaud that."
What the actual fuck?!
How could the magazine have 3 great cover models in Ciara, Yumi Nu, and Maye Musk, and then add Kim Kardashian to the list?
Is Kim Kardashian a success? Yes (in society's eyes). However, her success stems from a lot of infamy.
Let's talk about Ciara, Maye, and Yumi, whose beginnings are humbler than Kim's:
None of these women achieved their fame from infamy. They achieved fame from having God-given talent, strong work ethic, and heart.
Kim Kardashian's fame began when she was Paris Hilton's assistant/stylist. Then, she did a sex tape with Ray J. Several years after that, she got KUWTK, which catapulted not just her career, but her family's career, to the top. The entire family earned their riches from being overly dramatic, going to any lengths necessary in order to achieve the perfect body, linking up with the hottest entertainers at that time, and talking lots of shit about each other.
If Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue wants to inspire women, they picked the wrong cover model in Kim Kardashian. As a woman, I don't feel inspired by Kim Kardashian. I feel sad. Sad that she stands by her success, and that she believes she is a positive role model for women.
Here's another reason why they missed the mark in picking Kardashian: Met Gala.
This year, Kim went on a CRASH DIET in order to fit into an authentic Marilyn Monroe dress. She lost 18 pounds in 3 weeks, which is incredibly unhealthy and dangerous. Yes, Kim seems okay after her diet, but that's because she is a billionaire and can afford a round-the-clock medical team. If the average person tried that diet, we'd end up in the hospital or in the ground.
By Sports Illustrated Swimsuit picking Kim Kardashian for their issue, they are telling the world that crash diets, eating disorders and such, are sexy and acceptable: "If you want to be a swimsuit cover model like Kim Kardashian, you need to lose 20lbs in 3 weeks...by any means necessary. No exceptions. Even if you die, if you want to be a model, you need to do this. We don't care."
Sports Illustrated Swimsuits magazine, here's what I think about your Kardashian-worship:
Kim Kardashian is not a role model. She is completely damaged. So are the people who applaud everything she says and does.
Do better, society.