Kim Kardashian West has a new photographer for her nude shots — her four-year-old daughter, North. But is it appropriate?
We’ve all seen Kim naked, it doesn’t seem like she cares, and good for her, but should she be asking her daughter to snap her topless for her “art” or whatever it is? If Kim doesn’t mind, why should anyone else?
Well, they do. And fellow mums are pissed she’s got her ta-ta’s out in front of a kid, even if there is the argument that body shaming is wrong and why not teach our daughters early that all bodies are beautiful.
In the shot that has everyone up in arms, Kim is clad in an open bra and black spandex and is holding her chest with her hands. North is taking the picture from behind and it’s reflected in a mirror. She captioned it, “photo by North.”
Many of Kim’s Instagram followers weren’t having it, with one mum saying it’s just plain bad mummying. “I wonder how many people would get social services called on them if this was anyone else but Kim K?? This is subpar parenting,” user Campzan wrote.
Another commented, “This is extremely perverted and extremely inappropriate.”
Yet another added, “Wow you just couldn’t let Kylie have all the attention.”
One user (not a doctor) diagnosed her with a disorder. “Histrionic personality disorder (HPD) is defined by the American Psychiatric Association as a personality disorder characterized by a pattern of excessive attention-seeking emotions, usually beginning in early adulthood, including inappropriately seductive behavior and an excessive need for approval.”
“Omg LMAO this lady got mad issues for this,” said one. Another simply wrote, “Classless.”
One asked why…”Why would u get ur young kid 2 take a pic of u while ur half undressed…. it’s just weird.”
But she did get support from some followers, with one woman writing, “I think this picture is adorable. As I kid I was around my mum all the time, didn’t matter if she was undressing or going to the bathroom. That’s just what kids do they want to be around their mummy all the time. I don’t get why everyone is acting like it’s so weird for a 4 year old to be around or take a picture of her mum when she’s changing. It’s a sweet mument between mother and daughter nothing weird about it.”
Another supporter said: “Let’s give her the benefit of the doubt and say this was a candid mument that may have been in better taste to keep private. She may have thought it [was] cute as that’s all North sees is her mother being photographed. Or she did this to keep y’all talking about her cuz whether it’s good or bad at least y’all are talking about her.”
“How is this bad?” one daughter asked. “My mum used to change in front of me all the time. It’s normal with mums and daughters, at least where I’m from. Maybe North was just playing with the camera when Kim was changing. It’s normal, y’all. Stop reaching.”
One study done on the effects of parental nudity and parental sexuality found there was no negative impact on adolescents who regularly saw their parents naked at ages three to six. In fact, the findings showed that “there is even the implication of possible positive benefits, particularly for boys, in domains such as self-reported comfort with physical affection and positive “body self-concept.”
Writer Rita Templeton says that being naked in front of her sons is actually teaching them a good lesson.
“Ours is not a modest household. I don’t lounge around in the buff, and I spend more time saying, ‘Put on some pants!’ than anything else. But I’ve never refrained from changing clothes in front of them, leaving the door open when I shower, or nursing my babies without a cover, because I want them to see what a real female body looks like.”
“If I don’t, and their first images of a naked woman are the impossibly perfect physiques in those magazines or those movies, what kind of expectations will they have as adults?’ she asks.
Romper writes that Dr. Lynn Fraley advises that allowing your kids to see you naked won’t harm them at all. In fact, it could even be good for them. “The few studies that have been done in this area have found that children who were exposed to parental nudity benefited from it,” Fraley, a therapist based in Spokane, WA, explained. “Increased self-esteem and comfort with physical love and affection are present in households where children weren’t sheltered from the human body.”
When college students who had been exposed to their parents, well, being exposed, were asked about it in adulthood, the study found “that although these students reported that their exposure had resulted in largely negative emotional responses at the time, the exposed group did not differ from the non-exposed group on self-report ratings of ‘current happiness’ or frequency of and satisfaction with current sexual relations. Moreover, these subjects recalled exposure primarily at prepubescent and pubertal ages.”
Which means that North likely won’t be permanently damaged by seeing her mum’s boobs, so everyone can calm down and get back to what they were doing: Talking about Kylie.