All the Times Khloe Kardashian Inspired Us to Be Body Positive
When She Showed Off Her Shape On Our May Cover
In case you haven't seen her on
's May cover, Khloe Kardashian is looking (and feeling) fierce and fit as ever. She dished about how it feels to have ditched 35 pounds, gained a tough attitude, and finally embraced her shape. "I love my shape because I've earned every curve. I work hard in the gym to get it. But I also loved my shape before, when I was even curvier. I was always incredibly comfortable in my skin. Everybody else saw me in a different way, but I didn't see myself that way. I still wore bodycon dresses back then; I didn't cover up with a muumuu. Today I put in the work to get the curves I have and every bit of firmness. I feel empowered and badass that I was able to accomplish everything I have."
When She Shut Down Haters
When haters cried "Photoshop!" at Khloe's
spread this summer, she took to Instagram to shut them down by posting an unretouched photo alongside the published one. Her caption showed that 1) she doesn't give the negative comments a second thought and 2) she's proud AF of her body (which she should be).
"This one is for all the troll haters out there that cannot seem to give me an ounce of credit for my daily workouts! The image on the left is an unretouched photo from the actual camera on the day of the shoot. The image on the right is the retouched photo. Yes skin is smooth and shadows are removed but I still think I look good on the left image. Flaws and all... hi hater!!! Click on it... I know you want to." (ICYMI: Would Calling Out Photoshopped Ads Make a Difference?)
When She Opened Up About Her Body Image Growing Up
When Khloe appeared on the cover of
in October 2015, she talked about growing up looking different than her sisters but loving her body all the same.
"I never considered myself fat. I knew I didn't look like my sisters and I didn't have those shapes, but I didn't think that was wrong. I had parents who were incredibly loving and nurturing and made me feel beautiful, so I never questioned that."
When She Released a Book About Being Strong
Khloe released her book
in late 2015. The overall message is about being strong—not necessarily physically (though that's in there too)—in your sense of self and your dedication to self-love and improvement. Can we get a "hell, yea!" to that?
"There is no such thing as perfect. Nobody attains perfection. But if you keep trying, you grow and evolve, and to me that's the point: to be a better person today than I was yesterday; to become the best possible version of myself."
When She Got *Real* About Her Transformation
At the beginning of 2015, Khloe posted an Instagram that showed just how far her body (and mind) had changed by adding fitness to her life. She wrote:
"Looking back at pictures of myself I didn't realize at the time how unhealthy my lifestyle actually was. People love to call me the fat one but as weird as it sounds I still don't think I would consider myself fat back then. Definitely overweight and unhealthy, yes. About two years ago I decided to turn to fitness as a form of therapy and as a stress reliever... My workouts are not all about vanity. They are about clarity for my mind and soul. We all have different journeys in life, make sure your journey is for you and you alone. Remember in the end the turtle won the race. Slow and steady. dedication and tenacity."
When She Shut Down IG Trolls—Again and Again
When Khloe first posted a version of this bathroom mirror selfie showing off her abs (which has since been deleted), Instagram trolls called her out for possible photoshopping. So she posted this pic, clearly unedited, with the caption:"If only hatin burned calories how dope yall would be. Too bad it doesn't. Here's the OG shot. The petty movement ain't cute. Oh and I almost forgot... Namaste." We'll consider those negative comments entirely irrelevant. (She's not the only celeb who's given body-shamers the middle finger.)
When She Stopped Comparing Herself to Her Sisters
In February 2012, Khloe talked with the Huffington Post about Lamar, life in Texas, and her changing body image: "Now that I'm older, for example, [Kim and I] may have the same jacket, but we could wear it two totally different ways. I became more confident. I had to say 'I'm 5 foot 10, she's 5 foot 2. I can't dress how she does.' Not to be vain, but I have nice long legs, so I like to accentuate them. Find what part of your body you love most — it can be your arms, your chest, your legs — and emphasize that."
This may have been before she became a celebrity fitness star, but KoKo clearly had the body-pos thing down pat early. (Pick your fave body part and flaunt it as part of our #LoveMyShape campaign.)
When She Admitted She Thinks She's a Hottie
In a 2012 interview with E! News, Khloe dismissed the idea of getting plastic surgery herself because, well, she appreciates her hot bod: "I'm proud of myself...I could break and go get all this plastic surgery and get my nose fixed and get lipo or do whatever, but I haven't chosen to do that because I know I'm a great person. I'm pretty damn hot, if you ask me." (Related: Let's Stop Judging Other Women's Bodies)
When She Talks About Loving Yourself First
But take note that she doesn't shame people who do choose to go under the knife; in her interview for Cosmopolitan UK's 2015 "Body" issue, she said, "I'm not against plastic surgery—if you want to do a tweak, I'm all for it, but you have to love yourself first because no surgery is going to change your heart." Preach, girl.