Kim Kardashian is known for her love of risque selfies and, of course, THAT nude Paper Magazine cover of hers so, to say that we were a little surprised to learn that she was set to give a talk on the very serious and age-old issue of the objectification of women in the media is an understatement.
However, during her Q&A session during today's event, it became apparent that as long as she has a say on what she puts out there, she doesn't mind how the press and paps interpret her.
Considering the talk was centred around objectification, she kept her opinions on the matter extremely minimal and arguably, a little bit vague. When asked about how she felt about the sexist attitude held my many media outlets, she was the first to admit that that women are 'absolutely' objectified by the media. However, she doesn't seem to think the often NSFW images of herself which she puts out in the public domain for all to see are throwing light on the issue. In fact, she claims her selfies are empowering because they allow her to convey her own self-image and portray the 'brand' that she has created for herself. Which, in it's own way, makes sense.
'I’ve taken them. I've chosen to put them out there. I like them. I'm proud of them. I think there’s power in that,' she said. 'Even if it’s objectifying myself, I’m okay with that.'
It didn't take long for the conversation to turn to the inevitable subject of feminism, to which the 34-year-old Keeping Up With The Kardashians star said she doesn't 'label' herself as one. A quote which definitely raised a few eyebrows in the room.
Speaking about feminism, Kimmy said: 'I guess people call me a feminist, but I don’t like to put labels. I do what makes me feel comfortable. I never think what I say is the right thing, but I believe you should do what makes you feel comfortable.' If it's possible to be a feminist without even realising it, we reckon that's the category Kim falls into.
To say that Kim Kardashian isn't a feminist would be a severely incorrect observation to make. For one, she does whatever the hell she wants regardless of what people think of her and she's paved her own career which has earned her millions. Sure, there's no denying that she's used her body as a financial tool but that doesn't make her an anti-feminist. If anything, it can be argued that she's used her assets to the detriment of sexism and has managed to market herself in a way to make herself more successful. If that ain't canny, we don't know what is...
Regardless of your personal feelings towards Kim Kardashian, you've got to admit that she seems to have a lot figured out, including how to manipulate the media. The power is definitely in her hands there...