If there is anyone who can relate to Britney Spear’s intense media scrutiny, then it’s Kim Kardashian.
After watching the documentary Framing Britney Spears, Kim took her Instagram followers back to a time when the media set out on a campaign to shame her too.
“I finally watched the Britney Spears documentary this week and it made me feel a lot of empathy for her. The way the media played a big role in her life the way it did can be very traumatizing and it can really break even the strongest person,” Kim wrote on her Instagram stories.
“No matter how public someone’s life may seem, no one deserves to be treated with such cruelty or judgement for entertainment.”
And most of it took place while she was pregnant with her first child, North West. Tabloids took aim at the then first-time mom’s weight gain.
“When I was pregnant with North I was suffering from preeclampsia, which made me swell uncontrollably,” Kim wrote. “I gained over 60 lbs and delivered almost 6 weeks early and I cried almost every single day over what was happening to my body mainly from the pressures of being compared to what society considered a healthy pregnant person should look like.”
“I was shamed on a weekly basis with cover stories that made my insecurities so painful.”—- Kim Kardasian
She shared a bunch of the covers, with headlines like … “Dumped at 200 Lbs,” “I’ll Never Be Sexy Again,” “I Can’t Stop Eating,” “Paid To Get Fat,” “Don’t Call Me Fat,” “I’ll Eat As Much As I Want,” “Alone & Binge Eating,” “Yes, I’m Fat,” “Kim’s Body Struggle,” “You Call This Fat” and “My Butt Won’t Stop Growing.”
“Looking at all of the photos of myself online and in magazines made me feel so insecure, and I had this fear of wondering if I would ever get back my pre-baby body. I was shamed on a weekly basis with cover stories that made my insecurities so painful. It really broke me,” she continued.
Luckily for her, Kim said she was able to bounce back and used the media’s criticism as motivation.