Whether you love or hate the Kardashians, you can’t deny their impact on body positivity in Hollywood — especially for white people.
‘The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Kyle Richards opened on Tuesday’s episode as she reflected on how stars like Jennifer Lopez and the Kardashians have helped women — including herself and her four daughters — feel more comfortable with their bodies.
While the ladies were on their way home, Kyle, 50, reflected on negative things trolls say online — admitting that, despite their criticism, she feels more confident these days in her changing body.
“It has changed a bit with J.Lo and the Kardashians,” Kyle said. “Now if you’re fuller, it’s different. I’m like, ‘Okay, my butt looks big in this … yay!’ ”
And their popularity has helped rid Kyle and her daughters — Farrah, 30, Alexia, 22, Sophia, 19, and Portia, 11 — of any pressure to be thin.
“My daughters don’t feel that pressure of being thin like I did growing up because the body type has changed,” Kyle said. “It used to be Marilyn Monroe, that’s what was sexy. And then they got super skinny, like Kate Moss — and that’s unrealistic. My girls don’t feel that.”
Rinna, 55, also had feelings about the subject — having guided her daughters, Delilah Belle, 20, and Amelia Gray, 17, through some of those pitfalls.
“It’s not an easy time growing up,” she said. “Imagine being a teenager and having to deal with social media? We had a mirror to deal with, basically. Your image was in a mirror. You saw yourself and you judged yourself off of that, or your friends.”
“It’s hard out there. It is not easy,” she said. “The pressure’s a lot to be perfect. Have my girls had a rough time with it? Yes. All I’ve tried to do more than anything is to teach my girls self-love and how to love yourself. No matter what. No matter how you looked.”
*sigh* Black women have BEEN curvy, but as long as the ‘body positivity’ message is getting to young women of all shapes, sizes, and colors we won’t harp on it too much.