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Kardashians fall prey to Hollywood’s narrow standards of beauty

Date: June 24, 2010 | Posted By:

The Kardashian sisters peddle QuickTrim diet supplements despite "loving" their curves.

When the reality show “Keeping up with the Kardashians” debuted in 2007, I remember being very happy to see that Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian represented a curvier body type.

Thanks to the Kardashian sisters, young women could finally be proud of having hips, breasts, and a butt.

Unfortunately, Khloe Kardashian has been plagued by pregnancy rumors in the media lately, due to a slight weight gain.

Always blunt, Khloe “defended” her weight gain by admitting to US Weekly, “I’m not pregnant, I’m just fat.”

Though the Kardashians have always claimed to love and embrace their curves, they are now endorsing a weight loss supplement called QuickTrim. It seems as though the Kardashians have fallen prey to Hollywood’s narrow standards of beauty.

I think the Kardashians’ endorsement of QuickTrim sends a confusing message to young women. While the Kardashians claim to represent a curvier body type, by endorsing a diet supplement, they are just buying into Hollywood’s standards of thin.

Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian strut their stuff.

Maddy Bohannon hales from Menlo Park, California. She is senior at the University of San Francisco and will graduate with a B.A. in Communication Studies and a minor in Psychology. She is a self-professed human pop culture trivia dictionary (she’ll be happy to be your celebrity trivia lifeline on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire”). In her free time, Maddy can be found flipping through the pages of celebrity tabloids and or enjoying all of what the wonderful city of San Francisco has to offer (AKA, the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market, Golden Gate Park, and Bi-Rite Creamery).




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8 Responses to Kardashians fall prey to Hollywood’s narrow standards of beauty

  1. KM on 06-24-2010

    Thanks for your contribution, the Kardashian's mixed messages came up in a recent media group I did with girls struggling with eating diorders.
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  3. april on 06-24-2010

    i am wondering when it became appropriate for young girls to look up to someone who became famous because of a sex tape. i think that that kind of sexploitation should have negated any kind of idol status, "curvy" or not. in my opinion the message has been clear from the beginning of her career and that message is that her body belongs to the public, and there is nothing about it that is sacred. it is not too far off from her past to promote a diet drug.
  4. Allie on 06-25-2010

    Awesome article! And I like Bi-Rite Creamery too. :)
  5. Stella on 06-25-2010

    I kind of agree, I see where you're coming from, but they haven't fallen for the Hollywood standard of thin. They've slimmed down, but they have NOT gotten thin, they are still shapely ladies that look like they stayed in a healthy weight range after their weight loss. I don't see how they aren't loving their curves anymore by wanting to be fitter/trimmer, they kept their curves, just toned them up too. I don't think they needed to, but it is their bodies, and as long as they don't get too low of a weight for their frames, why shouldn't they want to be fit/trim along with being curvy? I read an article in one of the women's fitness mags that featured Kim K., and she actually seemed happier after starting an exercise regimen, and is trying to stay fit and strong, not necessarily to get thin and get rid of her curves.
  6. Jamey Stamos on 06-28-2010

    I too think it's sad that they sold out. They had beautiful bodies before!
  7. MM on 07-02-2010

    How the hell were they ever good role models? Skinny or curvy, it's obvious that they've all had a fair bit of plastic surgery (and admitted to it). Besides, they continually present themselves as shallow, vapid, and self-obsessed. A good role model should someone with real accomplishment, ethics, or dignity, at any size.
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