Khloé Kardashian Just Revealed the Surprising Reason She Photoshops Herself

May 9th 2016

Laura Donovan

Khloé Kardashian is no stranger to social media criticism. The reality star, who has recently been in the news for her dieting tips and upcoming series "Revenge Body," just came forward about an Instagram photo that sparked controversy among "vicious" critics earlier this year.

In February, Kardashian came under fire for airbrushing a selfie she took showing off her abs. Commenters argued that the door behind her looked warped and believed that it meant she must have Photoshopped the image. She went on to repost the non-airbrushed version on Instagram.


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"If only hatin burned calories how dope yall would be," she wrote at the time. "Too bad it doesn't. Here's the OG shot. The petty movement ain't cute. Oh and I almost forgot.... Namaste"

Nearly three months later, Kardashian has provided context to this photo controversy in a new post on her website and app.

Kardashian admitted to Photoshopping herself in the original image — but not to appear skinnier. Kardashian wrote that she Photoshopped herself because she got into a bad car accident as a teenager that deteriorated the muscles in one of her legs. Kardashian claims that one is larger than the other as a result of the crash. Because of this, she chose to Photoshop both of her legs to appear the same size.

"My right leg is an inch and a half thinner than my left because my muscles deteriorated and never recovered," she wrote on her login-only website, according to People. "It's funny because everyone made a big stink about this Instagram photo below because I Photoshopped it. Yes, I did Photoshop it, but I was trying to make my thinner leg look bigger to match my other leg!!!" she said. "All I want are big, thick thighs and I hate how skinny my legs are."


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Though Kardashian has battled her fair share of trolls and body shamers in the past, many of her fans are praising her for being honest about the Photoshop job and are complimenting her body:



Kardashian is not alone in feeling self-conscious over body image issues. In general there's a backlash against too much Photoshopping of images — from both celebrities and real people — on social media platforms and in the media at large. Model Iskra Lawrence recently called out the way that people can manipulate their images on Instagram, and the body positive movement as a whole is celebrating women's bodies the way they are — flaws and all.

[H/T People]