Kim Kardashian recreated that instantly iconic (and artfully censored) nude selfie with the help of Emily Ratajkowski on Wednesday, once again sending a firm message to detractors that empowerment will never be hindered by mindless shaming:
Emily shared the same photo just minutes later, adding additional commentary on the message behind the dual selfie in a series of tweets. "However sexual our bodies may be, we need to have the freedom as women to choose when and how we express our sexuality," Emily said. "We are more than just our bodies, but that doesn't mean we have to be shamed for them or our sexuality."
As one could sadly predict, the categorically dumb responses were relatively immediate:
What exactly is a "Piers Morgan" again? Will someone please tell him to never tweet again?
Piers Morgan, of course, sadly hasn't been the only one to publicly criticize Kim Kardashian (and many others) using an argument based in embarrassingly unenlightened double standards. Earlier this month, Kim was forced to tweet like Pablo after noticing some unfortunate commentary regarding the original (artfully censored) nude selfie.
"I am empowered by my body," Kim later wrote in an essay published to her app and website. "I am empowered by my sexuality. I am empowered by feeling comfortable in my skin. I am empowered by showing the world my flaws and not being afraid of what anyone is going to say about me." Adding that her platform is meant to "encourage the same empowerment" for women all across the world, Kim said she feels very fortunate to have grown up alongside strong and independent women.