Reality TV star Khloe Kardashian has finally learned to embrace and accept her body size and ignore the constant fat-shaming insults directed at her by tabloids and the public.
“I’m pretty tough,” Khloe told the June 2013 issue of Cosmopolitan UK. “I want to say I don’t care, but of course [weight comments] are going to sting. After my father died [in 2003], I gained a lot of weight, and then I was in the spotlight.
“I was quickly criticized for not being a cookie-cutter sister like Kourtney and Kim. I lost about 30 pounds before I did ‘Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami’ [in 2009]. I was feeling so good about myself and I was still so critiqued. And that’s when something clicked in my brain: I have to do whatever is good for me. I’m healthier now, but I don’t think I’m prettier thinner.”
The 5-foot-10 Khloe says the constant comparisons to her petite, thinner sisters growing up in Los Angeles damaged her self-esteem, but they also made her stronger.
“I’m confident in who I am,” says Kardashian, 28. “I’ve always known that I’m not Kim and I’m not Kourtney. I’ve always been OK with that. I probably thought I was prettier before I entered the spotlight because being compared to somebody else every day does sort of beat up your spirit and soul. But it’s made me stronger. I’ve gained another level of confidence.”
Khloe, who watches her diet and works out regularly, isn’t obsessed with her weight, but goes by how she looks. “I don’t care what size I am; I care about how I look,” she says. “If my jeans are tight and I have a little muffin top, I have to cut down on the carbs. I don’t expect to be a size two, nor do I want to be.”
Khloe, who has been called “Bigfoot,” “Sasquatch,” “fat tranvestite” and “ugly sister” in print and in person, is proud that she never gave in to bullying by becoming anorexic or resorting to extreme plastic surgery.
“It’s so easy to fall victim to public bullying,” says Kardashian. “I understand why so many people in this industry have eating disorders or want plastic surgery, and I’m proud I’ve done things the healthy way and haven’t felt bullied into having my face operated on. I’m not against it. When I’m older, you never know.”
Khloe has been happily married to NBA star Lamar Odom, 33, but has struggled to get pregnant since their 2009 wedding. While she wishes she didn’t have fertility problems, she’s in no rush to have a baby.
“I just wanted to be, ‘Hey, let’s have a baby,’ and we would just have one,” she says. “Kourtney did. And I wish that was the way for me. But it won’t be. I’ll have to take hormones. I do want to have a baby, but I don’t feel the urgency to have one this very moment.”