Fans Applaud Khloe Kardashian for Showing Stretch Marks in Recent Instagram Photo

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From posing for racy photoshoots to allowing camera crews into their homes, the Kardashians are no strangers to baring it all. Perhaps the most candid of the clan is Khloé, who is well known for her down-to-earth, straight-shooting attitude. Still, the often-airbrushed star raised eyebrows when she posted an unedited photo of herself on Instagram that highlighted her stretch marks — something her famous sisters might be quick to cover. 

The 36-year-old reality star shared the photo that shows her torso, legs, and chest as she poses in a bathing suit on the beach. Instead of concealing her stretch marks, she kept them on display and even drew attention to them in the caption.

“I love my stripes,” she wrote.

The photo now has nearly 4 million likes and was met with praise from celebrities and fans. This is a stark difference for the star, whose page is often filled with negative commentary from users who have historically criticized her for retouching her photos. Instead, the raw photo received endless heart eyes and fire emojis.

“It’s the waist for me,” wrote her famous sister, Kim Kardashian.

Khloé‘s body has been under scrutiny since she and her family were thrust into the spotlight in 2007 with their E! reality series. Unlike her sisters Kourtney and Kim, who have petite statures, Khloé stands at 5’10” tall.

Critics of the star and her family often pointed out this fact, making hurtful comparisons and even questioning whether she was Kourtney and Kim’s “full” sibling. The body-shaming sparked her to make changes to her regimen, and she has become noticeably more fit over the years.

“If you’re trying to lose a significant amount of weight, diet and exercise go hand in hand,” Kardashian told E!. “Now that I’m in my weight vicinity goal … I’m around 150. It goes up a little. When it goes into the high 140s I’m like, ‘Woo! It’s the dream.'”

Khloé has chronicled her fitness journey both on the show and social media. She’s known to post strenuous workouts, proving she earned her toned body through hard work and dedication. The star lost over 60 pounds in 2018 after giving birth to her daughter, True, and said she felt inspired to join the body positivity movement — especially since she now has a little girl of her own. 

“I love that pop culture now has realistic body images for women to look up to, especially for kids,” she recently told Health. “I love women of all shapes and sizes. I love empowering women, and I’m obsessed with confident women.”

With the photo, Khloé joins a number of celebrities who’ve famously shared their stretch marks with the world. Supermodel Ashley Graham has repeatedly posted photos of her own, including just after giving birth last year. Singer Demi Lovato also shared a powerful post of her stretch marks being highlighted in glitter, stating she’s accepted her body after years of struggling with an eating disorder.

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