Gemma Atkinson defends Khloe Kardashian on body image
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Actress Gemma Atkinson, 36, has used her online platform to defend Khloé Kardashian after an unauthorised bikini picture was accidentally posted on social media before going viral. Khloé has since broken her silence on the picture, following social media fury.
Why is everybody hounding one person for editing her pictures?
Keeping Up With The Kardashians star Khloé, 36, recently spoke out after the picture that was taken by her grandmother, MJ, was shared by an assistant.
The Good American businesswoman has since filed legal documents to have the image removed from the internet, despite saying it is “beautiful”.
Defending the daughter of Kris Jenner and Robert Kardashian Snr, former Strictly Come Dancing star Gemma shared a string of video messages to her 1.6 million Instagram followers.
She said: “I’ve just been looking on the internet for some show prep because I’m doing the radio [Hits Radio UK] later on my own and all that’s in it, is people s****ing off Khloé [Kardashian], because she’s in a bikini with a bit of cellulite on a picture that she’s had taken off the internet.
“What the hell?”
The Bury born star went on to say: “Show me a woman who hasn’t got cellulite? And show me a woman who goes on a night out with the girls and at least one or two of you will say ‘take that again I don’t like it, ‘Don’t post that one, I don’t like it’, ‘Don’t tag me on that one’.”
Gemma continued: “Everyone does it, it’s normal – so why is everybody hounding one person for editing her pictures?
“Everyone knows that’s what happens, it’s not a shock – crikey, stop s****ing off people, just be nice.”
The actress, who appeared on the hit ITV soap Emmerdale, went on to share messages to her followers, encouraging them to “not buy into social media”.
“It’s up to the individual what they post on their page, if it doesn’t interest you, we can unfollow people if we like,” she wrote.
A second post read: “I guess it’s up to us as parents to constantly remind our children that social media isn’t real.
“Rather than attack those people that edit their pics (because it won’t stop them) we can teach our kids not to believe it, but to believe in themselves more.”
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Khloé recently addressed the picture that showed her looking bare-faced as she posed poolside, with her phone in her hand.
Following social media backlash suggesting that she looks “unrecognisable,” the mother-of-one took to her own Instagram page to share her thoughts.
“When someone takes a photo of you that isn’t flattering in bad lighting or doesn’t capture your body the way it is after working so hard to get it to this point … you should have every right to ask for it to not be shared – regardless of who you are,” she wrote to her 136 million Instagram followers.
She added that the “constant ridicule and judgement” she faces on a regular basis has become “too much” noting that some social media users say that she is the “fat sister” as well as “the ugly sister” of the Kardashian-Jenner family.
Gemma has been vocal about addressing body positivity while noting that the human body is “incredible”.
Speaking about body empowerment and fitness, Gemma said in a social media video: “Don’t be down on yourself, take your time. Don’t put pressure on yourself, do it in your own time and you’ll get there.”
Posing in her workout clothing for a series of videos, she went on to write: “Take your time ladies and do what feels right for you.”
Gemma’s followers are often given an insight into her training regime, as the star “loves” the feeling she receives from working out.
She said: “Knowing that in picking good food and movement is all beneficial to my health.
“My dad passed away at 52 from heart disease so it kinda clicked that I need to be mentally and physically as healthy as can be, plus I love the feeling exercise gives me which helps.”
The actress wakes up during the early hours of the morning to train while her daughter Mia, who she shares with fiance Gorka Marquez, is asleep
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