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One of the things Kim Kardashian is best known for is the impossibly high beauty standards she sets. So it came as both a shock and a breath of fresh air when Kardashian’s daughter North West “leaked” unedited, makeup-free photos of her mom on TikTok this weekend.
The mother-daughter duo share an account and Kardashian supposedly gives the green light for everything her daughter posts. So we’re surprised that the 10-year-old got away with posting those photos. What made Kardashian be suddenly OK with more than 614 million followers seeing the real her?
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The first shot came from a “photo dump,” on Friday, and the two seem to be on a Facetime call. Kardashian has wide eyes and is doing her signature pursed lips while North — who Kardashian shares with ex-husband Kanye “Ye” West — makes a silly face for the camera. The SKIMS founder doesn’t seem to have a drop of makeup on, and it’s a pretty refreshing sight to see.
“The things, my daughter makes on my phone ha ha 🤨,” Kardashian captioned the TikTok.
On Sunday, North posted another photo dump. This one included a selfie of Kardashian and her 6-year-old daughter Chicago West. In this one, Kardashian’s frown lines are clearly on display. The two shots prove that no one is always (or naturally) red carpet-ready and wrinkle-free.
“Such a good picture,” North wrote over the photo with three laughing emojis.
So we’re once again wondering: where did this vulnerability come from? Did these somehow slip through the cracks? And how does it feel for Kardashian, who grew up being endlessly scrutinized by the public, to be bare-faced and seemingly unfiltered in front of the world?
Perhaps she’s been reflecting on something her step-sister Kylie Jenner said in an episode of The Kardashians. “All of us just need to have a bigger conversation about the beauty standards that we’re setting,” she said. “I wish I never touched anything to begin with.” She then said she doesn’t want her daughter Stormi, 5, to enter the world of cosmetic and plastic procedures.
It was reminiscent of a conversation she had with Homme Girls in April 2023. “[Stormi is] perfect the way that she is,” she told Homme Girls. “I see my features in my daughter and my son now, but you know, my daughter looks like me. I get to see my beauty in her, and it’s made me love myself more for sure.”
Maybe that’s the case for Kardashian. Maybe she’s wanting to set a new standard for her kids — including sons Saint and Psalm West — where they know you don’t have to change anything about the way you look to be beautiful and loved. There’s nothing wrong with or embarrassing about showing yourself to the world without any edits. In fact, it’s pretty damn empowering!
If that is the case (and we hope it is), we tip our hats to the mom of four.
Before you go, check out Kim Kardashian’s best quotes about being a mom.
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