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Khloé Kardashian has opened up trying to live up to ‘impossible’ body standards after an unedited photo of her recently began to circulate on social media.

The BBC reports that since the photo emerged online, Kardashian’s team said websites carrying the bikini photo were infringing copyright and that the photo had been posted ‘without permission by mistake by an assistant’.

According to Twitter, the photo in question is subject to a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) takedown notice. ‘Per our copyright policy, we respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorised representatives,’ a Twitter spokeswoman told the news outlet.

On Wednesday, the star took to Instagram to personally respond to the reports and discuss her struggles with body image and society’s expectations of her.

Sharing a series of videos and photos showing her body from various angles, the reality star wrote in the posts about her struggles with body image over the years and questions over her parentage.

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‘As someone who has struggled with body image her whole life, 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 – and then shares it to the world – you should have every right to ask for it not to be shared – regardless of who you are, [sic]’ wrote Kardashian.

The star continued, explaining that she has felt pressure over the years to live up to perceptions of her, quoting some of the unpleasant criticism she has received from critics.

‘Khloe the fat sister, Khloe is the ugly sister and her dad must not be her real dad because she looks so different,’ some of the quotes read, while another was quoted as ‘her dad must not be her real dad because she looks so different’.

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Khloe Kardashian Instagram

The Good American founder continued by acknowledging her privilege and clarified that she was ‘not asking for sympathy but [is] asking to be acknowledged for being human’.

She added: ‘I’m not going to lie. It’s almost unbearable trying to live up to the impossible standards that the public have all set for me.

‘You never quite get used to being judged and pulled apart and told how unattractive one is, but I will say, if you hear anything enough then you start to believe it. This is an example of how I have been conditioned to feel, that I am not beautiful enough just being me.

‘I love a good filter, good lighting and an edit here and there. The same way I throw on make-up, get my nails done or wear a pair of heels, to present myself to the world the way I want to be seen. It’s exactly what I will continue to do unapologetically.’

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Khloe Kardashian Instagram

Kardashian concluded her posts with a note to everyone who ‘feels the constant pressure of not feeling perfect enough’.

‘I want you to know I see you and I understand. Every day I am told by my family and friends who love me that I am beautiful but I know that it needs to be believed from within. We are all unique and perfect in our own way,’ she noted.

In recent years, the 36-year-old reality star – who gave birth to her daughter True Thompson in 2018 – has been honest about her struggles with body image.

In an interview with PEOPLE magazine in 2015, the star noted: ‘I knew I didn’t look like my sisters and I didn’t have those shapes, but I didn’t think that was wrong. I had parents who were incredibly loving and nurturing and always made me feel beautiful so I never really questioned that.

‘I don’t believe in numbers. I don’t believe in one size fits all. As long as I can lay my head down at night, that’s all that matters. It’s not about fitting someone else’s standards.’

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