An unedited photo of the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star in a bikini made its way around the Internet over the weekend to the surprise of the famous family’s camp, who reportedly threatened legal action if replications of it weren’t removed.
“The color edited photo was taken of Khloe during a private family gathering and posted to social media without permission by mistake by an assistant,” Tracy Romulus, who serves as chief marketing officer of Kim Kardashian’s KKW Brands, told Page Six in a statement.
“Khloe looks beautiful but it is within the right of the copyright owner to not want an image not intended to be published taken down,” the statement continued.
Just a few weeks ago, the mother of one spoke out about how bullying comments and negative headlines about her appearance affect her confidence.
“I don’t want anyone to kiss my a–,” the reality star, 36, wrote on Instagram. “I’m not asking for that. But what I am asking for is for people to realize just what articles like this does to someone’s soul and confidence.”
Khloe’s comments came after a fan posted a TikTok video in her defense. The user responded to howseeing numerous headlines comparing the star’s looks over the years.
“I am so very grateful and appreciative of anyone who stands up to bullying or people writing story’s [sic] simply for clickbait,” the reality TV star continued. “Defending someone, Especially when we don’t know one another makes [my] heart happy. That’s the person I am. I like to defend what is right.”
“Thank you everyone for your sweet comments and thank you @mackincasey for being so kind,” added Kardashian.
The Good American co-founder also recently told People magazine she wanted to use her social media platform to spread positive messages. She currently has 136 million followers on Instagram alone.
“I think the world right now, we have too much negativity at our fingertips,” Kardashian told the outlet. “Just as much negativity, there is positivity, but we don’t highlight as much as we do the negative.”
As for the most recent bikini pic that seemingly went viral, Khloe has remained silent on the matter.
Instead, she’s been posting a number of adorable pictures of her and Tristan Thompson’s daughter True in anticipation of her third birthday next week.