In the wake of Khloé Kardashian’s unedited photograph drama, OK! has learned that family members have all been banned from taking and posting pictures of the reality star without her permission.
"Khloé was devastated when the picture leaked online without her approval. It was taken during a private family gathering, and there is now a protocol in place to make sure this never happens again,” a source tells OK!. “Khloé knows who did this, and she is furious. She doesn’t think it was done on purpose to humiliate her, but let’s just say that it will never happen again.”
Khloé's appearance has been a hot topic for years, with fans always commenting on and questioning her ever-changing looks. However, fans and critics have recently been bombarding the mother-of-one after the seemingly unedited, unfiltered and "unauthorized" photo of her in a bikini went viral over Easter weekend.
As OK! previously reported, the photo, which was allegedly taken by Kris Jenner's mom, MJ Shannon, and accidentally posted to Instagram by an assistant, was immediately requested to be removed from Instagram over "copyright infringement."
The Kardashian team also reportedly reached out to Reddit users who were sharing the photo, allegedly threatening legal action against the platform users.
Khloé initially remained silent about the leaked photo, however, she finally addressed the bikini snap on Wednesday, April 7. The brunette beauty shared a video of herself to Instagram wearing nothing but a bikini bottom while holding her breasts and showing off her abs.
While noting that there was nothing wrong with the unedited photo of herself, Khloé candidly admitted that the constant pressure and judgement from the public has really made her cautious of what she posts online.
"The photo that was posted this week is beautiful. But 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 to not be shared — regardless of who you are,” she stated.
Khloé confessed that the constant hate and nasty commentary on her looks has really taken a toll on her life and self-esteem while growing up in the spotlight. "'Khloé is the fat sister.' 'Khloé is the ugly sister.' 'Her dad must not be her real dad because she looks so different.' 'The only way she could have lost that weight must have been from surgery,'" she added of the constant insults that are thrown at her daily.
And while she isn't asking for sympathy, the reality star requested her 136 million followers to at least acknowledge that she's a human being with flaws and imperfections.
"I am not perfect but I promise you that I try everyday to live my life as honestly as possible and with empathy and kindness," she continued. "It doesn't mean that I have not made mistakes. But I am not going to lie. It's almost unbearable trying to live up to the impossible standards that the public have all set for me."
The KUWTK reality star further explained that she's been conditioned to feel that her beauty is decided upon by the public, making her feel that she is "not beautiful enough just being me."
Despite the constant criticism on her looks, Khloé chooses to hold her head up high and love herself for who she is.
"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," she wrote.
To conclude, Khloé insisted: "We cannot continue to live life trying to fit into the perfect mold of what others have set for us," adding: "Just do you and make sure your heart is happy.”
After the photo first surfaced over the weekend, Tracy Romulus, Kim Kardashian's close pal and chief marketing officer for KKW Brands, spoke out about the incident on Monday, April 5. She said while Kardashian looks "beautiful" in the photo, "the color edited photo was taken of Khloé during a private family gathering and posted to social media without permission by mistake by an assistant.”
She added that "it is within the right of the copyright owner to not want an image not intended to be published taken down."
Kim, 40, also sprang into action when the photo went viral and apparently was the one who reached out to the Instagram account she thought originally posted the 36-year-old's bikini shot.
The family has threatened legal action to anyone that reposts the image.