Kim Kardashian: I’m ’empowered’ by my body

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(CNN)–Amid a few beefs over her nude selfies, Kim Kardashian has written an essay to express her feelings.

“In all seriousness, I never understand why people get so bothered by what other people choose to do with their lives,” she wrote on her website. “I don’t do drugs, I hardly drink, I’ve never committed a crime — and yet I’m a bad role model for being proud of my body?”

On Monday, the reality star posted a picture of herself in the buff with black bars strategically placed and the caption “When you’re like I have nothing to wear LOL.”

Lots of folks seemed to dig it, to the point where Kardashian felt the need to clarify that the photo was a year old and not of her current post-baby body.

“I’m flattered some of u guys thought my post earlier was a recent pic,” she tweeted. “That was my blonde moment a year ago & 25lbs less! #MondayMotivation”

But legendary actress Bette Midler didn’t love it, tweeting, “Kim Kardashian tweeted a nude selfie today. If Kim wants us to see a part of her we’ve never seen, she’s gonna have to swallow the camera.”

Midler wasn’t the only celeb who had something to say about Kardashian’s state of undress.

Media personality Piers Morgan tweeted, “I know the old man’s $50 million in debt, Kim – but this is absurd. Want me to buy you some clothes?” West recently claimed that he is $53 million in debt.

Kardashian responded by tweeting, “Hey @piersmorgan never offer to buy a married woman clothes. thats on some ashley madison type s**t #forresearch.”

In response to Midler, Kardashian tweeted, “Hey @BetteMidler I know it’s past your bedtime but if you’re still up and reading this send nudes #justkidding” and “I really didn’t want to bring up how you sent me a gift awhile back trying to be a fake friend then come at me #dejavu.”

Midler later snarked back with “@KimKardashian: I never tried to fake friend you. Looks like anyone can take a selfie but not everyone can take a joke…”

After actress Chloe Moretz tweeted, “I truly hope you realize how important setting goals are for young women, teaching them we have so much more to offer than just our bodies” (the tweet has since been deleted), Kardashian clapped back with “Let’s all welcome @ChloeGMoretz to twitter, since no one knows who she is. Your nylon cover is cute boo.”

Moretz also tweeted, “There’s a huge difference in respecting the platform that you’re given as a celebrity and ‘slut shaming’ something I never have done and – would never do.”

Kardashian ended up posting another photo of herself au naturel with the caption “#liberated.”

In her essay, the reality star said, “It always seems to come back around to my sex tape. Yes, a sex tape that was made 13 years ago.

“I lived through the embarrassment and fear, and decided to say who cares, do better, move on,” she wrote. “I shouldn’t have to constantly be on the defense, listing off my accomplishments just to prove that I am more than something that happened 13 years ago.”

Kardashian said she feels “empowered” by her body.

“I am empowered by my sexuality,” she wrote. “I am empowered by feeling comfortable in my skin. I am empowered by showing the world my flaws and not being afraid of what anyone is going to say about me.”

She has a supporter in “Modern Family” star Ariel Winter, who on Tuesday tweeted, “No one was body shaming @justinbieber when he posted his nude guitar photo so why @KimKardashian? #herbodyherchoice #InternationalWomensDay.”

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