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Kim Kardashian has opened up about her 2019 Met Gala look, and the tortuous pain it brought her. 

The Thierry Mugler dress involved waist-shrinking, tight undergarments which left "indentations" on her back and stomach, with the star saying of the corset; "I have never felt pain like that in my life."

The high fashion soirée often involves uncomfortable looking couture outfits donned by celebrities aching to reach the Best Dressed lists, but the reality star seemed to go too far with her own look.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In a recent interview with WSJ. Magazine, the beauty and fashion mogul opened up about the impossibly painful Mr Pearl undergarment, and shut down rumours that she'd had ribs removed to fit into the frock.

Regarding those ridiculous whispers online, she said to the publication; "I don’t even know if that’s possible." Wearing the outfit sounds like tough going, though. 

"I’ll have to show you pictures of the aftermath when I took it off- the indentations on my back and my stomach," she added, referencing the horrible effect the garment had on her body.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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How long the indentations lasted wasn't said by Kardashian, but they don't sound like a party. Corsetier Mr Pearl created the body-hugging piece, which was met with criticism for promoting "unrealistic beauty standards" and "an unnatural figure".

Kim's personal trainer, Melissa Alcantara, defended her after the gala, and emphasised the work which the reality star puts into her body.

"Kim trains her ass off 6 days a f*cking week, she wakes up early AF and is dedicated," she wrote in on her Instagram Story. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The entrepreneur has also just released her first shapewear range, controversially named Kimono despite having nothing to do with Japanese garments.

The KKW Beauty founder launched a 'solutionwear' line but had to rename the venture after backlash against the culturally insensitive name.

The new moniker hasn't been revealed yet, but she has announced her Sooo Fire make-up range featuring a 10-pan metallic eyeshadow palette, three eyeliners and three lip glosses with a new formula.

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Kim Kardashian has won $2.5 million in damages after accusing fast fashion brand Missguided of imitating her outfits.

The reality star and fashion mogul has won her lawsuit and $60,000 in lawyer fees after taking the brand to court in America.

TMZ reports that Kardashian claims Missguided was "using her name and likeness" without permission in order to sell knock-offs of her Yeezy dress.

The win was allegedly as a result of Missguided failing to respond to the suit, and as a result the star was awarded the millions in damages by default. The mum-of-four originally sought $10 million

According to the US publication, the court ruled in favour of the 38-year-old because the Missguided website features "entire pages dedicated to selling and knocking off dresses inspired by Kim."

The issue is their use of images to falsely pretend that Kim Kardashian endorse the brand.

Kim took to Twitter in February to slam the brand's copycat ways, writing;

"It’s devastating to see these fashion companies rip off designs that have taken the blood, sweat and tears of true designers who have put their all into their own original ideas."

Fans were quick to point out that her younger sister Kylie has taken ideas from young designers too, but that's a whole other story. Kim is known for wearing clothes from some of the world's most revered designers.

The affordable fashion company responded Kim's frustrated tweet to by writing, "The devil works hard but Missguided works harder. Kim Kardashian: You've only got a few days before this drops online."

The brand is apparently now permanently banned from using Kardashian's trademarks and likeness to market it's merchandise.

Missguided, founded in 2009 in Manchester, has never been shy when it comes to replicating looks of celebrities and certain images to promote it's website.

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Stormi Webster, daughter of Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott, has appeared on her first major magazine cover at the tender age of one.

The little girl has covered Harper's Bazaar alongside mum Kylie and grand-momager Kris Jenner.

We were only nine-months-old when we covered Vogue, so really Stormi's no big deal. At all. It's fine, we're not jealous of a one-year-old's success. We could never be that petty…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The cute baby is a natural on her first magazine shoot, with both Kylie and Kris being interviewed by Harper's Bazaar on motherhood and being a role model.

“When I became a mother, my perspective on life completely changed, and so did how I look at my own mum and appreciate all the things that she’s done for me,” Kylie said.

She added; “Now I can understand the way that she feels about me, the way that she loves me, and how strong her love is for all her kids, because of how obsessed I am with Stormi.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kylie also discussed her lack of privacy and how it impacts her daughter, saying,

“I feel like I’ve learned how to pull back when I need to. I love my fans and we have such a strong relationship. I do love sharing and inspiring and bringing people into my life. I feel like I was definitely made to do what I do.

"But there are definitely moments when I get stressed out. I’ll take the week off and spend more time with Stormi, or I like to go on trips when I’m feeling overwhelmed," she continued.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Stormi is 100 percent the centre of Kylie's world; "I just have my little message in life. I feel that we all do, even if you’re not famous. As human beings, we get stressed out and we all have our little way of coming back together.”

She added that having Stormi has changed her views on what it means to be a role model: “Mentally, for me, I try not to focus so much on being a role model and still be myself.

"But I do understand how many young women look up to me and that I have to think about everything that I put on the internet or what example I want to set for my daughter. Especially now that I’ve had her, I think about that a lot more," she finished.

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Justin Bieber has turned to Instagram to defend his veteran manager, Scooter Braun, after Taylor Swift posted a scathing indictment criticising him for "manipulative bullying".

Braun recently acquired Big Machine Records, which holds the rights to Swift's first six multi-platinum albums. In response, the singer wrote an emotional Tumblr message explaining that this is the worst possible outcome.

She also referenced an Instagram image by Bieber featuring Braun and Kanye West, captioned; "Taylor, what up." Swift took the image as a message of intimidation, with Braun's two artists mocking her.

The photo came after Kim Kardashian posted a recording of Taylor allegedly consenting to Kanye using her name for his music video and in the song Famous.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The manager has been employed by Ariana Grande (but was fired and subsequently rehired later…), Kanye West, Justin Bieber and Demi Lovato.

Bieber began his own post of a years-old photo of the pair by apologising for the earlier image, writing

“Hey Taylor. First of all i would like to apologise for posting that hurtful Instagram post, at the time i thought it was funny but looking back it was distasteful and insensitive.

“I have to be honest though it was my caption and post that I screenshotted of scooter and Kanye that said ‘Taylor Swift what up’ he didn’t have anything to do with it and it wasn’t even a part of the conversation in all actuality he was the person who told me not to joke like that.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Love Yourself singer continued;

“Scooter has had your back since the days you graciously let me open up for you! As the years have passed we haven’t crossed paths and gotten to communicate our differences, hurts or frustrations.

"So for you to take it to social media and get people to hate on Scooter isn’t fair. What were you trying to accomplish by posting that blog? Seems to me like it was to get sympathy. You also knew that in posting that your fans would go and bully Scooter."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Bieber also claims that he tried to open direct lines of communication, after criticising Swift for 'defacing' Braun's character.

“Anyway, One thing I know is both scooter and I love you. I feel like the only way to resolve conflict is through communication. So banter back and forth online i don't believe solves anything,” he continued.

“I’m sure Scooter and I would love to talk to you and resolve any conflict, pain or or any feelings that need to be addressed. Neither scooter or I have anything negative to say about you we truly want the best for you," he added.

"I usually don’t rebuttal things like this but when you try and deface someone I love's character that's crossing a line."

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Braun’s wife, Yael Cohen Braun, also came to his defence online, writing to her Instagram followers; “I have never been one for the public airing of laundry, but when you attack my husband… here we go.”

Yael Braun disputes Taylor's depiction of the conflict, emphasising that Swift was given fair notice of the deal between Scooter's Ithaca Holdings and Big Machine records;

“Interesting that the man you’re so ‘grossed out’ by believed in you more than you believe in yourself,” she wrote. “And girl, who are you to talk about bullying? The world has watched you collect and drop friends like wilted flowers. MY husband is anything but a bully.”

Many have defended Braun online, with supporters like Demi Lovato and Bieber's attorney Aaron Rosenberg speaking out against Taylor.

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Demi Lovato wrote; 

“Y‘all can come after me all you want but I’m always gonna stay loyal to my team. I value loyalty more than most people in this world and if my name is gonna be brought into conversations I’m gonna stand up for myself and the ones on my team."

Taylor is clearly devastated that Scooter has acquired the rights to her first six albums and life's work after he seemingly abetted Kim Kardashian and Kanye West drama, saying;

"Essentially, my musical legacy is about to lie in the hands of someone who tried to dismantle it."

The drama is piping hot…Who do you believe; Team Scooter (Biebs, Kanye, Demi etc) or Team Taylor?

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Khloe Kardashian has now admitted her guilt at launching a scathing social media attack on Jordyn Woods after hearing about her kiss with then-boyfriend Tristan Thompson.

Woods has been a long-time family friend, surrogate sister and BFF to Kylie Jenner, and Khloe was clearly heartbroken to learn that she'd crossed the line with the basketball player.

The reality star shares 14-month-old True with Tristan, and has confessed that she "felt bad" after going so hard on Jordyn online.

You may remember that she called Jordyn "the reason her family broke up", which is mad harsh considering Tristan was allegedly unfaithful for their entire relationship.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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In a preview for the second part of the Keeping Up With the Kardashians finale, Khloe cries as she tells her sister Kim that she quickly regrets her tweets about Jordyn;

"I realise that the world took that so literally. ‘I would never blame solely one person for that. There’s a multitude of things.

"So, I feel bad – even though Jordyn played a part – I do feel bad if anyone would think I was putting the sole blame on her, because that’s not the truth and I only like to speak my truth."

Kim reassured her younger sister that her online actions were understandable given how hurt she was at the time.

"Here’s the thing — I think that we’ve always taken the high road and I know you have this aggression towards so many people that you trusted that were in your life for years at a time.

And it was the most f***ed up situation. It should have never happened that way. But I think you just had had it on everyone taking advantage of you," she added.

"I feel like being in Palm Springs, and us getting you all worked up, just seeing all these different perspectives, I guess you have to go through the motions."

35-year-old Khloe also confessed that she was struggling with having her personal issues filmed and displayed to the world.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"Emotionally you have to be really, really strong for this environment that we’ve created.

"And I know, as much as these people hurt us, I also know that, if this can make them better and if I can be that person then… I know I’m strong enough to do that," the star continued.

"It just sucks it has to be so public, because no one understands… I’m not just a TV show. This is my life and it breaks my soul and it’s happened so many times." 

Khloe wrote a tweet aimed at Jordyn after the model appeared on the Red Table Talk with Jada Pinkett Smith to discuss the scandal between herself and Tristan.

The Revenge Body host wrote:

"Why are you lying Jordyn Woods? If you’re going to try and save yourself by going public, INSTEAD OF CALLING ME PRIVATELY TO APOLOGISE FIRST, at least be HONEST about your story. BTW, You ARE the reason my family broke up!" 

She backtracked the next day and firmly blamed Tristan for the infidelity. Her tweet garnered a lot of negative attention from online users.

"This has been an awful week & I know everyone is sick of hearing about it all (as am I). I’m a rollercoaster of emotions & have said things I shouldn’t have," she tweeted.

"Honestly, Tristan cheating on me & humiliating me, wasn’t such a shock as the first time," she scribed.

"What’s been harder & more painful is being hurt by someone so close to me. Someone whom I love & treat like a little sister. But Jordyn is not to be blamed for the breakup of my family," Khloe added.

"This was Tristan’s fault. I have to move on with my life & count my blessings, my family, my health, & my beautiful baby True." She seems to have changed her tune, that's for sure.

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Another day, another Kardashian doing something culturally inappropriate.

Last week it was Kylie's absurd Handmaid's Tale-themed party, this week it's Kim Kardashian West's new body foundation AND her kimono range. 

The reality television star and beauty mogul has been accused of cultural appropriation after releasing her new shapewear collection, which is named 'Kimono'.

No, it has nothing to do with actual kimonos, or Japan for that matter. 

She wrote on Twitter about the launch, saying;

"Finally I can share with you guys this project that I have been developing for the last year. I’ve been passionate about this for 15 years. Kimono is my take on shapewear and solutions for women that actually work."

Social media users, however, were having NONE of it. Kim was blasted for adopting a term which bears strong significance in Japanese culture, while only using it for the play on her name in the title.

A user named Yuko Kato on Twitter criticised the name, explaining the confusion which Japanese people have regarding the inappropriate choice; 

"As a Japanese woman who loves to wear our traditional dress, kimono, I find the naming of your products baffling (since it has no resemblance to kimono), if not outright culturally offensive, especially if it’s merely a word play on your name."

They added; "Basically, what you’re doing is creating a line of underwear and calling them, ‘traditional Japanese garments’. Is that what you’re aiming for? 

"Or, are you intentionally taking a Japanese word of specific and extreme cultural significance, stripping away its meaning, and appropriating it for your brand?

"I do hope not, but intentional or otherwise, that will be the result. That’s why many Japanese are crying foul," Yuto concluded.

It appears that Kim didn't do her homework when it came to the cultural importance of the word 'kimono'.

Another person tweeted; 

"Please be respectful with Japanese culture. The word 'kimono' shouldn't be something that any one company can take advantage and making profit out of cultural appropriation."

The range was also described as "absolutely tasteless and awful" and lambasting Kim for having "zero respect to the Japanese culture".

"I feel very sad that the name “Kimono” is being used to something completely different from what we Japanese know about it. Kimono is Japanese traditional clothes and we are very proud of its history and culture.

"I’m sorry but I feel this name choice is simply ignorant," wrote Twitter user @bunkaiwa. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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US reports stated last year that Kardashian West filed to trademark the name "Kimono Intimates".

The "kimono", was originally worn by commoners in Japan and as an undergarment for members of the aristocracy. It became a widely-worn item of clothing by the 16th century for all classes.

This isn't the first time that the businesswoman has been called out for cultural appropriation, remember her 'Bo Derek Braids'?

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Beauty means something different to everyone. An episode of Sherlock I distinctly remember had the protagonist declare while giving the Best Man’s speech at a wedding; “Beauty is a construct based entirely on childhood impressions, influences and role models.”

At the time, I was roughly 16 years old, obsessed with changing absolutely everything about my appearance. During my school days, everyone wanted to look the same.

The same tanned skin, bright blonde hair which is pretty much only natural if you are of Scandinavian descent, contoured cheekbones and slender figure with a waistline that most likely requires a corset to maintain.

Being different was not only seen as unattractive, it was even feared.

It was only when I entered college and saw beauty expanding its traits that my eyes were opened to different types of aesthetically pleasing looks. As well as this, I began to understand that confidence is beauty.

Happiness is beauty, intelligence is beauty, generosity is beauty. And that beauty is often the least interesting thing about a person.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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However, the ideal of beauty which had been prominent during my secondary school years remained the same until the Kardashians exploded onto the reality TV scene, and over the course of the last decade have altered the idea of beauty as we know it.

With their bum and breast implants, nose jobs, cheek implants, lip fillers, whitened teeth among other procedures I don’t have the vocabulary to describe, somehow the idea of what was beautiful drastically changed.

Body modification became far more normalised, as well as the fact that social media gave audiences the power of knowledge.

While celebrities were undoubtedly changing their faces and bodies for decades, especially ones on our cinema and TV screens, social media and the internet now gave us the tools to recognise when ‘work’ had been done.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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One fascinating case which has attracted massive public attention in the last few weeks is that of Elliot Joseph Rentz, otherwise known as Alexis Stone.

The make-up and drag artist garnered public furore after revealing a massively drastic surgical transformation to his large social media following, uploading reveal videos to his YouTube channel which were bombarded with negative comments spewing hateful language and even death threats.

Rentz began the process on August 1 of last year, explaining to his following in a video;

“I don’t want to look the way I look today. I don’t connect with what I see. I never have. So I’m changing it all. I’ve been called crazy. I’ve been called botched. I’ve been called an addict. I’ve been called ugly. I’m told every single day that I’ve ruined my face,” he claimed, emphasising that every last cent he owned would be given to his surgical dream of metamorphosis.

“You name it, I’m having it done,” he explained.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Alexis uploads a video titled “The Reveal”, which has since racked up over 450,000 views. In the diary-like visual film, the drag artist shows off his brand new face, which included fat grafts to his nose, forehead, and chin, as well as chin and cheek implants and an eye lift.

“This had nothing to do with vanity and everything to do with sanity,” he quotes, directly from Pete Burns’ biography.

One month later, Rentz uploads a compilation of comments, each more vicious and negative than the next. Some of them are hard to read.

Stone later claimed his so-called friends and family members often joined in on the vitriolic, with some people even telling him to take his own life, and that his ex-boyfriend committed suicide because of Stone.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Roll on January 1 2019, and Stone reveals in a lengthy YouTube documentary that the whole six-month journey was a complete hoax – his new ‘botched’ face was a complex mask.

Working with Academy Award-winning makeup artist David Marti, a stunt mask was even developed from prosthetic facial materials to be worn outside of the house. Months of effort and secrecy had led to this, and the result was fascinating.

He referred to the stunt as a social experiment, while others called it a cry for mental health help, an attention seeking performance or even a show of disrespect for those who have undergone extreme surgery themselves for whatever reason.

So why did he do it, and what did his social experiment show about society’s idea of beautiful versus ‘botched’ surgery?

Ireland’s perception of the cosmetic surgery industry is vastly different from the reality.

Dozens of clinics have popped up all over the country – Westport in County Mayo is even the predominant creator and exporter of the world’s botox – and yet there is an element of hushed secrecy to the entire organisation.

It is rare to find an Irish person who opens up about having plastic surgery, we are a country of people who lament so-called ‘narcissism’, yet self-confidence issues remain potent within our society.

In a society that profits from self-doubt, liking yourself is an act of rebellion.

Jameela Jamil has frequently found herself in the public eye for her scathing indictment of the Kardashian family, arguing that their world is one which 'recycles self-hatred'.

Yet the reality TV clan have essentially transformed the perception of beauty over the last decade, morphing women into self-obsession with curves, plumped up lips, tanned skin and bodycon clothing.

“You’re selling us self-consciousness,” she claims, portraying her deep disappointment of the ‘double-agents to the patriarchy’. Her main issue with the Kardashians is their weight-loss product endorsements, which are basically a fancier packaging for laxatives in protein shake form.

The family have abundant riches which can afford the best photoshop, photographers, airbrushing, personal trainers, stylists, dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons the world can offer.

Even a glance over websites aimed at young women such as Boohoo, Missguided and PrettyLittleThing shows the huge changes in the beauty industry.

Their models have hyper-miniscule waists and voluptuous curves, glossy brunette locks, tanned skin and full lips, highly reminiscent of the Kardashian family’s idea of what beauty means.

The #10YearChallenge has proven at least one thing; those who have money have a greater control over their appearance than those who don’t.

Body modification has become normalised in society, whether it’s permanent or semi-permanent. Contouring, filters on our social media apps, airbrushing, make-up tutorials on YouTube and cosmetic surgery all reflect the culture we live in, which constantly tells us what we look like isn’t enough.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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And yet, if a person who changes their appearance is genuinely happier and finds improvement in their mental health and self-esteem as a result of body modification, who are we to judge their lifestyle choices?

Choice is the vital word here. Our society and law consistently shows that it believes it possesses the right to control other people’s bodies. Specifically female bodies.

If another person has the funds and is of sound mind, shouldn’t they be allowed to alter their body if it sparks joy in them, to reference the iconic Marie Kondo?

What struck me most was the understanding which the public has for those undergoing body modification for the sake of their physical health.

Whether it’s a nose job for aiding breathing, a breast reduction surgery to alleviate back pain or even just braces, the level of support appears to be significantly higher when physical health is taken into account, rather than perceived vanity.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Yet if a person’s mental health is suffering as a result of their appearance, is this not still a health reason? On an ‘extreme’ level, is transitioning from a male or female gender to the opposite biological sex classified as body modification?

In this case, a person’s mental health would presumably suffer as a result of their appearance, should they not identify with who they see in the mirror.

Cases of body dysmorphia are higher than ever in Ireland, obsession with one’s flaws can cause great emotional pain. Yet we fixate on the reasoning for a person’s body modification, we presume we have the right to judge them for their choices.

SHEmazing spoke to a young woman named Gráinne, who underwent breast reduction surgery at the age of 19, and never looked back. She was plagued with back pain throughout her secondary school years, but the daily toll which her chest took on her confidence and mental health was the final straw;

“For my own personal experience I would say, I think my chest came in in like first year when I was 13, and got bigger after that. I’d say it probably crossed my mind, a chest reduction every once in a while. You’d be trying on clothes and things just wouldn’t fit, whether it was bikini or swimsuits or whatever, I couldn’t buy clothes that fit. You’d be thinking, ‘just chop them off and be done with it’.”

“Throughout secondary school if you had that idea, you’d just dismiss it, because we don’t do that. I didn’t take it seriously, it was a passing thought. It was first year of college that my cousin, who had a bigger chest than I did, got a breast reduction surgery done. I thought, ‘If she could do it, why can’t I?’ It dispelled the taboo a bit, I guess.”

Gráinne noticed the unspoken way which Irish people often have of burying a topic until somebody else is brave enough to unlock it.

“I hadn’t really thought about it, but that took away the wall up around it. The summer before I started second year in college, it was just getting to me. It affected everything in the way of confidence, everything I wore, playing sports just wasn’t a thing, I just felt vulnerable. My mum always compared it to wild games of tennis at Wimbledon, everything’s going the wrong direction. You’re very self-conscious about it. I was starting to get dints in my shoulders, I would have been 19 at the time so I couldn’t believe I could get them so young”

Gráinne discovered that she qualified for the surgery through the state on medical grounds, and her life greatly changed after that pivotal moment;

“I got my chest done September of 2015, so I would have been 19 when I started. I went to my GP about it, and he referred us. It was on medical grounds, I couldn’t straighten my back or stand for five minutes without a pain in my back because it just couldn’t hold my breasts. You feel like a hunchback all the time because you’re always bending over. I remember when I was going to the consultant, I was more nervous because I thought ‘If he tells me I can’t get this surgery, what am I going to do?’"

"I went in and found out I could have it on health grounds, and I was the right BMI for them to justify it. We had to wait for the insurance to approve it. The only funny thing was that they told me there would be scars. I never cared about this, I knew I could deal with them if it meant that I could have a smaller chest. To this day, I don’t care about the scars. They’re there, they’re fine, they’re healed.”

The process of the surgery itself is a journey, from the initial thought pattern, to the planning, to the operation itself and then recovery. Nobody takes on cosmetic surgery lightly, nobody does it on a whim or doesn’t think it through. They don’t think about ‘ruining’ their looks, or what other people think.

They have been on their journey for a long time, they are of sound mind, and they have ultimately made a choice and will handle whatever consequences arrive afterwards;

“Having the surgery itself, people would ask me if I was nervous. I kept telling people, ‘Why would I be nervous, I just have to lie there? It’s the doctor’s job.’ I wasn’t nervous, I was excited about it because it meant that so many other things were going to be open to me. When I finally got the surgery done, I was just ready for it. After the surgery, you had to have a week of bedrest to recover, and take care of yourself. It was fine, I had protein and scrambled eggs because the nurses said that it would help the healing of scars. I never put any kind of stress on it, I was always just excited about the chance to have it done. I can’t imagine what my life would be like without having it done, if I was still in the mental headspace of constantly being conscious of my chest like that.”

What changed in Gráinne’s life after her operation, and how does she feel today about it?

“It was just such a thing that you hid before. Everyone in my family had adapted to wearing big jumpers and scarves to hide it, we were a big chested family. I have no problem talking about my surgery, I have no problem talking about my chest size. I was never vulnerable about it, I kind of own it. Every year around the anniversary of my surgery, I think of it like a little victory. It’s an attitude, it’s another year on of not having to deal with my chest. People who knew me and knew how important it was for me were supportive."

"I wonder if there was someone who wanted implants for their chest, would it have been the same reaction? My flat chested friends always joked ‘I’ll use whatever you don’t want!’, I wonder if someone had gotten implants, would it have been the same reaction? Would people have been as supportive? Even if it was for their own mental health because they can’t stand being so flat-chested, I don’t think it would be as accepted.”

I asked Gráinne how her life changed after the surgery, in more than just a physical way;

“It definitely improved my mental health and the way I see myself. It’s made me more accepting of other parts of my body, of me as a whole. My physical health has also improved, I’m more active. I used to do so many after-school activities in primary school, but once my chest developed I stopped those. Sports bras didn’t improve it either. No one in my life ever commented on me having a big chest in a negative way to me, I don’t think. It was just something I wanted.”

Ariel Winter chose to have a breast reduction surgery following years of public and online ridicule, complications involving acting roles as well as intense back pain. Speaking about the difficulties to Glamour in 2015, she said;

“We live in a day and age where everything you do is ridiculed. The Internet bullies are awful. I could post a photo where I feel good, and 500 people will comment about how fat I am and that I am disgusting. On red carpets, I just said to myself, "You have to do your best to look confident and stand up tall, and make yourself look as good as you can in these photos," because everyone is going to see them. I definitely seemed confident; I'm an actress, that's what we do. But on the inside, I wasn't feeling so happy.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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For Gráinne, Ariel Winter’s story deeply resonated with her;

 “I saw her on Ellen, and just understood everything she said. You’re so self conscious of it. It would have affected my confidence going on Erasmus, I always hid behind scarves and jumpers. I’m far more confident now, and whether that was just growing up or having my chest done, I feel the chest was a major contributing factor. I’m still a curvaceous figure, but it’s manageable and I’m not weighed down by it. It wasn’t about anyone else, it was about me and no one else. If that’s what someone else wants, then they should go for it.”

When asked her opinion on Alexis Stone’s stunt, Gráinne was struck by the thought of going ‘too far’, and why that seemed to offend so many people. The idea that if you transform yourself to look less like the culturally accepted beauty standards, you are committing a grave sin in some way;

“For the whole Alexis Stone side of things, I think the problem with that was, did he go too far in people’s eyes? He didn’t fit with what society wanted him to look like. Kylie Jenner’s lips, she was self-conscious about them, and had been over-drawing, she got them done, but now we forget that she ever got them done. We accept that this is her face. But with Alexis, everyone thinks he went too far. People getting things like that done are often afraid of other people seeing their insecurities. There’s a model of what society wants people to look like, and you’re either reaching that model or you’re going too far."

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"Rachel Green in Friends, it’s so overlooked that she got a nose job, because it was to fix what they saw as a flaw. If Alexis Stone pretended to get work done for what he saw as a flaw, but society didn’t, then it’s a problem. Other people didn’t know about my chest, but I felt that it was a burden for myself and how I viewed myself. It was literally weighing me down. Kylie Jenner’s lips were a flaw to herself, and she ‘fixed’ them and she’s happy. It’s about ‘fixing’ what people’s perception of beauty is.”

What a large group of people perceive to be aesthetically pleasing offers a mirror to that society itself. Sociological factors have a major impact on why we see certain shapes, sizes, faces, skin types, hair and eye colours etc as the desirable way to look. Despite the fact that millions of young women ache to look the same as the Kardashians, it’s what is unique to each person that is the inherently beautiful part of them.

What's 'beautiful' today may be off-brand tomorrow. Why try to keep up?

As well as their appearance, their worth is so much more than what they look like or what they way. What they feel, what they offer to the world, their identities, their language, their flaws, their intelligence, their kindness; these factors are often greatly impacted by appearance, but beauty is more to do with the mind than what the eye envisions.

“Society has an issue with it if it’s pointing out flaws that they see in themselves as well. If you see something that you really admire in someone else, you feel self-conscious about it yourself in some way.”

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Many of us couldn't hide our surprise when news broke that Kim Kardashian is in training to become…a lawyer.

The make-up mogul and businesswoman is basically turning herself into Elle Woods, as she studies to become a fully-fledged attorney, but she has now revealed that her Dad was less than supportive.

Robert Kardashian, who passed away in 2003 when Kim was just 22, worked on high profile cases such as that of OJ Simpson's murder trial in 1995.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The famous lawyer advised his daughter to steer clear of the profession, instead of following in his footsteps.

In a preview for the new episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, the 38-year-old said: "I told my dad years ago that I was really into criminal justice and he was like “This will stress you out so much, you do not really want to take this on.”‘

It seems Kim never quite forgot her desire to dive into law;

"I think now having gotten so deep in helping Alice Marie Johnson, I’m really motivated to get to know the law more and fight for people who deserve a second chance like her. ‘It really is overwhelming how much people do write. I do want to read and see if there are the right cases and what I can do to help."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kris Jenner has a totally different view of Kim's profession wishes. In the clip, she is seen telling Kim; "I’m super proud of you Kim, you take this all seriously and I think that they’re lucky that you listen.”’

Her husband, Kanye West, is also extremely supportive of Kim's choices. Kim's studies over the next few years means that she has less family time on her hands to enjoy her personal life with North, Saint and Chicago, as well as their new arrival, who is due this month via surrogate.

The make-up boss gushed that Ye has been an absolute pillar of compassion.

"The fact that he is supporting me in this journey, knowing that for the next 4 years it would take time away from him and our kids, means a lot to me. And, gives me the confidence that I really need. ‘And that, like, extra push of someone around me to be like, “I know you can do it. You got this!”‘

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Posting an image to Instagram a few weeks ago, Kim elaborated on her choice to register with the California State Bar to study law for the next four years, with 18 hours a week required;

"As my first year is almost coming to an end I am preparing for the baby bar, a mini version of the bar, which is required when studying law this way. I’ve seen some comments from people who are saying it’s my privilege or my money that got me here, but that’s not the case.

"I want people to understand that there is nothing that should limit your pursuit of your dreams, and the accomplishment of new goals. You can create your own lanes, just as I am. The state bar doesn’t care who you are. This option is available to anyone who’s state allows it," she continued.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"My weekends are spent away from my kids while I read and study. I work all day, put my kids to bed and spend my nights studying. There are times I feel overwhelmed and when I feel like I can’t do it but I get the pep talks I need from the people around me supporting me," she said, referencing her support system.

She also went into detail of the commitment which she has towards achieving her goal; "I changed my number last year and disconnected from everyone because I have made this strict commitment to follow a dream of mine – It’s never too late to follow your dreams."

Damn right, Kimmy. We support a #GirlBoss (just a general boss, really). 

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Kylie Jenner's recent skincare launch hasn't been without its controversies, mainly revolving around walnut scrubs.

Fans are now DRAGGING her name to the dirt because of how she washes her face in a new Kylie Skin video. People are calling her a scammer thanks to the whopper foundation stains on her towel.

People have serious thoughts about this kerfuffle, to say the least. Kylie can be seen rubbing her new face wash onto herself for about a millisecond before rinsing it off and patting her face dry with a fluffy towel.

The fluffy towel then becomes basically a cesspit of foundation stains, and now everyone's busy calling Ms Jenner out as total 'scammer'.

Comments are claiming that the billionaire make-up mogul doesn't even use the products she's selling, and that she's lazy in her attempt to pretend to use them. 

"Kylie Jenner washing her face for seven seconds reminds me of that girl pretending to rub the makeup wipe on her face," wrote one Twitter user.

Another pointed out that using cleanser for under five seconds does absolutely nada for your skin, and her new product doesn't work effectively as a result.

"Love you Kylie Jenner but if you’re showing people how to wash their face with your products, do it properly," wrote Heidi Schneider. 

Another wrote;

"Kylie Jenner is real dumb for thinking she can fool anyone with her skin care brand?

"Sis is out here washing her face on camera using a filter not even letting the interested people see how it looks when she uses it AND there was foundation on the towel when she was done? No thanks."

An especially angry fan called her a rich b*tch "who goes to expensive dermatologists". 

To be fair, she does have access to the best plastic surgeons and dermatologists in the world, so selling skincare products in the first place makes minimal sense…

People also pointed out that putting a filter on the video meant that the skincare product was shown in an even MORE inaccurate light as a result…Ah Kylie. Make more of an effort, hun.

"How do you live with yourself knowing you're a scam…" wrote another Twitter fan. Yikes, she is losing fans left, right and centre.

It's only a short demonstration video that Kylie threw up on her Instagram, it's not official branded content.

Mayyyyyybe she does use her own Kylie Skin face wash but does it better in real life? Maybe? 

You can choose whether to give her the benefit of the doubt or not…

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Multiple sources are reporting that Kendall Jenner and her 22-year-old basketball player boyfriend have called it quits on their relationship.

Page Six are claiming that the pair, who haven't been spotted together since March, have called time on their romance, while People allege that the couple are 'on a break',

The news comes only days after Kendall's Vogue Australia interview was released, where she hinted that marriage could be on the cards in the future. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The 23-year-old model spoke about why she likes to keep her relationship private after seeing the intense level of scrutiny her siblings were subjected to.

Kim, Kylie, Khloe and Kourtney's love lives are constantly in the spotlight, with ruthless vitriol consistently being thrown their way for their choices. 

“I got a glimpse of how my sisters dealt with the attention and it’s cool to learn from that," she started. "For me, a lot of things are very special and very sacred, like my friends and relationships, and I personally think that bringing things into the public makes everything so much messier."

Kendall said in her Vogue cover story when asked about marriage, “Maybe. Definitely not now, but maybe one day." It's looking like Ben Simmons won't be there that day after all…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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People have claimed that the couple simply fell out of love,according to their source; "They’re on a break. The relationship ran its course. She’s spending time with her friends and back to being in fun mode."

Page Six reported that NBA player Simmons went out partying with his friends and there was "buzz among Ben’s entourage that he and Jenner called it quits last week." They were last seen together at a suburban New Jersey mall in March.

We're guessing Kendall wants to keep the break-up as private as she can.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She spoke about how, at 23-years-old, it's best to keep things on the down low unless you're certain of the relationship's future.

"A relationship is only meant to be between two people, and the second you make it the world’s business is when it starts messing with the two people mentally. Like once everyone is let in, you’re letting all these opinions into your relationships, and I don’t think that’s fair.”

The pair still follow each other on social media, so perhaps it was amicable?

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Kim Kardashian is well and truly living her best life. The make-up mogul has just welcomed her fourth child via surrogate, a son named Psalm, and has been married to Kanye West for five years.

The 38-year-old made her first public appearance since welcoming the adorable baby boy almost two weeks ago, looking gorgeous in a pink, bodycon maxi dress.

She showed off her curvacious figure while at the launch of sister Kylie Jenner's skincare launch in Los Angeles. The mum-of-four supported Kylie's business venture alongside her siblings, all in pink:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kim announced on Twitter that herself and husband Kanye had met their fourth child on May 10, writing; "He's here and he's perfect."

She later added, "He's also Chicago's twin lol I'm sure he will change a lot but now he looks just like her." The famous couple already are parents to North, aged five, Saint, aged three and 15-month old Chicago.

Baby Psalm was born healthy and weighed 6lbs, 9 ozs, according to TMZ. We can't wait for them to share more photos of their newborn.

Kylie got plenty of familial support for her skincare product launch, looking as glam as ever in a skintight, pink mini-dress.

The 21-year-old billionaire cosmetics guru was joined by Kourtney, Khloe, Kim, Caitlyn Jenner and 'momager' Kris to show off the new goods.

The Instagram Stories were buzzing in Kardashian-land last night, with fans getting a glimpse of the festivities.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kylie's new walnut scrub has come under fire, with dermatologists claiming walnut is actually damaging for your skin.

We'll see if her new Kylie Skin collection will miss the mark or become a cult classic.

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We all know that North West, the oldest child of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, is bound for stardom. 

Between her penchant for a killer makeup look and her enthusiasm for singing in the family's Sunday Service choir, North is one talented little girl.

Now, the 5-year-old fashion icon is lending her hand to a cinematographic endeavour – directing her own music video.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kim took to Instagram to share a video shot by North, showcasing what they have been up to while on maternity leave. 

'What we do on maternity leave…. Directed and Choreographed by North,' she captioned the post. The video shows Kim playing a ukulele along to the tune of the currently popular song Old Town Road by Lil Nas and Billy Ray Cyrus. 

In the video, Kim is wearing a pair of very comfy looking pyjamas and a cow boy hat.  

North used her creativity to direct her mum in the video, before appearing in it herself. North wore what appears to be a costume of Jessie from the popular Disney movie, Toy Story 2.

The five-year-old showcased her amazing dancing skills, and strutted her stuff for the camera while posing with the ukulele, and added a series of video effects over the footage. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kim and Kanye welcomed a new addition to the family last Friday.  

The baby boy, who has yet to be named, arrived via surrogate. 

Taking to Twitter last week, Kim tweeted: 'He's here and he's perfect.'

The new mum-of-four also revealed that the new arrival looks identical to his big sister Chicago, saying: 

'He’s also Chicago’s twin lol I’m sure he will change a lot but now he looks just like her.'

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star made the announcement in January that she and husband Kanye West were going to have another baby.

There has been no word yet on a name for the new baby, however, Kim previously revealed that she may opt for a family name for the new arrival. 

Kim opened up about one of her potential names during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel. 

She told the comedian and host that she was considering naming the baby after one of her siblings.

She spilled that she could name her son after her brother Robert Kardashian. Robert is a family name, as her father also carried the moniker before passing it down to Kim's brother Rob. 

'I was truthfully thinking about naming him Rob, my brother, Rob, but then it's like North, Saint, Chicago, Rob. It doesn't really go, but I really was feeling that or like Robert, and my brother approved it,' she said at the time.

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