(LOS ANGELES) — Khloé Kardashian talks candidly about her body image issues in the latest edition of People magazine, including the pressure of being compared to her siblings and being labeled the “fat” sister.
The 31-year-old Keeping Up with the Kardashians star admits she was always aware that she wasn’t built like her sisters Kim and Kourtney, but didn’t think about it much in the beginning. “I knew I didn’t look like my sisters and I didn’t have those shapes, but I didn’t think that was wrong,” she tells the magazine. “I had parents who were incredibly loving and nurturing and always made me feel beautiful so I never really questioned that.”
Things suddenly changed, however, with the success of their reality show and the public scrutiny that went along with it. “Right before the show started, I thought I was in good shape, but I guess not good enough for Hollywood’s eyes,” she notes. “I didn’t realize I was the ‘fat’ sister until I went on TV and the media started saying that about me.”
Adds Khloé, “Being compared to my sisters was something I was used to,” she continues. “But being compared in such a harsh way…I just thought, ‘Okay, that’s my role.’
“So I started saying it before people. I was like, ‘Okay, I’m the fat, funny sister. Who cares?’ I almost let that take ownership of me,” she recalls. “[In reality] I wasn’t fat; I wasn’t obese. But I would let society make me believe that I was.”
Khloé doesn’t believe in weighing herself, but estimates she’s dropped about 40 pounds since committing to a strict diet and fitness regimen earlier this year.
“I don’t believe in numbers,” she insists. “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.”
People magazine’s entire interview with Khloé will be available on newsstands Friday.
Keeping Up with the Kardashians returns with all-new episodes beginning November 15 on E!
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