On April 24th, Kim Kardashian broke the internet when she gave her fans a preview of the ads for her new KKW Body perfume, revealing that her own, naked body was the inspiration for the fragrance’s bottle. The eye-catching ad prompted some of Kardashian’s friends to joke about creating perfume bottles based on their own bodies. And now, one body positive activist has done just that, making her own version of the KKW Body ad with an inspiring message.
Carmen Rene, who goes by the handle “eatthecaketoo” on social media, is a body-positive Instagrammer and vlogger. According to Cosmopolitan, she often provides her followers tips about managing the condition lymphedema, which can cause your body to swell, while also spreading a message of self-love and acceptance.
After seeing the KKW Body ad, Carmen decided to expand the conversation surrounding the perfume bottle. She took pictures of herself posed nude to mimic the photos of Kardashian’s body and posted a side-by-side with the original to Instagram on April 30th. In a powerful caption, she wrote that even though Kardashian’s body is traditionally viewed by society as “perfect,” all bodies should be considered perfect if they are “as good as they can possibly be.”
“Today, at this very moment my body is as good as it possibly can be,” Carmen wrote in the caption of her post. “I can’t change it today, and tomorrow it may be different, it will still be perfect. There is no body better than the next. There is no one body that is ‘perfect’. There is your body, unique, worthy, desirable and perfect.”
Carmen’s results are beautiful.
Carmen’s take on the KKW Body ad sends an empowering message that all bodies are worthy of being celebrated. And while Kardashian certainly has the right to flaunt her body, so do all people — even those who don’t completely fit society’s narrow definition of beauty. As Carmen wrote, everyone’s bodies are “unique, worthy, desirable, and perfect.”