It was March and Chloe Grace Moretz had just gotten off of a plane. She was feeling “incredibly jet-lagged” and “couldn’t take one more thing.” It was at that moment that Moretz, like many of us, saw Kim Kardashian’s naked mirror selfie. Moretz proceeded to tweet about the photo and as we all know, Kardashian responded by shadily welcoming Moretz to Twitter.
Two months have since passed since Moretz and Kardashian’s (who were both at Monday night’s Met Gala) Twitter exchange, but it’s apparently still on The Equalizer star’s mind, as she recently opened up about it to Glamour.
“I saw that photo, and I had to say something,” Moretz said. “That picture wasn’t linked to body confidence. … It was done in a slightly voyeuristic light, which I felt was a little inappropriate for young women to see.” Moretz, 19, is herself a young woman. She said that when she saw Kardashian’s response, she started laughing.
“I was at dinner with my family [when] I got the notification [on my phone],” she said. “My mom took the most offense to it because it was girl-on-girl hate and Kim didn’t come back with an educated response on body confidence. It was aggressive, and also it was incorrect. I don’t have 45 million followers or a TV show that follows my life. But people know who I am.” It’s unclear how Kardashian responding to something Moretz, unprompted, said about her photo is “aggressive,” but to each her own.
Glamour then asked Moretz why she posts bikini shots to social media, to which she responded: “I do it because it’s a body-confidence thing. I posted one in Mexico. … It wasn’t me sexualizing myself. It was with a beautiful background. When I posted it, I knew that there would be a lot of young women looking. So I made sure that it was tasteful.”
A bikini shot and a naked mirror selfie are hardly the same thing, but when you’re scantily clothed (or not at all), what’s considered tasteful? For example, is this picture of Moretz wearing a bikini next to a smoking hot man not sexualized in any way?
Some might argue that this “girl-on-girl hate” that Moretz references to Glamour was ironically perpetuated by Moretz herself when she responded in a negative and very public way to Kardashian’s nude selfie. Regardless of how jet-lagged or over it Moretz might have felt at the time, did she have to say anything about it at all? She did and apparently still has more to say about it.
And for the record, Kardashian, who literally gets paid to sit on a couch and talk in a monotone voice, is hardly aggressive. Just sayin’.
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