Kim Kardashian won't call herself a feminist because she doesn't want to be labeled.
The 35-year-old reality star took to her blog to share a lengthy essay she had written entitled "Why I Don't Label Myself a Feminist", following her admission at the BlogHer 2016 conference earlier this month (Aug16) that she refuses to align herself with the feminism movement.
"For me, feminist is someone who advocates for the civil and social rights and liberties of all people, regardless of their gender; anyone who believes that women should have the same choices and opportunities as men when it comes to education and employment, their bodies and their lifestyles," Kim explained. "Of course I want these things! I'm all about empowering and uplifting women.
"I'll always fight for women's rights. Always. I support women to the fullest. But, at the end of the day, no one should feel pressured to be labeled as anything just because they believe in certain things and support certain values or ideals."
Kim has become a household name after launching a huge range of businesses stemming from the success of her reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians. The mother-of-two continued to explain that while many aspects of her life seemingly identify her as a feminist, she doesn't want to be "defined" by what she believes in.
"Obviously, there are things about me that people might say make me a feminist: I work hard, I make my own money, I'm comfortable and confident in my own skin, and I encourage women to be open and honest about their sexuality, and to embrace their beauty and their bodies," she said. "But why do we have to put labels on things? You're Republican, you're Democrat, you're bisexual, you're plus-size, you're poor, you're a criminal, you're a mother, you're a feminist. I'm a human being, and I have thoughts, feelings and opinions about a lot of different things.
"I don't need to be defined by those beliefs, just as much as I don't want to be set apart from – or viewed as being against – those who DO define themselves by those."
Kim, the wife of outspoken rapper Kanye West, concluded by saying she believes people who label themselves feminists are contributing to inequality in the world.
"I feel that being grouped or labeled can create separation between people who do (or don't) fall into certain categories, when they may actually share many of the same beliefs and goals," she finished. "It's not about he, she, gay, straight, black, white. The fight for equality is about ALL human beings being treated equally – regardless of gender, sexuality or ethnicity."