This past December, Kim Kardashian caused a stir when she posted a few odd-looking photos of her 4-year-old daughter Chicago along with her cousin True,4, who is Khloé Kardashian‘s daughter, at Disneyland.
Fans quickly realized that the pictures were not only photoshopped but were taken from a trip to Disneyland in October — which True didn’t attend.
And thanks to a TikTok that Kylie Jenner posted from the trip, where her 4-year-old daughter Stormi is seen wearing the exact outfit that True is wearing in Kim’s post, it soon became abundantly clear that the pictures Kim posted were originally of Chicago and Stormi.
It wasn’t long before fans posited the theory that Kylie hadn’t wanted Kim to post the picture of Stormi and so Kim took it upon herself to photoshop True in her place.
Fans also were able to find the original pictures of True that Kim had placed over Stormi on Khloé’s Instagram page. However, as speculation grew increasingly viral, the Kardashians remained silent.
Until two weeks ago, when Khloé accidentally admitted that True had gone to Disneyland for the “first time” ever, to celebrate her birthday on April 12.
And if True had never been to Disneyland before this month, Khloé’s announcement essentially confirmed fans’ suspicions that she must have been edited into Kim’s Disney snaps last December.
Finally, Khloé decided to admit she dropped the ball.
“Welllppp I f***** this one up,” she curtly responded to a fan tweet.
This past week – after shutting down a previous photoshop accusation about her belly button – Kim decided to come clean and do some “serious explaining” for why she photoshopped her nieces’ faces.
Kim began the conversation by Instagram Stories, saying that her current Instagram “aesthetic” is pink and blue, and that she’s been working really hard to keep the color scheme in order on her grid.
“OK OK sooooo you know I am all about my aesthetic!” she wrote to her followers. “And my IG grid is pink and blue lately. Isn’t it so cute and well planned out!”
Kim confirmed that the original photos were in fact Chicago and Stormi, but revealed that Kylie “wasn’t really feeling” having them posted online. Fans and followers believed this was a strategic move due to Stormi’s father, Travis Scott’s concert Astroworld taking the lives of ten people.
She went on to share that while she respected Kylie’s decision not to post, she was not going to let it get in the way of her sharing the moment because Chicago’s pink coat matched her theme so “perfectly!”
And so, in an effort to not upset Kylie, Kim swapped out Stormi’s face for that of True.
“You know how much a good aesthetic means to my soul … And I will be d***** if Kylie will ruin that for me and mess up my IG grid,” she wrote, before giving True a shoutout for “taking one for the team.”
Kim also addressed the shoddy photoshop job which “wasn’t the aesthetic” she had been going for and said she “can own up to that.” But apparently, Khloé was under the impression that Kim had taken her daughter to Disneyland for the first time.
“I didn’t think it would be that big of a deal if her own mom questioned if I snuck her to Disneyland for the first time,” Kim said.
Fans were not impressed with the admission and were quick to share their thoughts on the subject.
“Wait. The reason Kylie didn’t want Stormi on Kim’s feed is because of the Astroworld thing. Like people DIED at astroworld and she’s talking about aesthetics…,” one person commented.
“OMG stop Kimmy,” another commented. “Do you not realise how idiotic and shallow you sound. They’re just babies! You could’ve uploaded a million other photos with pink or blue in it but you had to exploit the kids for ~aesthetic~ reasons.”
“In no way is this normal behavior,” someone else shared. “They are clearly going to have to explain these headlines to the kids one day. What a bizarre life. I feel sorry for the children.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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