It's been a major year in Kardashian-Jenner pregnancy news, but recent rumors that Kendall Jenner may be pregnant were unwarranted. The reality star posted an Instagram selfie on Saturday wearing a polka-dot dress, and the picture sparked uncomfortable speculation online that she might be pregnant. On Saturday, Dec. 30, the star responded to these rumors with a funny and relatable reply. In a tweet that quoted an article from MTV Australia about the claims, she wrote: "i just like bagels ok!!" It was the perfect, unbothered way to shut down the speculation, and hopefully, it will stop fans from taking this rumor any further. While Kendall was able to have a sense of humor about the whole situation, the unfounded rumors reveal a lot about how our society puts women's bodies under a microscope.
The Kendall speculation might have been fueled by a year full of Kardashian baby news and rumors. Kim Kardashian revealed in early 2017 that she was expecting her third child with Kanye West via surrogate, and Khloe Kardashian recently announced she was pregnant with her first baby as well. There's also Kylie Jenner, who has been rumored to be pregnant with boyfriend Travis Scott since September. Kylie has not confirmed anything, but anonymous sources close to the star have spoken about the pregnancy and the star was curiously absent from the family's holiday photos. These pregnancy rumors are backed by sources, and the recent Kendall situation was only based on a bizarre analysis of the photo. The response to the Instagram is troubling, and represents how the public feels particularly entitled to scrutinize the appearance of celebrity women.
Kendall's original post on Saturday was a bathroom selfie of the star in a polka-dotted dress, which she captioned "loner life" with an alien emoji. There wasn't much about the photo to suggest the star might be pregnant, but fans and critics were soon commenting with theories that the star might be expecting as well. On Twitter, the rumors spread continued, with fans tweeting the picture and prematurely announcing that she might be pregnant. The rumor-spreading is based solely on the star's appearance, and to judge someone's body in this way is unacceptable. Kendall is a high-profile public figure and the spotlight can be particularly cruel, but nobody deserves to have their body analyzed in this way. By participating in these rumors fans are, even if it is an accident, condoning this brand of body shaming.
Not long after, multiple outlets picked up the story. MTV Australia's post, the one which Kendall responded to, was titled "fans now reckon kendall jenner is preggers thanks to this instagram pic." Us Weekly published an article about the debacle as well, writing "Kendall Jenner Has Fans Speculating That She's Pregnant Too". These publications picked the story up from the fan reaction to the post, but the response is still worth critiquing. The whole story is based entirely on analyzing the star's body, especially since Kendall has never spoken on the matter in any other capacity.
This isn't the only recent time that a female celebrity faced a random bought of pregnancy rumors. In November, one of Miley Cyrus' Instagram posts sparked similar talk. The singer also responded to the speculation the same day writing, "RUDE!!! Not pregnant just eating a s**t ton of tofurkey." While her response was funny as well and it's great that celebs are able to shake off the critics this sort of rumor is, as Cyrus said, straight up rude. It's unfair that this is a frequent issue that arises for famous women, who should be able to post their selfies in peace.
Kendall was able to laugh these rumors off as well, and her response is pretty perfect. However, these rumors represent another way that society objectifies women, and no woman's body should be put under such scrutiny. There are plenty of Kardashian-Jenner baby updates to be had without making up new ones.