When it comes to Kim Kardashian’s Instagram page, it’s hard to find an imperfection. But among the artistically filtered, perfectly cropped images, her fans found a picture that stood out – and it had what appeared to be a Photoshop fail within it.
It was March 24, 2018, when Kardashian posted the photo that would get so much attention. The reality TV star and make-up mogul shared an image of herself in an orange jacket, crop top and bicycle shorts for a very specific reason.
“Let’s March! (Wear Orange),” read the picture’s caption. And Kardashian may have hoped that the snap would persuade her followers to attend the March for our Lives. The nationwide event, held to push for stronger gun control in the U.S., was taking place on that same day.
Furthermore, Kardashian may have chosen the image because she was wearing orange in it. That color was significant because a student organizer had previously asked others to don clothes of that hue during a planned school walkout. In the end, though, the reality TV star attended the March for Our Lives in an outfit different from the one pictured.
Kardashian was at the March for Our Lives rally in Washington, D.C., along with husband Kanye West and their oldest daughter North. Later, she even posted a photo of Kanye and North at the event to her Instagram page. But that wasn’t the image that would catch the public’s attention.
Indeed, the motivational picture that Kardashian posted before the rally garnered more comments from fans – and not because they agreed or disagreed with her political viewpoint. Instead, they noticed that that particular image had some strange features.
For starters, fans noticed a vehicle in the background behind Kardashian that looked out of the ordinary. It seemed, for example, that its headlights were squished so closely together that it didn’t look like a real car. “Thought that was a spaceship in the back,” commented one Instagram user.
“Just me or did anyone else see the squashed car in the back,” wrote another person, who had a theory for why it looked so strange. “#photoshopped,” they added. And, indeed, there were other mistakes in the image that seemed to lend credence to that hypothesis.
For instance, the 37-year-old is stepping down from the curb in a pair of nude sandals in the picture. But the area next to her feet looks like it’s bending in a way that you simply wouldn’t see in your average, straight-edged parking lot.
From there, some of Kardashian’s followers retraced the make-up magnate’s steps. Eventually, they uncovered the original photo that she had filtered and shared on her Instagram page. And, in the process, they found another potentially Photoshopped detail.
In addition, The Sun believed that Kardashian had used an editing application to slightly slim her thighs, even though they already looked toned in the original shot. There was some speculation that she had also whittled down her waistline with Photoshop.
However, for Kardashian, this type of public investigation was nothing new. Before her widely discussed March 2018 post, she and her sisters had posed for a Calvin Klein campaign in January of that year. And, needless to say, that, too, got people talking.
Some individuals went so far as to accuse the brand’s staff of hiring a Kardashian doppelganger to star in the spread. One Twitter user wrote, for instance, “Don’t know what Calvin Klein thought they were doing, but that is not Kim Kardashian in that campaign.”
Even with debates like those raging, Kardashian still retained the support of her fans in both instances. And rather than lauding her fashion or beauty in the March 2018 picture, several of her followers praised the star for her political activism. One person even commented, “This is why I love her.”
Meanwhile, what Kardashian did next in multiple ways effectively shut down her naysayers. For starters, she garnered more than 1.6 million likes on the March 2018 photo, which proved that it was a hit with many of the social media site’s users.
On top of that, Kardashian turned off the comments feature on the image that had been causing such a ruckus. That way, no one else could give their two cents as to whether she had failed at Photoshop or not.
Then Kardashian took to her blog to explain why it had appeared that she had haphazardly edited the image. “I’m seeing online and on news media that I suffered a ‘Photoshop fail,’” she wrote. “So ridiculous!”
After that, Kardashian told readers where the photo had come from. And this, in turn, seemed to clarify why the snap looked like it did. “I reposted a picture on Instagram that a fan had already posted – I only added a filter to it,” the star wrote.
Kardashian continued, “It looks like the fan mirrored the photo, which is the reason the car looks like that. So, this is actually really funny to me! Who would even Photoshop a car to look like that?! LOL.”
It was rare, however, for Kardashian to justify this type of speculation with a response. After all, she has a guiding philosophy when it comes to the press and the stories she reads about herself. “If it’s something that really bothers me, I’ll respond,” she wrote. “When people say negative things about me, I try to take the high road most of the time.”