Twitter, GC Images
Twitter, GC Images
Kim caused controversy March 6 after she shared a nude selfie with her millions of Instagram and Twitter followers. Chloë was one of the first stars to publicly criticize her via Twitter, and in doing so, was accused of slut-shaming the E! reality star. Chloë assured her followers she would never do something like that to another woman, but Kim still called her out in addition to Bette Midler and Piers Morgan. Chloë stopped tweeting about Kim as a result, though did re-tweet several celebrities and fans who shared her opinions. Eight days after the social media blow-up, Chloë tells Elle, "I think a lot of things can be misconstrued in a lot of ways. And I think if people open their minds more, and they try to look deeper into something than just something that is a very big, hot, fiery button to hide behind...I think if people looked into something bigger that I was trying to speak upon, they wouldn't be so easy to fire back silly, miscellaneous things."
As Kim's photo became a topic of conversation on national talk shows—and Midler and Morgan continued to slam her on Twitter—a number of other stars came to her defense, including Emily Ratajkowski and Amber Rose. Chloë has no intention of backing down or apologizing for her tweets, though. "Depict yourself adequately as what you want to be seen as. Don't front, don't put something out there that you feel isn't realistic and doesn't portray who you are," she advises other women. "Just be yourself, be you, and don't be afraid to speak your mind."
That's one thing both Chloë and Kim can agree on.
In her Twitter rant, Kim argued that it was hypocritical for Chloë to pass judgment on her for posing nude, given that the actress did the same thing for NYLON magazine. But Chloë doesn't see the similarities. "That's also a lot more based on artwork, so that's a little bit of a different conversation. Like, if I'm talking to a photographer, I'm talking to a stylist, I'm talking to a makeup artist, we're kind of creating and collaborating and making something that is artwork and is special and is different. Yeah, it's representing myself, but it's also not representing myself, because it's a character piece. So, I think that is a big difference. On social media, like on Instagram and stuff that I post, and the way that I view myself, and portray myself on there, that's definitely a much more personalized take," she says. "I'm not collaborating with people to make that, it's my own social media platform in which I'm–it's not a character. It's just me."
Chloë says she began to have conversations about feminism and sexuality around age 13. "It started internally within my family, and then I saw that with the influence that I have and the career path that I have, maybe I can say what I'm feeling at least, and see if that applies to anyone else's life," the Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising star tells Elle. "And if it does, maybe it can help them through the situations that I've been going through and to shed light onto things that people might not be speaking about as much, because they might be too afraid to."