bette midler & kim kardashian

Bette Midler and Kim Kardashian

*Kim Kardashian isn’t letting the backlash she’s getting from posting a nude selfie bring her down.

In honor of International Women’s Day, the reality show star penned an essay on empowerment that she posted on her official website, just a day after she caught a severe backlash for the throwback selfie that appeared on her Instagram page.

Among those criticizing Kardashian and the selfie were famed singer-songwriter-actress Better Midler, Mail Online editor-at-large Piers Morgan and “The Equalizer” star Chloe Grace Moretz. Kardashian ultimately fired back at the trio on social media with harsh comments directed at each of them.

“Hey, guys. I wanted to write a post elaborating on my tweets last night,” Kardashian wrote in her essay.

“In all seriousness, I never understand why people get so bothered by what other people choose to do with their lives. I don’t do drugs, I hardly drink, I’ve never committed a crime—and yet I’m a bad role model for being proud of my body?

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Kardashian went on to express her frustration at constantly being body-shamed and put on the defense for the infamous sex tape she was featured on with Ray J while telling everyone to “move on.”

“It always seems to come back around to my sex tape. Yes, a sex tape that was made 13 years ago. 13 YEARS AGO. Literally that lonnng ago. And people still want to talk about it?!?!” Kardashian continued. “I lived through the embarrassment and fear, and decided to say who cares, do better, move on. I shouldn’t have to constantly be on the defense, listing off my accomplishments just to prove that I am more than something that happened 13 years ago.

“Let’s move on, already. I have,” she stated.

Scroll below to read the rest of Kardashian’s essay:

“I am empowered by my body. I am empowered by my sexuality. I am empowered by feeling comfortable in my skin. I am empowered by showing the world my flaws and not being afraid of what anyone is going to say about me. And I hope that through this platform I have been given, I can encourage the same empowerment for girls and women all over the world.

I am empowered by my husband, who is so accepting and supportive and who has given me a newfound confidence in myself. He allows me to be me and loves me unconditionally.

I feel so lucky to have grown up surrounded by strong, driven, independent women. The life lessons I’ve learned from my sisters, my mother and my grandmother, I will pass along to my daughter. I want her to be proud of who she is. I want her to be comfortable in her body. I don’t want her to grow up in a world where she is made to feel less-than for embracing everything it means to be a woman.

It’s 2016. The body-shaming and slut-shaming—it’s like, enough is enough. I will not live my life dictated by the issues you have with my sexuality. You be you and let me be me.

I am a mother. I am a wife, a sister, a daughter, an entrepreneur and I am allowed to be sexy.