Khloe Kardashian has always been at the center of a media circus, mainly because of the last name she shares with her equally famous (and equally obsessed-over) sisters.
But she's also been talked about for more personal reasons, including her tumultuous relationship with Lamar Odom and her highly publicized weight loss. In a new interview for Harper's Bazaar, the 31-year-old reality TV star explained how being in the spotlight for so long has taken its toll on her.
"I definitely think the fashion industry, and people in general, look at me more now that I've lost weight," she told the magazine. "Even on shoots, I would never have options for clothing. There would always be this attention on Kourtney and Kim, but I was too much work for [stylists] or they had nothing in my size. I wasn't even that crazy big!"
Khloe lost almost 40 pounds with her personal trainer's help over the past few years — a fact that hasn't gone unnoticed by her fans.
Stating that her home life with Odom had been "dark and toxic" before their 2013 split, Kardashian went on to explain that he was the catalyst for a lot of the change in her life. "At the time, my family didn't know what I was going through. It was the biggest secret I've kept," she said. "I just needed a place to go." That place turned out to be an Equinox in her neighborhood.
Now, more at peace in her own skin than ever, Khloe and her fans seem to have stopped labeling her by her physical traits and instead are focusing on her outspokenness.
"People think I'm more 'real'," she told the magazine. "I'm the first person to say if I didn't do something right or that I could have done something differently. I share so much, maybe more in-depth than my sisters, and I think people appreciate that."
More than 50 million Instagram followers prove that her "realness" is attractive to fans around the world.
"I like to say I don't care what people say about me, but that's not true," she said. "Not wanting to go to certain places because I wonder what will be written about me the next day — I hate that I carry that with me."