But, over the years, people have noticed something. | 22 Words

The Kardashian family has finally broken their silence and spoken out about the controversial leaked bikini photo of Khloe Kardashian.

Scroll on to hear what they had to say...

Now, out of the Kardashian sisters, there was always somewhat of an odd one out.

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The youngest Kardashian (and the middle sister of the whole Kardashian-Jenner clan) is Khloe, and since the sisters landed on our screens many have pointed out that she doesn't look quite like her siblings.

Some have even speculated about Khloe's parentage... but that's a whole other story!

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Either way, over the years, Khloe has moved away from her more unique look, and has started looking more and more... well, Kardashian-esque.

Because honestly?

Coming from a family with a bunch of sisters who look like this seems like the perfect recipe to breed insecurity. Put media speculation and social media pressures on top of that, and we can't imagine that things have been too easy for Khloe.

But, over the years, people have noticed something.

It almost seems as though Khloe isn't just trying to perfect her own look - it's like she's trying to emulate the appearances of her sisters, instead.

But the dramatic changes in her appearance have seen her at the center of controversy for a while...

Her weight-loss and gym journey has been well documented on social media and on KUWTK, but her online promotion of potentially harmful weight loss products didn't go unnoticed by her critics.

She's also had other accusations tossed her way.

Last year, Khloe was accused of having had a rhinoplasty.

Of course, she avidly denied going under the knife, reporting that her totally new nose shape was a result of cleverly applied make-up.

But it wasn't just the rhinoplasty...

Khloe appears to have gone for a lighter foundation shade... plus, she went blonde for a while.

On top of this, she always seems to have has suspiciously smoothed skin and has even developed that signature Kardashian figure.

And the size of her lips have also caused a bit of a stir online...

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Of course, many of the Kardashian sisters are famous for their enhanced pouts - but none more so than Kylie Jenner, who has even included lips as a part of her cosmetics line's branding.

But it seems as though Khloe is now giving her a run for her money!

Many fans claim they don't actually have a problem with the cosmetic work...

More so the lies some claim the social media star tells surrounding her cosmetic enhancements, trying to pass them off as just simple lifestyle changes.

And predictably, Khloe's Instagram gets a lot of attention because of this.

Just like her sisters, she's well-known for favoring a selfie and a glamorous photoshoot, but some of the images she's been posting recently have garnered some less-than-favorable comments.

She's constantly being accused of photoshopping and tweaking her snaps...

Which, we must say, is very obvious in some.

And this was demonstrated more recently when an "unfiltered" bikini pic taken of Khloe was leaked online...

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And while Khloe and her team were scrambling to delete the photo, fans felt refreshed to see such a natural-looking photo of Khloe.

People have been praising Khloe for how amazing she looks naturally...

But it seems as if the reality star was having none of it.

And she's actually taken the comments as criticism over the constant filter-using and photoshopping on Instagram.

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Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, Khloe posted both a statement and a video of herself to prove she wasn't photoshopping her extremely toned figure.

"Hey guys, this is me and my body untouched and unfiltered."

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"The photo that was posted this week is beautiful. But as someone who has struggled with body image her whole life, when someone takes a photo of you that isn't flattering in bad lighting or doesn't capture your body the way it is after working so hard to get to this point - and then shares it to the world - you should have every right to ask for it not to be shared - regardless of who you are," she wrote.

She then explained how the constant pressure she's faced in life has lead her to wanting to look in a certain way.

​"In truth, the pressure, constant ridicule and judgment my entire life to be perfect and to meet other's standards of how I should look has been too much to bear. 'Khloe is the fat sister.' 'Khloe is the ugly sister.' 'Her dad must not be her real dad because she looks so different.' 'The only way she could have lost that weight must have been from surgery.''

She admitted that she loves a good filter and "an edit here and there" but compared it to getting her nails done or wearing a pair of heels...

And said she will continue to present herself the way she wants to be seen "unapologetically."

"My body, my image and how I choose to look and what I want to share is my choice. It's not for anyone to decide or judge what is acceptable anymore. Everyday I am told by my family and friends who love me that I am beautiful but I know that it needs to be believed from within."

Although Khloe's statement was generally received well...

Many felt that her words were nothing but double standards due to the fact that she and her sisters are pretty much the ones who set these unrealistic standards in the first place.

And now, the Kardashian family has finally addressed the situation.

In a statement to Page Six, Tracy Romulus, the chief marketing officer for KKW Brands, said while Khloe "looks beautiful" in the shot, the photo was posted "without permission [and] by mistake."

She explained:

"The color edited photo was taken of Khloe during a private family gathering and posted to social media without permission by mistake by an assistant. Khloe looks beautiful but it is within the right of the copyright owner to not want an image not intended to be published taken down."

​Here's the unfiltered photo that was leaked...

And we think Khloe looks truly beautiful in both this picture and all of her others! Because at the end of the day, whatever makes her feel comfortable and happy is all that matters.