Kim Kardashian defends North West’s artistic honor: ‘North worked incredibly hard!’

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Where did most people come down on North West’s alleged painting? Kim Kardashian posted a shot of 7-year-old North’s painting on her Instagram Stories on Monday. By Tuesday, the incident was trending on Twitter and people were arguing about whether a 7-year-old could create a Bob Ross-looking masterpiece of a snow-covered mountain. Well, Kim heard the debate and she’s here to tell y’all to STFU. Kim might lie, she might culturally appropriate, she might post a lot of stupid sh-t on social media, but she definitely, 100% did not lie about North’s painting.

We wish our moms had defended our childhood artwork like this. Kim Kardashian is going head to head with Instagram critics claiming her daughter, North West, did not actually create the artwork Kardashian showed off on Tuesday.

“DON’T PLAY WITH ME WHEN IT COMES TO MY CHILDREN!!!” the Skims founder said in her Instagram story. “My daughter and her best friend have been taking a serious oil painting class where their talents and creativity are being encouraged and nurtured. North worked incredibly hard on her painting, which took several weeks to complete. As a proud mom, I wanted to share her work with everyone. I’m seeing op-ed pieces in the media and social media from grown adults breaking down whether or not my child actually painted this,” she continued, alluding to the popular theory that the piece was in fact a Bob Ross painting. “How dare you see children doing awesome things and then try to accuse them of NOT being awesome!?!?!”


Kardashian, 40, didn’t stop there, though, and shared North’s friend’s Ryan’s painting as well as artwork that Kanye West created as a child. Kardashian’s BFF Tracy Romulus — whose daughter Ryan is also talented with a paintbrush — defended the girls on social media earlier in the day. “Both girls are in art class together and learning oil painting techniques from an instructor,” she told fans. “They spend weeks at a time on a single painting and are incredibly proud of themselves once they complete a project.” Romulus added that North, 7, and Ryan follow a curriculum that encourages their own interpretation of the artwork at hand.

[From Page Six]

Yeah, I don’t know, I think we should just believe Kim. I think a five year old might struggle with this kind of painting, but I feel like a child who turns 8 years old in a few months probably has the skills to do this kind of thing, especially if she’s in a special kids’ art class with her friends. I bet North really enjoys it.

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  1. Cee says:

    Apparently her best friend painted a similar artwork and the teacher’s daughter posted receipts. Every kid who takes that class learns the same style.

  2. Jillian says:

    If you’re all that awe-struck that a kid can paint like this with professional instruction, go take a painting class. Hell, order a Paint by Numbers kit – you too can make a masterpiece! Pretty crappy to shit on a child and to act like art skills can’t be taught. Art teachers are real teachers too, folks, show them some respect

    • Case says:

      Exactly. I saw on Instagram the art teacher’s daughter posted photos of how everyone who takes her class paints the same pictures at a similar age. With weeks of education and lots help from the teacher, it’s totally possible. It’s not like North just went in her bedroom and painted this in an hour, lol, and I don’t think Kim ever tried to claim that’s what happened.

    • paranormalgirl says:

      One of my friends teaches painting to 5-17 year olds. She said it was absolutely possible for a kid North’s age to have painted that. And I’ve been to the school art shows… yup. It’s more than doable.

    • ennie says:

      This is just a case of crying wolf. she/all of them have lied so much.

      I try not to read anything K-related, but this bothered me, as in: they are already pimping the next generation, of course!
      I beth other actors have their children immerse in art classes, and they do not post their works for privacy, etc.

  3. Noki says:

    Ugghh Kim knew excatly what she was doing,all she had to say was that look North and her friend Ryan did these paintings through tutorial art classes over a couple of weeks. That is not hard to believe,she decided to make it seem like North just quickly and casually threw this together.

    • rainbowkitty says:

      100% Maybe her daughter did paint it, but Kim made it seem like she just picked up a paint brush one day and this was the result. These people are so transparent and boring.

    • Case says:

      I mean, did she though? I have NO love for Kim whatsoever, but I didn’t see it that way at all. I think it’s totally normal for a mom to be like “Wow, look what my kid painted!” They don’t need to provide the exact context of where/when/how in order to be proud and show it off.

      In a normal setting, a mom would post this on Facebook and someone would ask, “wow, all by herself?” and she’d answer “no, she took an art class with her friend!” Because of this heightened bizarre celebrity reality, the painting just got think pieces instead of comments, lol.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        People are seeing it in a way best to attack her. It’s all a major assumption based on nothing.
        Kim never stated in the original post the timeframe this was accomplished under. Or where.
        I have no love for Kim. She’s easily avoidable. And this whole controversy is about attacking a mom for showing off her 8 year olds painting which she’s proud of because that mom is someone they go out of their way to attack.

        Honestly, I’m on this site judging too. I’m just not judging or attacking anything linked that closely to an 8 Year Old. My lord.

  4. Lightpurple says:

    As a child, I attended weekly art classes at the Museum of Fine Arts. At the end of each year, the museum displayed our best works in an exhibit. Several of my classmates went on to become professional artists. My nephew attended the same program from age 6 through high school, went to art college, & is a professional artist, as are several of his friends from childhood in that program. We have seen young kids create amazing works. But no, Kim, not believing this for a second. Let your kid be a kid. Stop exploiting her. Let her have privacy.

  5. Faithmobile says:

    I am teaching my children to paint and I believe her. You can break a drawing/painting down to simple steps. And having an instructor provide the pallet colors and painting techniques over 7 weeks:totally doable. I recommend Dana Fox’s watercolor books: kids can paint on top of the sketch in the book. Kim needs to chill though as how are we to know what is real and what isn’t with her and her fam?

    • rainbowkitty says:

      Yep. That’s the problem with these people. Maybe North painted it, but this family lies so much it makes people automatically not believe anything they put out there.

  6. Emm says:

    I saw a different pic of it yesterday with North holding it and it is a lot bigger then what it looked to me in Kim’s post so it looks a lot less intricate then I initially thought because it’s a lot closer up. I can believe she learned and did it in art class with the direction and help of a teacher which is apparently what happened. To quote Cher from clueless, it’s a full on Monet. Idk, I think she probably worked hard on it and has a great teacher and loves it but the way Kim presented it… whatever. The girl takes art classes that probably cost more then my house a year and obviously enjoys it so, good for North.

  7. jules says:

    100% DID NOT PAINT THAT MOUNTAIN. I believe she did stipple the happy little trees though.

    • Kkat says:

      She absolutely could have painted it all at her age with a good teacher.
      My paintings were that good and better at that age.

      The shitty thing is kim feeding her kid to social media for clicks, knowing that something like this could happen

  8. Elizabeth says:

    She’s trying to paint North as an artistic genius when every other kid who took the class was guided step by step to make the same exact paint by numbers bland little painting. I will accept North made a paint by numbers copy of a copy with a TON of adult guidance over weeks. I will not accept her child is some kind of exceptional genius based only on this when almost anyone else could also do it given the same assistance. She always has to be soooo special and yell soooo loudly.

    • SG says:

      No one said she was an exceptional genius, not even Kim. Your comment reads as kind of vicious considering youre talking about a 7 year old and her artwork.

      • Midge says:

        Vicious? get a grip. Kim did insinuate North did this all on her own. That’s a lie.

      • Lightpurple says:

        She’s talking about the child’s mother, who refuses to allow her daughter the privacy that all 7 year olds should enjoy.

    • Midge says:

      Yes, reading your comment after posting something similar. 100% this.

    • Sarah says:

      She said nor implied anything of the sort. The things being read into this are…a lot.

  9. Sarah says:

    Idk…If I forget that a Kardashian is involved, I can believe a 7 year old did this. My 9 year old draws incredible comics with zero training. Some kids are really talented this way.

    • Spicecake38 says:

      Yeah my daughter brought home some artwork in first grade and I asked where she got it,she said “it’s mine mom”As a very not artistic person I couldn’t believe it.She said she and another boy were drawing all the time together.It was Japanese anime.

      My father in law was an incredible artist and my daughter,now 18 is still an amazing artist.So I believe North could have painted this,and probably did,but I also believe Kim will do anything for publicity so that’s why so much backlash.

  10. Bibi says:

    kim is 40 and this is a very immature comeback, kylie shower style. You dont want people criticizing, dont post or post in an outlet where she will be safe from haters, knowing that you’re one of the kardashian with a fake butt fake nails fake hair fake nose fake eyelashes and photoshopped to the bone. I mean do we have to believe you??? + you’re 40 dudette, grow up.

  11. Midge says:

    It looks like Kim enrolled North in an art class and with the guidance of an art teacher – over several weeks, with several edits, redos, tips, and other assistance – this painting is the final product. Where Kim is lying is the assertion that North is some artistic genius like her father. She should have just praised the teacher and course and thanked them for nourishing and guiding North’s natural passion and talent over a long course that lead to this final product.

  12. CidyKitty(CidySmiley) says:

    I dont think she was painting North as a genius, I think she just posted it and we are used to the Kardashian way of things and immediately thought the worst of it. I do think she was hoping for a “wow” affect, Buzzfeed articles etc. But didn’t get that so she had to actually explain the painting which I do believe was painted by North.

    These art and painting classes are no joke. My niece is 9 and does watercolor painting classes and it honestly looks professional when she is done with her quarterly project .

  13. Sandra says:

    I never painted a day in my life. I can’t draw for sh*t. I took one of those drink cocktails and paint classes with my friends. I, too, produced a North West quality painting. So I believe North did this. Minus the cocktails.

    • MaryContrary says:

      Yes-one of my friends does this all the time. She did this with her husband and 2 kids and they now have 4 of the exact same painting.

  14. Merricat says:

    Every parent thinks their child is a genius, lol. Sorry, Kim, but you make your life a carnival; don’t be surprised that people see the greasepaint and assume the whole act is a sham.

  15. Porter says:

    What makes this so hard to believe is that Kim lies all the damn time. But I will say, my son is North’s age and some of his friends are showing some pretty amazing artistic talent already. I can believe that with good instruction a 7 year old could do this.

  16. Alisha says:

    She’s so full of it. Just go away Kim, and take your stable of useless narcissistic twit family members with you.

  17. Mel says:

    Kim needs to stop exposing her children to EVERYONE. She needs a private account with only friend and family. Let those kids grow up and make their own choices.

  18. Carol says:

    I will admit, if this were painted by a child named North Miller I would look at it and say cool, kid has some potential.

    It isn’t the age of the child that makes it unbelievable, it’s the messenger.

  19. Amelie says:

    Here’s a thought: maybe she should stop posting about her kids on social media! I know people like to share about their kids online but people can be so cruel, mean, and judgy. Why expose your kids to that kind of hate? Let kids get their own social media accounts when it’s age appropriate. She has a history of lying and being fake, she can’t be surprised when people question everything she posts. Send the picture to your friends and family and keep it private.

    But we all know she won’t do that.

    • ME says:

      But how will she get attention then? Her “nude pics” don’t get any attention anymore. The divorce rumors aren’t getting her much press either. Those poor kids will be used for publicity for years to come.

  20. Lunasf17 says:

    Most be nice to be so privileged that your 7 year old can take an oil painting class to develop their skills. Good for North if she is this talented but also acknowledge that she has the time, resources and schooling to paint this and many talented 7 year olds don’t get these opportunities.

    • ME says:

      That is the point Kim is missing. She doesn’t realize the whole world doesn’t live how she and her family do.

  21. Dani says:

    When I was in Mexico once I took a class with a local painter who made these GORGEOUS oil paint masterpieces with his index finger, a tiny piece of cardboard, and wipes. I was bewildered when I first watched him make one, and then within half an hour I was making one that no one believes I made. With good, constant instruction, anything is possible.

  22. Susan says:

    Why are we still talking about these people? Aren’t they sooo…2010s? One of my fever dream/fantasies of the social changes that arise from the pandemic/2020 upheaval era is that we stop giving shallow, ridiculous reality show humans (looking at you, BRAVO and Andy Cohen!) such airtime.

  23. ME says:

    Why does this bother Kim so much? She knew what she was doing by posting that artwork on the internet. Why not just enjoy the art your child produced and be done with it? Nope. She must brag to the world how much of a genius each and every one of her kids are. Kim, if you put it out there, people are going to speculate. Remember Kim you are a known liar. Why would anyone believe what you say? You just love attention and you got it. Oh when is the new season of your show starting? I bet soon right ???

  24. Ariel says:

    I am sure the child worked hard. But she is 7, get her life the heck off the internet.
    Then, problem solved.
    She doesn’t need the adoration (or criticism) of millions. She is SEVEN.

  25. MM2 says:

    The hate & rage for Kim, including her small children, is wild & bizarre. Hot damn, this mob mentality for a woman that has never hurt anyone else is fascinating in a really dark & sad way. Anyone triggered to an angry desire to control a woman just posting her kid’s artwork should sit in quiet for a while & wonder what is going on with them.

  26. shanaynay says:

    The daughter of the art instructor posted online that this is what all the kids are taught and that it’s essentially paint by numbers. She posted pictures of her own work that she did with her mom and it looks similar. It’s not freehand but it could be taught with an outline, which paints to use, etc.

  27. Mette says:

    Narcissists use their kids as an extension of their own self that needs to be externally validated and adored.

  28. C Dubya says:

    I feel like this was done on purpose in order to gin up press and do to a “clapback”. So she’s used her kid’s artwork to get in the celeb news cycle for a half a day. We shouldn’t really be reporting on celeb kids ever, but maybe I’m wrong? Would love to hear thoughts

  29. The Recluse says:

    She’s in a class learning technique, so she did this painting. Only time will tell whether she has the gift and not just a skillful hobby.

  30. Laura says:

    Sure she did this. Why not? I work as a concept artist now and painted or illustrated similar at the age of 7, tho I started drawing regular early around 4 years. It’s not mean to brag, I’m just stating kids can paint like this, as peers in my class at that time did too 🙂

  31. BountyHunter says:

    As a former K-12 Art teacher, yes, it is entirely possible!! This is clearly a class that teaches different techniques through structured assignments. The subject and manner of representation might not be entirely original, but she’s learning the skills to be able to move on to that.
    The kid did a really nice job! Geez, people it doesn’t mean you have to like KK.

  32. Silent Star says:

    I believe North painted that. Not because I believe Kim, but because I know 7 year olds are perfectly capable of that.

    But what’s so sad is that Kim has made her honesty so questionable that when she wants to share something genuinely wonderful about her own child, there’s no reason for people to believe her.

  33. Lauren says:

    I wish she would stop exploiting her children for likes. She is so thirsty.

  34. Natasha says:

    Kim shouldn’t push her kids in the spotlight if she doesn’t want to deal with criticism and trolls. She knows how this works. She’s milking the drama.

  35. Nedsdag says:

    This woman is her own worst enemy. She’s told more tales than the Brothers Grimm and she gets mad that people didn’t believe her daughter produced a paint-by-numbers picture all the kids made? I know she gets paid for social media posts, but if she’s so proud of her daughter’s painting, do what normal parents do: Get a frame and hang it in your living room.

  36. NYStateofMind says:

    She’s not wrong.