Kim Kardashian West appeared on The Today Show to discuss the launch of her new shapewear line, SKIMS and the lupus test she had on the season 17 premiere of Keeping Up With the Kardashians last Sunday (Sept. 8).
On the latest episode of her family’s reality TV show, Kardashian West talked to Dr. Daniel Wallace over the phone about her test results after coming into his office with swollen hands and pain in her wrists. He responded her “antibodies are positive for Lupus and rheumatoid arthritis” before assuring her that false positives were a possibility.
“I did find out, we’re going to talk about it on next Sunday,” Kardashian West told Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie. “We figured out what the problem is, and I unfortunately had to get put on medication to stop the symptoms.”
Kardashian West also opened up about how auto-immune issues are “really scary,” mentioning the small depression she underwent thinking about “every worse possibility of what’s going to happen.”
Kotb and Guthrie later interviewed her about SKIMS, her renamed shapewear line after its previous label, Kimono, was labeled culturally insensitive. Kardashian West said she took a day to sit with the backlash of her initial announcement before changing the name.
“I’m so inspired by the Japanese culture, I didn’t understand that it would’ve been offensive,” she responded. “I understood what people were saying, and I would never want to intentionally disrespect a culture, I would never want to intentionally also hurt my brand and have that association.”
SKIMS is a Kardashian West staple, confessing “three pairs of shapewear” is how she gets her body back after having a baby. And to Alice Johnson, the woman Kardashian West helped free from prison who is also one of the models in the SKIMS promos, she states, “This shapewear makes me feel free.”
“That was really exciting for me just to start a brand that I feel like is a necessity,” Kardashian West continued to tell Kotb and Guthrie. “Sometimes it’s not the coolest thing to talk about and it’s not really modernized, but I wanted people and women to feel confident and comfortable.”