‘KUWTK’ Fans Don’t Get Why the Kardashians Are So Obsessed With Tanning

The Kardashians are widely considered to be America’s first family of reality television. They conquered the television landscape before turning their attention to business, and several of their ventures (including Kylie Jenner‘s cosmetics company) have become wildly successful.

While the family has many fans, both in the United States and all around the world, they have critics as well. Many people over the years have found fault with the family, and the way that they seem to obsess over looks.

Recently, some fans on Reddit discussed one particular obsession that the family seems to have, and why they aren’t on board with it. 

How did the Kardashian family become famous?

Kylie Jenner on the red carpet
Kylie Jenner | Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

In 2007, Keeping Up with the Kardashians premiered on television, and reality television would never be the same. The show originally featured Kris Jenner, Bruce Jenner, and their children, including Kim, Kourtney, Khloé, and Rob Kardashian, along with younger siblings Kylie and Kendall Jenner.

In addition to the core family group, supporting players included Brandon Jenner and Brody Jenner (children from previous relationships) and a plethora of family friends.

The show has undergone many changes over the years, from the format of the show to the opening theme music. Still, the Kardashian-Jenners have many fans, and few can question the fact that the family loves each other. These days, the family has grown to include many young children and babies, and the original show has spawned a number of spinoffs. 

The Kardashians have received criticism for their physical alterations

From the very beginning of the show, the Kardashians were accused of being materialistic. Raised in privilege in an expensive neighborhood, the Kardashians seemed to grow more and more fond of designer things as the years progressed.

Their appearances also underwent major changes. Rumors of plastic surgery have dogged the family for years, especially the youngest sibling Kylie Jenner. Many fans believe that Jenner has completely overhauled her appearance, beginning with her lip fillers several years ago.

Khloe Kardashian, too, has gone through a major physical transformation. While she credits her changing appearance to a lot of time at the gym, many critics don’t buy it and have slammed the star for promoting unrealistic body standards.

In fact, many people believe that the only member of the family who hasn’t gone under the knife is the diminutive Kourtney Kardashian. 

Fans think that the Kardashians are obsessed with being tan

There are a few distinct physical characteristics that the Kardashian-Jenners seem to gravitate toward — not all of them natural. The family definitely has a preference for being tan, although they have never clarified whether they prefer their tan to come from a bottle or from regular spray tans.

Recently, some fans on Reddit talked about the family’s love of being tan, and how they seem “obsessed” with being darker than they actually are.

One poster stated that Kylie Jenner, along with the rest of her family, seems to want to “look racially ambiguous and ‘exotic.'”

Some speculated that their love of being tan could come from the theory that being tan can make someone look thinner. The original post included a recent picture of Kylie Jenner, the lip kit maven who normally appears very tan in photos.

The more recent photo revealed her natural skin tone, which is considerably lighter than the image that she presents on social media — lending further weight to the comments that she, as well as the other Kardashian-Jenners, is truly obsessed with looking like a different ethnicity entirely.