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Keke Palmer Explains Why It Can Be Hard To Be Authentic In A Kardashian World

"[Kylie] went and did apparently everything the world deems as beautiful. The even crazier part is that everybody loves her for it."

Keke Palmer isn't into the whole perfection thing. Whether she's opening up about getting therapy or just dancing in a convenience store, the actress/singer/author is making a name for herself doing something that some artists don't even attempt — being her authentic self.

As Keke explained during an interview with Yahoo Beauty this week, we live in the age of social media — everyone has something to say about everyone else and they all have a platform with which to say it. Add to that equation public figures like the Kardashians — who, arguably, built an empire on the illusion of physical perfection — and being less than perfect can feel like a dangerous choice.

"So often people feel like, you know what, I'm just going to beat them to the punch and either degrade myself or be so d*mn perfect they have nothing to say. We've seen extremes of that," she said. "In the sense of the Kardashians, it's like, I'm going to show you so much perfect and be everything a woman should be or everything a man would like or love. And I'm going to be exactly that so you can't bully me anymore."

"Specifically in the situation with Kylie, where you've had a young girl people have seen on television since she was a kid and they literally told her she was so ugly — the ugly person in the family," she continued. "She went and did apparently everything the world deems as beautiful. The even crazier part is that everybody loves her for it."

While that may be advantageous for Kylie, it sets a dangerous precedent, as Keke later explained.

"What I find interesting is that this is something that is being displayed to my generation — showing young girls, young guys that if you do everything that society wants you to be, not only will you be praised for it but you will make money for it," Keke explained. "You can be profitable for not being who you truly are."

"That's the thing we really have to be careful of and why I'm so honest about everything I'm going through — whether that's sadness, happiness, depression, anger, boredom, whatever it may be," she went on. "We all go through it. And I feel really grateful to be in the industry for as long as I've been and to have people who have been with me this long in my career and stand on a platform and say, 'It's all a gag!'"

Preach, Keke! Do you agree with her? Sound off in the comments below.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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