Kim Kardashian Has Discovered the Joy of the Instagram Filter

Kim Kardashian Has Discovered the Joy of the Instagram Filter
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Let’s all welcome Kim Kardashian to 2009, an era in which color-saturated Instagram filters are at an all-time high. Thing is, it’s actually 2017, and everyone but Kardashian has let their old-school Kelvin and 1977 filters fall by the wayside. Kardashian, on the other hand, has pretty much exclusively posted grainy, filter-y, low-fi photos since she returned to Instagram after taking a three-month break.

As you may remember, Kardashian’s hiatus was precipitated by a brutal robbery in Paris in early October of last year—and then she went dark on social media. When she returned a couple of days after ringing in the new year, she began posting exclusively one type of photo: faded, washed-out, maybe a touch removed from reality. Apparently, the first handful were all part of a bunch of photographs by Kanye West’s creative director Eli Russell Linnetz, according to a source via Us Weekly.

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“Kim is obsessed,” the source told Us. “She loves the way they look.” So much so, in fact, that she has continued to post in this manner, even after she ran out of pics snapped by Linnetz. According to TMZ, the pics were shot at music producer Rick Rubin’s house in Malibu, after West’s hospitalization, “as a place to escape and get his mind right.”

Kardashian’s more recent shots—flying on a private jet, chilling with her sisters by the pool in Costa Rica, giving off some “weekend vibes” on the couch—are not all from the Linnetz shoot, but they all have a similar filtered quality. Ahead, have a look at Kardashian’s favorite new “vibe.”

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"Family," Kim wrote on her first post in three months, featuring—well, her family.

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This one is titled, "my son."

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No comment, only filter.

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"❤❤️👶🏽👧🏽 ," she wrote.

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"👱🏿 ," Kim wrote, putting the emoji customization options to good use.

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"Mom," she wrote.

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This pic, posted a week after her return to Instagram, was the seventh in a series that was deliberately family-focused, filtered, and completely different from her former selfie-centric shots.

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"my boys ❤️ ," she wrote.

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"He always has my back 😜 ," she wrote of her husband.

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"❤️ ," she posted.

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Continuing to put emojis to good use, Kim kept the caption short and simple: "👶🏽🎂 ."

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For some reason, Kim chose to break the streak with a (still heavily filtered) photo of herself with Scott Disick en route to Dubai. OK.

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"Dubai," she wrote.

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She even kept the filters going for a plug for CosmeSurge.

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"Travel buddies," she wrote of herself and assistant/BFF Stephanie Sheppard.

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"Thank you Dubai for the jet lag 💋," she wrote.

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She went way over the top with the filter in this one.

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"If you only knew... #WaitForIt #KUWTK #ThePopOff," she wrote.

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Kim even found a way to filter Obama. #Talent.

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x2.

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x3.

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Kim even went so far as to filter a shot from the international women's marches on January 21 of this year.

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Filtered in Chanel in Costa Rica.

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Filtered jumping off a ledge in Costa Rica.

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She even found a way to filter herself on a couch.

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