Kim Zolciak-Biermann Comforts Daughter Over Body Insecurities But Admits 'I Paid for a Stomach'
"My ideal prom dress is to just have something that shows off more of my waist, because that's about the only tiny thing I have on me," Ariana said
The teenager got candid about her struggles when she tried on prom dresses, in a scene filmed for the Bravo show last March, when she was 16.
“My ideal prom dress is to just have something that shows off more of my waist, because that’s about the only tiny thing I have on me,” Ariana said, in a self-deprecating comment. “It’s horrifying.”
Breaking down as she tried on potential gowns, Ariana sobbed that she didn’t like her body’s shape. “I look like a teapot,” she said — pointing to her mother’s slim figure. “This is [a size 8]! Your stomach is like, a size 4.”
Kim attempted to comfort her daughter, explaining, “I paid for a stomach!”
“You’re beautiful,” Kim said. “I love you, you’re beautiful the way you are. You have to accept yourself.”
“I definitely think that Ariana’s gotten a little more self-conscious about her appearance. She’s 16. Nothing looks right, nothing fits right,” Kim told audiences. “Oh my god, it breaks my heart. But this is my time to encourage her. You know, believe in yourself. You’re beautiful. Embrace it.”
Her words didn’t help Ariana, who lamented about her height (“I am 5’2; this is for someone who is like, 5’9!”) and how the dress caused spillage in her bustline.
“It’s all this right here,” she told her mom and sister Brielle Biermann. “I don’t want that! You’ve been skinny your whole life, you don’t get it. … I don’t look skinny in that dress, I don’t.”
To help, Kim tried on Ariana’s dress — showing that, though she appeared to have a skinny waist, even she couldn’t fit into the gown. “You’re sadly mistaken.” Kim said, “My tits are five times your size. I cannot zip it. So you think you’re so fat? [You’re wrong].”
In the end, Kim’s tactic seemed to work. “I feel better about myself now that my mom can’t fit into it because I feel like she’s so tiny and if she can’t fit into it, then maybe we’re not so different in size,” Ariana said.
She ended up choosing a strapless floral dress with a fitted bodice and flowing A-line skirt. “Knowing that I can eat anything that I want and my food baby won’t be showing is what really helped me make my decision,” she joked.
Ariana also admitted in the episode that she’s been making more of an effort on her style lately.
“I went through puberty,” she told her sister, later denying claims that she was copying Brielle and Kim’s lookalike style. “I think I realize that I just feel prettier with makeup on than when I dress up. Rather than just wearing basketball shorts. … I don’t know why I ever wore those. I just like the lashes and my hair done. I’m just a girl. I just want to be me — the prettiest girl that has ever been me.”
Her mom was glad to see her daughter’s joy. “She’s always been the light of my life, even through the hardest times,” Kim said. “I love that she’s really happy and I’m extremely proud of her.”
Later, Ariana and Brielle, 21, both confronted Kim over her skin-bearing wardrobe.
“You should be wearing something that mom’s wear, like Vineyard Vines,” Ariana said.
“No they wear those slack looking pants,” Brielle added, enthusiastically.
Kim wasn’t having it. “Not happening,” she said. “Don’t you think I look good for 40?”
“I’m very thankful,” she added. “Like, I still have the chance to wear something sleezy at 40.”
Don’t Be Tardy airs Sundays (9 p.m. ET) on Bravo.