Whether or not you keep up with the Kardashian-Jenner clan, it was hard to miss the media storm surrounding Kylie Jenner’s pregnancy.
Rumors began to circulate last September that the 20-year-old was expecting her first child with boyfriend Travis Scott. The gossip was met with radio silence from Kylie, who happened to put a sudden stop to her normally active social media presence around the same time.
Although there were peeks of Kylie on her siblings’ accounts in the months that followed, she didn’t officially end her social media hiatus until early February with confirmation of the birth of her daughter, Stormi Webster.
After apologizing to her fans via Instagram for keeping them in the dark for so long, she dropped an 11-minute video documenting her entire pregnancy — and it basically broke the internet.
Kylie had been running her Instagram account per usual in the few months since Stormi’s birth, even sharing adorable photos of her little one now and then. But this week, that all changed.
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The reality star introduced her daughter to the world via Instagram on February 6, five days after Stormi was born. Kylie shared this sweet photo on her account, captioning it, “stormi webster 👼🏽.”
As Kylie settled into life as a new mom, she began sharing more and more snapshots of her daughter. She posted a picture of herself holding Stormi on March 1, writing, “My angel baby is 1 month old today.”
Travis, 26, then took to Instagram several days later to share a different picture of Stormi — her first full-face shot.
After Stormi made her initial Instagram debut, Kylie began frequently updating her Snapchat stories with glimpses of her daughter.
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In the past few weeks, Kylie has stuck to posting shots reminiscent of her pre-Stormi life: vacation pictures, red carpet photos, selfies with pals, and glimpses of products from her makeup line.
It also appears as though she’s still dating Stormi’s dad, Travis. Here, they pose for a dreamy photo while on vacation in Turks and Caicos.
But Where's Stormi?
Kylie has recently taken up the habit of obscuring her daughter’s face in shots posted on her social media accounts.
Here, Kylie’s hair keeps us from getting a clear view of the now 4-month-old.
Fans could see little more than Stormi’s forehead and legs in this shot from Kylie’s nieces’ birthday party in early June.
So What Gives?
Kylie took to Instagram Monday to share this selfie showing the tiniest sliver of Stormi’s face. It’s a far cry from the photos she’d shared across social media weeks ago.
Fans commented on Kylie’s photo with a mix of jokes and questions about her decision to cut Stormi’s face out of the image, prompting a response from the reality star herself.
“yeah i cut my baby out,” she replied to one commenter. “I’m not sharing photos of my girl right now.”
Fans then noticed that Kylie had scrubbed her account clean of all photos of Stormi’s face — including this one from her and Travis’ Turks and Caicos trip.
This shot — Kylie’s tribute to her daughter on the day she turned 3 months old — has also been deleted from Instagram, although it remains on Kylie’s Facebook page.
One anonymous insider told People that Kylie’s decision is rooted in a desire to protect her daughter from “nasty comments.”
“Kylie is shocked and doesn’t want her daughter’s pictures to be a part of something negative,” the source dished. “She might reconsider in the future, but for now, she won’t post any more photos of Stormi’s face.”
Kylie herself has yet to elaborate on the reasoning behind her decision to delete the pictures, but regardless, you’ve got to admire her fierce mama bear instincts to protect Stormi. It’s important to remember that regardless of how famous and accessible they seem, celebrities are just people like us — and they have feelings, too.