Kim Kardashian receives backlash over topless photo taken by daughter, North West

The reality star said the photo was taken by her daughter, North West.

It also appears from the photo, shared Thursday, that her daughter took the photo as North appears in the image with a flash covering her face.

On Twitter the response was swift, with people calling the photo "disturbing" and "messed up."

Piers Morgan, one of the many critics, wrote that the photo was "pathetic & creepy."

Still, others defended the photo saying that they're glad Kardashian "does whatever...she wants now."

ABC News reached out to a rep for Kardashian, but has yet to hear back.

Kardshian, 37, previously said in a 2015 interview with Elle magazine -- after giving birth to North -- that she shows more skin now that she's a mother.

Kardashian added that despite becoming a mother she prioritizes taking "5% or 10% for yourself a day."

"It won't just make the difference in your confidence, but also your sanity," she continued in Elle. "I mean there are times where sometimes I couldn't even wash my hair if I didn't have help. I couldn't even figure it out."

The reality star concluded, "I think once you just set boundaries and how you're going to parent -- everyone parents differently so I hate to be that person to tell them how anyone should parent, I think whatever works for you works."