People think Kim Kardashian is throwing shade by posting a throwback photo of Caitlyn Jenner

People think Kim Kardashian is throwing shade by posting a throwback photo of Caitlyn Jenner

Kim Kardashian has been known to court controversy to her own ends. Whether she's baring it all in a Paper magazine editorial devised to "Break the Internet", or divorcing Kris Humphries after just 72 days and raking in a cool $18 million in the process, it's evident that the veritable ringleader of the Kardashian Klan has some serious business smarts.

However, it's not all work and no play for this reality television star. As Kim often proves to her 109 million followers on Instagram, she has a knack for poking fun at herself and contrarily throwing shade at others. So if you disregard the fact that she has millions in the bank, is married to Kanye West and ate her own placenta, it appears that Kim Kardashian isn't so far removed from us after all.

Now, fans have reason to suspect that the 37-year-old made a not-so-subtle diss at Caitlyn Jenner in a recent social media post.

The relationship between Kim Kardashian and Caitlyn Jenner has been strained for a while.

After the former Olympian came out as transgender, Kim was reportedly incredibly supportive. This all changed, however, when Jenner published her tell-all book, The Secrets of My Life. In it, the 68-year-old alleged that Kris Jenner - her ex-wife and Kim's mother - knew more about her gender identity than she previously let on.

She also implied that Kim's late father, Robert Kardashian, believed that his friend OJ Simpson was guilty of killing his wife Nicole Brown Simpson and waiter Ron Goldman - despite having served as the NFL star's defence attorney in the 1994 murder trial.

Then, in September, Kim called out Jenner in an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, asserting "I've always had Caitlyn's back. But she is a liar. She is not a good person". Two months later, Jenner disclosed that she hadn't actually spoken to her step-daughter in a year.

Given all of this, Kim's followers are giving her recent Instagram post - which features Caitlyn pre-transition, with the caption "TGIF" - some serious side-eye.

People believed it to be rather insensitive to share an image of Caitlyn before her transition, stating that it could be read as an attack on her gender identity. "Why do I feel as if this is meant to be messy," one Instagram user wrote, while another corroborated "Damn, there is no place you won't go".

A third individual added, "Is this Kim throwing shade at Caitlyn or is it just me?"

While Caitlyn also has a rocky relationship with her other step-children, Kourtney, Khloè, and Rob, she is purportedly close with her two biological daughters, Kendall and Kylie. The American television personality even attended Kendall's 22nd birthday party in November, along with Kris and Kim. "Kris and Caitlyn only had a brief interaction to say hello, but everyone seemed fine,” a source told People. "They were all focused on making it a special birthday for Kendall."

And despite their estrangement in April of 2017, Kim Kardashian disclosed to Ellen Degeneres that she would "always love" Jenner for all she did to help raise her and her sisters.