Plus-Size Blogger’s Bikini Photo Got Removed on Instagram

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Plus-size writer Aarti Olivia Dubey of Curves Become Her recently posted a photo on Istagram where she and 2 other plus-size models were wearing bikinis – shortly after, the image got removed for not following the platform’s guidelines. Here’s the blogger’s response:

“Instagram THIS is the image that was reported by fat shamers and trolls, and YOU deleted it.
HOW is this image being hateful, hurtful, abusive, trolling or obscene? Do 3 fat girls in swimsuits equate to gore, porn, racism, sexism? Or is it that people only want to see slim girls in swimsuits?
IF this image is reported and deleted again, please trust that I WILL pursue this matter just like @rupikaur_ did when her image of lying in a period stain was removed (she is referring to this story).
I am so disappointed and beyond livid right now. No Thanks to you and the people who had the gall to report this image, for making me feel so badly this Monday morning about my existence as a brown fat woman.
My dear friends on social media, if you would like to help, please do so by reposting this image and sharing this post all over social media platforms, as many as you like.”

She continued in a lengthy post on her blog – read it all here:

Take a good look at us three. Do you know what we have in common? The belief that Any Body deserves to look good in what they wear. Be it a swimsuit, a pair of jeans, a dress, lingerie, a crop top.
We have seen and heard the shaming directed towards us. We have also seen plus size role models in the West – be it bloggers, models, magazines or advocates – teach us that the world will judge you no matter what and that does not mean you go into hiding.
While shooting for this, I realised how I hadn’t been around other plus size friends in swimwear and This made me reflect on how important it is to stay visible despite the hate that might come your way. Because while ppl might shame you, there will be people who look upon you with respect for Who You Are.
Follow more body positive people online. Screen who follows you and who you choose to be inspired by or you can relate to. Surround yourself with that and you will see that: 1) you’re definitely not alone in this and 2) you are not supposed to be at war with yourself all the time.
And if few celebrate your personal triumphs, it is okay to feel sad but remember that That is not something you have control of. Take charge of what you Can control – your sense of self, your self respect and willingness to view the world with different perspectives.”

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37 thoughts on “Plus-Size Blogger’s Bikini Photo Got Removed on Instagram”

  1. This actually disgusts me. The hypocrisy of Instagram for removing this post is overwhelming.

    Instagram has SO MUCH p-o-r-n, often in the disguise of fitness inspiration or “fashion.” I’ve also seen a lot of hateful messages, racist/classist content on accounts with many followers that never get removed.

    Maybe if enough people report something it is automatically removed? How rude though. Just don’t look at the pics if you hate fat people.

  2. Here’s the thing: so long as she has never ever in her entire life made a comment along the lines of “that person is too skinny…” otherwise hypocrisy right there.

    Regardless, there is nothing any more obscene in that photo than the millions of other gratuitous over-sharing photos online already.

    • She can think other women are too skinny without reporting their posts.

      I think these women are too fat to be healthy or to be aspirational, but they have every right to flaunt what they’ve got without people trying to kick them off social media.

  3. People should just ignore them if they don’t like them. When they reported their image, they just gave them more reasons to “fight against”. Thus more attention.

    BTW, I’m slightly bothered of how terrible the fitting the bra of the woman in the middle is. It happens even with skinny models but it’s more obvious with the plus size ones.

  4. I feel insta should never remove anything unless its war propaganda like isis stuff.
    Her post jas nothing bad on it. I do think they all look terrible tho. Sprry but hair looks fried and body too big, looks as unhelthy as tess

  5. They’re absolutely right. The kind of sh*t they allow on Instagram and they take down this picture of 3 smiling women?? For what? They’re not attractive to men? Shows who runs the world…

    • “shows who runs the world” – Wow, I never thought of it that way. You’re right – they just don’t look all that appealing to *most people* sexually speaking, so they got their pictures taken down…I bet men who were just as obese and wearing speedos would be able to post whatever they wanted to without “offending” other people.

    • To be fair, I think it is a leap to blame this on men. It may be true, but I don’t see many men rummaging through these posts and leaving comments. And if you hadn’t noticed, this site is developed specially to provide viewers (who appear to mostly be female) an opportunity to evaluate and discuss the aesthetics of female celebrity bodies. I would also venture to say that most men on the prowl on Instagram looking for ‘p—‘ and thin/fit chicks won’t take the time to complain about pictures of girls they aren’t attracted to. They’re more likely to grimace and continue scrolling.

    • I think Beyonce asked and answered the question to “who run the world,” and it wasn’t dudes. I’m so confused!

  6. I’m appalled that a) people are horrible enough to report them to instagram (for what? Liking themselves more than they “should”?), and b) Instagram responded to such inanity. Indefensible.

    Oh, and good on these women for feeling confident and liking themselves enough to not use 20 filters and airbrush themselves into oblivion. They have way more confidence than 99% of insta users who post selfies and strategic bum shots!

      • She didn’t shame the insta girls’ bodies… If you think about it, it does take more guts to share a picture of yourself with bad lighting, no filter, no photoshop, cellulite and rolls showing (like these 3 ladies), than to share one extremely edited and posed (like most insta models). I don’t like either of them but I think Ellia is right.

        • Good point. It’s sort of pathetic when people perfect themselves before sharing. I often wonder what they look like in person.

        • no I meant that Ellia is saying that 99 percent of the girls there on insta dont have confidence. I think it’s messed up to make fun of plus sized girls and to the “perfect” “pretty” girls of insta as if they arent human. That if a pretty girl posts something of herself its only becuase she feels the need for the validation cause she’s pretty on the outside but empty on the inside.

          • Oh, I see what you mean. So yeah, it takes more guts to share an unflattering photo but it doesn’t make you an insecure bimbo if you share a flattering one.

          • I didn’t say anything about being pretty or not. I was commenting on the women who post extremely airbrushed pics of themselves.

            And commenting on the irony that these women are refreshingly honest with their instagram pics, and they’re bloody reported for it and censored.

  7. LOL at the magazine saying, thigh gap = bikini body, says WHO!? SAYS MAGAZINES LIKE YOU FOR OVER 40 YEARS OMG how stupid can you get.

    While I don’t think instagram should have deleted the photo, I disagree that ‘every body has the right to look good in what they wear’. Yeah I mean don’t hate yourself for eating a little too much but where is it written that you have a RIGHT to be seen as beautiful/to look good? Many people find overweight bodies unattractive. Get over it. It isn’t a human right to be seen as good looking or something. JFC….

    • I don’t think it was meant that way. I think what she was trying to say was that there should be nice clothing for all the different bodies out there, which makes sense to me. I actually found it refreshing that she was not saying this ‘everyone is beautiful’ crap.

  8. People should have the freedom to choose to be fat, but I don’t think it should be promoted anymore than anorexic models

  9. WAIT!!!!!! Why would someone post a pic of her period stain!! glad instagram removed it!!! so absurd!!! next thing ppl will share their poop or piss!! so so nasty!

  10. dear americans! the time you spent hating your fat people you should invest in teaching girls about nutrition and how to eat healthy, starting in kindergarden. you should rase your kids to be respectfull to their and other bodies. what is there to be disgusting? a human being who needs help and in seek of a respect. but you are all brainwashed from your billion dollars heavy diet industry that needs you to spend more and hate on each other and VS models are your sacred cows.

    • Its not just the nutrition though. There is a lack of availability to healthy foods in America. Fat burgers, pizza and junk food are in abundance all across America. They dominate actually. Healthy fruits and vegetables are scarce and cost a lot more. There is no such thing as healthy “on-the-go” food.

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