Plus-Sized Blogger Fires Back After Instagram Removes Bikini Photo
Plus-sized blogger Aarti Olivia Dubey’s bikini photo — which featured her and two plus-sized pals, also in bikinis — was “accidentally” removed from Instagram, and she’s rightfully upset.
The 34-year-old posted the photo on May 22, and woke up the next day to find the social media platform had removed it.
Aarti re-posted the snap, which was part of a piece for the June issue of CLEO magazine about her fear of wearing a bikini in public, and gave Instagram a piece of her mind.
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“How is this image being hateful, hurtful, abusive, trolling or obscene?” she fired back in the new caption. “Do three fat girls in swimsuits equate to gore, porn, racism, sexism? Or is it that people only want to see slim girls in swimsuits?”
@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. 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. #bodypositive #celebratemysize #pizzasisters4lyfe #fuckfatphobia #losehatenotweight #nobodyshame #plussize #effyourbeautystandards #woc #intersectionalfeminism #fashionblogger #sizediversity #sgblogger #igsg #plussizesg #southasian #singaporean #girllove
She added, “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.”
“It’s very clear that the image was flagged because people are still uncomfortable and hateful of fat bodies,” Aarti tells Us Weekly.
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The Curves Become Her blogger — who once battled bulimia — received an apology from Instagram two weeks later saying someone on their team “accidentally removed” the post, but Aarti wasn’t convinced.
She shared the letter on, you guessed it, Instagram, and accepted the apology, but also explained why she was so angry with the “too late” attempt to make amends.
Dear @instagram this is a little too late after I had to deal with all the bloody trolls and haters last week. It's almost TWO weeks. So I accept your apology Instagram but it does not change a thing. You have placed the image back but at what cost? Please remember that if this ever happens again, I assure you it will be a battle cry I will announce because You are answerable to ALL of my plus size friends for removing their images or accounts on Instagram or Facebook. Check your latent fatphobia. Check your guidelines and policies. Take better care of the people who use your services as a means of staying connected to oceans of people who just want to exist as people. Fat, brown, lgbt, disabled and many other intersections deserve RESPECT and not to be trolled by anonymous private accounts with no life. Sincerely, a fat brown woman. #plussize #woc #intersectionalfeminism #fatacceptance #psblogger #bodypositive #nobodyshame #losehatenotweight #fuckfatphobia #igsg #southasian #effyourbeautystandards
“Check your latent fatphobia. Check your guidelines and policies. Take better care of the people who use your services as a means of staying connected to oceans of people who just want to exist as people,” the psychotherapist wrote. “Fat, brown, lgbt, disabled and many other intersections deserve RESPECT and not to be trolled by anonymous private accounts with no life.”
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Aarti, who once avoided wearing a bikini for fear of backlash from others, participated in another shoot for CLEO on June 5 to celebrate herself after the backlash. And you better believe she wore a bikini.
Fat girls can't be happy. They can't be fashionable. They shouldn't embrace themselves. They should be ashamed of their big bodies. They should do something about it. They're glorifying unhealthiness. At least if you're fat don't have ugly cellulite or a big belly or flabby arms or a double chin or an uneven pair of breasts. Why the hell would I listen to that hogwash? Who asked you to be the judge of me? What do you know about me? Why am I only here for your objectification or approval? These are some of the things I wrote about in the blog post. Nobody has the authority to preside over any body and act superior or give 'concern'. No. You don't have that right over personal autonomy. #woc #fatacceptance #nobodyshame #losehatenotweight #psblogger #plussize #plussizeswimwear #fuckfatphobia #effyourbeautystandards #fatshion #fashionblogger #intersectionalfeminism #igsg #southasian #plussizesg #curvesinasia #singaporean #indian #swimsuitsforall