Plus-Sized Blogger Fires Back After Instagram Removes Bikini Photo
Aarti Olivia Dubey Wears a Bikini
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Plus-Sized Blogger Fires Back After Instagram Removes Bikini Photo

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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?”

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.

“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.