A plus-size woman had the perfect response to Instagram after they apologised for deleting photos of her in a swimsuit.
Aarti Olivia Dubey is a Singaporian-Indian blogger and recently posed with three curvy friends for a body positive bikini shoot for Cleo magazine. However, when she later posted a collage of these snaps to Instagram, they were unceremoniously removed without explanation.
The images weren’t in breach of the social media platforms rules that ban "violent, nude, partially nude, discriminatory, unlawful, infringing, hateful, pornographic or sexually suggestive photos", and were just like the millions of poolside pics that get uploaded each day – except hers featured a plus-sized woman.
Close to two weeks later Dubey received an apology citing that its removal was a “mistake” and that Instagram have restored the image and “sincerely apologise for this error”, but she wasn’t having any of it.
In reply, she posted a screenshot of the apology with the words: “Dear @instagram this is a little too late after I had to deal with all the bloody trolls and haters last week. You have placed the image back but at what cost?
“Check your latent fatphobia. Check your guidelines and policies. 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.”
The incident has by no means stopped Dubey from rocking her favourite swimsuit and she told BuzzFeed: "This is me, existing as a fat Indian girl in a stereotypically skinny Asian world.
"The expectations placed on our bodies and appearance is unrealistic since we don’t all look the same but we’re expected to be a size 4 with fair skin and delicate features."
Defiantly sharing more images of herself in a more in depth blog piece, Dubey is determined to continue to advocate for self-acceptance despite the hate that may come her way.
“So this is the kind of body that generates animosity. A body with cellulite, thick thighs, a large derriere and not-so-perfectly stacked breasts; because even when one appreciates a fuller figured woman she ‘should’ be rid of blemishes, physical imperfections and must adhere to what the male gaze considers attractive," she wrote.
“A plus sized woman ‘should not’ show her cellulite or love handles, she should not display her flabby flappy arms, she should not show her double chin and if she is to be shown appreciation, the least she could be is pretty. Sorry not Sorry for the disappointment people.
“The lesson here my dear friends, is that in a world where bodies like mine are still regarded with blind hate and faux-concern..there is only one way to get through the muck. And that is to rise above it, create ripples of change and move forward.”