When Instagram decided to take down one of her bikini photos, a plus-size blogger went on a rant against the social media site. Internet trolls had complained about her photo and so it was removed.
Aarti Olivia Dubey is an Indian-Singaporean model and blogger who did a photo shoot with Singaporean magazine. She posted a behind the scenes shot on her Instagram account—and that’s when the controversy started.
In the photo, Dubey and two other plus-size models are shown smiling toward the camera while wearing swimwear. This was a post from May 21. Other users reported the photo to the Web site and it was taken down by the Instagram controllers.
Dubey was so angry at the site she ranted about it and the people who reported the photo. She wrote,
“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? I am so disappointed and beyond livid right now. No thanks to you (Instagram) 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.”
Dubey has a massive following of almost 17,000 on Instagram. She is the woman behind the blog Curves Become Her. She says taking down the photo violates her right to free speech.
She feels that the Web site has double standards because they allow so many nearly nude and much more showy photos to remain uploaded. The three curvy women in their bathing suits is in no way a violation of their photo guidelines.
This is the response e-mail she was sent after the photo was deleted:
“A member of our team accidentally removed something from you posted on Instagram. This was a mistake and we sincerely apologise for this error.”
After she received the explanatory e-mail, the photo of Dubey, Ratna Devi Manokaran, and Rani Dhaschainey was restored to her account.