Instagram removed pictures of Aarti Olivia Dubey and her friends in bikinis because they dared to be fat.
On May 21, Singapore-based fashion blogger Aarti Olivia Dubey posted a photo of herself and two other women (Rani Dhaschainey and Ratna Devi Manokaran) in bikinis to Instagram. The next day, the post was removed for "violating community standards." Weird, right? Instagram has lots of photos of women in bikinis—oh wait, could it be because the women in this picture had the audacity to not be thin?
The offending picture was from a photoshoot the ladies had done for a Singaporean magazine article on bikinis and plus-sized people. Dubey took to her blog's Facebook account, Curves Become Her, where she shared the picture and explained what had happened/expressed her outrage.
The full text reads:
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.