Brittany Perille found her very popular Instagram account suspended on Thursday, after the fitness trainer posted a video of her bare, pregnant belly. Keep in mind, she's posted tons of pictures of her abs when they were ripped, but now that those muscles are stretched over a growing human baby, some people apparently find it inappropriate for her to show them at all.
In an interview with People, the 27-year-old says that she thinks some of her almost one million followers were freaked out by seeing her body in a way they weren't used to, and she was reported for "nudity." She told the magazine,
I have posted tons of exercise videos working out in a public gym wearing athletic sports bras and yoga pants, but this time it was different. This video was the first video—I had yet to share my new body, my mommy-to-be body. This video showcased my new baby bump where my washboard abs used to be. I guess my six-month-pregnant belly was too much for Instagram to handle.
She continued, "I couldn’t believe I was shut down for posting a bare belly pregnancy workout video. I didn’t understand how my video was seen as violating Instagram’s community guidelines of no 'nudity.'"
She also says that since her pregnancy she's started receiving body shaming comments on her Instagram pictures and videos, something that didn't happen much before. She explained,
So many people have been conditioned to think women are "out of shape" and handicapped while being pregnant. Being pregnant doesn’t mean you have to be ashamed of your constantly changing growing body and it sure doesn’t mean stopping all exercising my body was conditioned to do before getting pregnant. I believe this is why I have received much negativity.
Perille's Instagram account has since been reinstated, but the suspension still put a ding in her business. She said, "Being told by Instagram [that] my account has been 'permanently deactivated' had cost me my sponsorship with Legion Athletics Supplement Company and also halted the online sales of my program."
Folks, it's okay. She's pregnant now, but it's not forever. And her body is no more or less nude in the same sports bra and bike shorts than it was before she was pregnant. If you don't like it, unfollow, but reporting her is a little underhanded.