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Instagram has long been home to scantily clad young females. See: Kendall Jenner, Jen Selter, or any girl who wore wings at the Victoria Secret Fashion Show. However, risqué photos no longer fly on Instagram if you’re not hot enough.
Samm Newman was officially given the boot from the photo-sharing media site on July 12. The nineteen-year-old Central Ohio University student posted this photo with the caption “I [heart] my belly.” I get that; I couldn’t be more proud of my dad gut. But without warning, her account was disabled.
Technically speaking, the case could be made that the photo broke the sharing terms of the site, which explicitly state that users may not post partially nude photos…but, let’s get real. I follow Chrissy Teigen passionately. If this photo is considered “partially nude,” then isn’t any bikini picture ever taken? And if every bikini picture is hence banned from Instagram, what’s the point of Instagram?
This came as a tough blow for a young lady who was sharing her affection for her body as a member of the self-love community, especially considering how she explained it’s a form of therapy and an antidote to depression caused by years of bullying. Bullying that almost led her to commit suicide in 2012. Kudos to Instagram for obliterating her self-esteem and probably destroying years of therapy.
Let’s compare Newman’s mirror selfie to some of the most followed accounts. Per square inch of skin, proportionally Newman was covering more. See for yourself:
I’m by no means advocating the expulsion of risqué photos. Just let the girl share her stuff. If you don’t like it, don’t follow her.
[via Business Insider]