Did Fat-Shaming Lead Instagram To Suspend This Girl’s Account?

The photo app says it made a mistake, but certain questions remain.

Samm Newman felt great about posting a pic of her lingerie-clad self to Instagram, but apparently the photo sharing app didn’t agree with her body-positive message.

The 19 year-old college student uploaded this photo of herself in a bra and boyshorts, an outfit that’s standard fare for an awful lot of Instagram selfies. But shortly thereafter, Newman discovered that her account had been suspended for the nebulous offense of “violating community guidelines” — and users of Instagram think that the size of the woman in the photo might have had something to do with that.

Samm Newman

Although Instagram reinstated Samm as a user after the story broke on NBC4i, claiming that the removal of her account had been “a mistake,” fans believe she’s rightfully irritated at her photo being flagged in the first place on a forum that’s absolutely rife with pictures of ladies in similar states of undress. To them, it’s just more evidence of the size discrimination that tells people with bigger bodies they’re not allowed to love the skin they’re in.

“Fat is not a bad word,” Newman told NBC. “How confident can you be if you keep censoring yourself because people don’t want to look at you? I’m going to make a difference in the world, regardless of whether Instagram cooperates or not.”

And considering how quickly Instagram changed its tune after being called out, hopefully this will be the last time that the photo-sharing app seemingly tries to infringe upon this fierce dame’s divine right to be on the internet in her underwear.