Model attacked for encouraging body positivity in Instagram ad is forced to remove them

From an attempt to address online shaming to overhauling the website’s algorithm, an earnestness from the major social media players on the problem of body shaming has been in evidence since the New Year….

Model attacked for encouraging body positivity in Instagram ad is forced to remove them

From an attempt to address online shaming to overhauling the website’s algorithm, an earnestness from the major social media players on the problem of body shaming has been in evidence since the New Year. But there is lingering debate over how to tackle the issue.

In a National Geographic photo essay this week, the models featured are offering a glimpse of the long-underlying issues in the modeling industry. The ads, many of which have been around for years, are emblazoned with the images of slim supermodels — known for enduring strict workouts —and are stuffed with unhealthy measures and easy encouragement, like the hashtags “#fitspo,” “#eatingpositively,” and “#mybodymychoice.”

Some, like the model Rose Carter, who is 34, encourage followers to post their own photos if they’re unhappy with the ones they’ve been posting. Others condemn her for talking down to her followers. “You have choice to teach your child that it’s wrong to not have an ASSISTANT, I let my child have an ASSISTANT,” Carter responded to one of the comments on the Instagram post.

According to the advertisement, companies will pay for ads in exchange for taking pains to avoid objectifying women’s bodies. It appears to be a tactic that has worked, at least in the short term: Instagram appears to have removed the ads for the model.

Read the full story at The Independent.

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