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Ohio Teenager Accuses Instagram Of Size Discrimination

| by Amanda Schallert

A 19-year-old Ohio girl whose photo of herself in a bra and underwear was removed from Instagram’s site is accusing the company of discriminating against overweight individuals.

Samm Newman is a college student and wears a size 24 in the U.S., according to NBC4. She said that when she entered college, she got a big confidence boost through talking to other people online, especially a group of women that used hashtags such as #bodylove and #pizzasister4lyfe, according to the Daily Mail.

“Fat is not a bad word,” Newman said. “How confident can you be if you keep censoring yourself because people don't want to look at you?”

So when Instagram removed a photo of her posing in front of a bathroom mirror in a white bra and polka dot boy shorts she decided to speak up against the site.

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“I've seen (lingerie) pictures like that all over Instagram,” Newman said. She added that she felt her photo was modest in comparison.

Instagram does not allow its users to post photos of nudity and said it initially moved Newman’s photos for “violating community guidelines.” After Newman protested the site’s decision however, Instagram said it wrongly removed the photo based off a complaint it received and “worked to rectify the error as soon as we were notified'.

“When our team processes reports from other members of the Instagram community, we occasionally make a mistake,” said an Instagram spokesperson. “We apologize for any inconvenience.”

Newman said that she still thinks that there is a double standard for overweight people within the community. Instagram has been caught before for removing photos of a woman who was about 300 pounds at her largest.

Newman said she wants to help make plus-size women feel more comfortable and give them support.

'I’m going to make a difference in the world,' she said.

Source: The Daily Mail, NBC4, Photo Credit: Daily Mail