As someone who has been loyal to Instagram since it was first launched, I have recognized a seismic shift in accordance with the rules people use the photo-sharing platform. Launched in 2010, Instagram was a hub of grainy photographs of meat, faces and fun. But in only seven years it has transformed into a complicated, commercially driven social media website in which ordinary people have managed to launching immensely profitable careers.
Authentic uploads are no longer valued by the ruthless algorithm, which controversially leaves a lot of users in the dark. It’s less about the originality and message behind your work and more about esthetics, which is something that Instagram model, Natalia Lozano learned the hard way. The Spanish starring was famous in her home country- and around the world- for her honest snapshots, in which she promoted torso positivity by espousing her curves. A self-proclaimed feminist, Natalia’s mission was to spread the message of self-love across people’s timelines, which have for a long time now been saturated with skinny modelings flaunting their thigh gaps in a tropical paradise. Her upfront and open snaps had garnered the young modeling a highly-coveted 150,000 adherents, whom she loyally included in her self-love journey. Nonetheless, rather than applaud her for this achievement, Instagram appears to be penalise her after the page was removed from the website just a few days into the New Year. Rather than sit idly by and accept Instagram’s decision, Natalia chose to fight back. Creating a new account- under the same name- she hit back at the app, which is owned by Facebook. “[ Instagram] decides that what is left out, ” she typed angrily to the 17,000 followers who have followed her to her new account, before going on to say how posts that aren’t “socially was set up by’ correct’” are removed. “ENOUGH ALREADY fuck. My last photo of 2017 with some of my favorite works, in which I invest time, longing, people and great enthusiasm, ” she raged, referencing the photo which inspired Instagram to take action. “Natcurvylicious is not just a Instagram account with adherents. It is a personal strife, a challenge, a perseverance, an effort, it is a job, it is a sobbing of fearlessnes, a way of life. Natcurvylicious is Natalia and really … losing her would intend a very hard jolt, ” she continued to write, pleading for Instagram to reconsider their rash decision and reinstate her original account. “[ It is] a profile that I do not have now because society has decided that my torso is not valid to be taught. That being fat, proclaiming it and enjoying it … is not valid for this social network, ” she continued, before going on to listing reports that Instagram dismisses such as those who use “violence”, “false” reports, “accounts of men who harass sexually” and the accounts of “thin” women who pose provocatively. “The woman[ is] an are the subject of consumption, ” she added, before going on to say how a “fat woman” is an exception to this because they give a “bad image.”
Evidently frustrated with the situation and people’s perception of bigger bodies, Natalia went on to beg: “I ask 2018 to stop hating … that you are a little at peace with yourselves … your daylight, even if you do not believe it glistens … it glitters bright and you do not need to turn anyone off for it … you are going to be much happier.” Highlighting why this is so important, the Instagram star went on to detail two incidents in which ladies had approached her for help.
“Two females have written to me today. One of them asked me for advice because her head of personal image practises does not want me to work in her company if she does not go on a diet. Another told me that she did a run exam that came out unbelievable, said by the director, but did not give the profile for his physique. What’s going on? WHAT’S GOING ON? ” “We are many, many who work to change this situation, ” Natalia went on to write on her report. “Society does not open its eyes. And not only that, but try to stillnes those of us who give our faces and dare, in any way. Naked, dressed or as we get out of our holy p* ssy! And only together can we change all this.” As Natalia’s post moved viral around the photo-sharing website, her adherent began to once again rise. Clearly humbled by people’s positivity and subsistence, she thanked those who have helped to build her back up. “I really wanted to thank you for all the supporting I am receiving. I do not understand why people need to suffer others for their happiness, I do not understand abhor, I do not understand jealousy and I do not understand empty minds.”
We hope that Natalia has her original account reinstated soon, and if she doesn’t it seems as though her new page has the potential to be even better than the first!