A new mother posed for a series of stunning nude shots to celebrate her post-baby body—and the images were removed from the social media platform.
Body image is something so many of us struggle with—and having a baby can alter even the most body-positive woman's confidence a bit. Pregnancy can cause some downright drastic physical changes: Weight gain, cellulite, stretch marks, loose skin, weakened muscles...they come with the territory of growing life, which makes them actually really beautiful. It's high time we start seeing these changes as things we should celebrate.
That's why we love the mission behind the Body Joy Project, a body-positive initiative that celebrates the human form through stunning, artistic photos. One particular shoot caught our attention: It stars Desiree Barnes, a gorgeous mama who wore nothing more than a few abstract paint strokes in her photos. The initiative’s team posted the shot on Instagram...only to realize it was removed from the platform. When Barnes learned this, she reposted the image.
"This is my postpartum body! Before my son I was 98 pounds. I spent my days kick boxing, running and taking yoga classes. I worked out about 4 hours a day. After my son I still ate clean and hiked a bit but my focus changed...It wasn't always easy for me (the change) but participating in @bodyjoyproject with my friend @quesadean was extremely healing," Barnes wrote alongside the photo. Unfortunately, the image was removed from Instagram several times.
"It's sad that something that is so healing to a woman is not acceptable. I'm sure if I posted pictures of my body before Fox there would be no removals," Barnes wrote of the censorship.
The Body Project has re-posted the image on its own Instagram page with the hashtags #stopcensoringmotherhood and #stopcensoringwomanhood. Both the creators of the project and Barnes are speaking out: “I immediately reposted the image because I felt like I had already overcome my feelings about the image, and to have them remove it felt so unfair,” Barnes told The Huffington Post. “I was initially nervous to post this image because we had taken all of these photos where I felt like I was ‘beautiful,' and then we came to this one image in particular and it really took me a minute―it felt raw and it was hard for me to look at it. I had to look at my body, I had to look at my curves, I had to look at where I had been carrying life for nine months, and it looked so different than any body I had ever known ― zoomed in!”
So... apparently one of our photos has been censored from Instagram, but we are overjoyed at how many awesome peeps have been reposting it! This photo is of the incredible @foxandthetravelinggypsy showing of her #postpartum body in a body painting by @quesadean #endbodyshame #takebackpostpartum #bodyjoyproject From @foxandthetravelinggypsy : This is my postpartum body! Before my son I was 98 pounds. I spent my days kick boxing, running and taking yoga classes. I worked out about 4 hours a day. After my son I still ate clean and hiked a bit but my focus changed to Fox and creating fox and the traveling gypsy. It wasn't always easy for me (the change) but participating in @bodyjoyproject with my friend @quesadean was extremely healing. This picture has been popping up lately and for some reason it keeps getting censored by Instagram. It's sad that something that is so healing to a woman is not acceptable. I'm sure if I posted pictures of my body before Fox there would be no removals. As many of you know I am days possibly weeks away from my second child joining our family earth side. I am so excited. I can't wait for society to catch up and worship women and their bodies the way they deserve with love, and appreciation.