An influencer has said she’s “really scared” after her Instagram account was deleted due to an apparently provocative picture of her showing off her pregnant body.
Sally Mustang, from Byron Bay, Australia, is the influencer in question and it was when she announced to her 300,000-strong following that she and her partner Mitch were expecting, problems started arising.
Primarily known for being a yoga teacher and an artist, Sally [and Mitch] is no stranger to showing a bit of skin in her posts, but it was a picture of herself in the bath, covering her breasts with her hands and showing her baby bump that seemingly got reported.
With that, Instagram deleted her account.
What did the influencer upload to get banned?
Mustang then took to Mitch’s Instagram account @Mitch.Gobel with a video explaining her distress…
She then shared a longer version of the video to a new account @i.am.sally.mustang, but that seems to have gone the same way as her old handle.
What did she say about getting banned on Instagram?
Sally explained how not only had her account been deleted, but her “livelihood, creative outlet, memories, voice, community, family and businesses” had been too.
“It makes my heart so sore, and I’m really scared.
To be five months pregnant and adapting to all the change that’s going on already it feels so unfair. So harsh. I just want to speak up.“
Mitch’s account also toes the line and has been threatened by the Instagram authorities, which was brought up by Sally…
“Mitch’s account was threatened to be shut down this morning so we are just going to be super easy going on here for a few days.
Thank you to everyone that has left me comments… and for following this new account.“
Mitch then commented himself, explaining how the pair were trying to recover Sally’s old account.
“It’s a beautiful photo which tributes the miracle of pregnancy, new life and what it is to be a woman.
I want to be aloud (sic) to follow any women’s experience of pregnancy because it inspires me, it educates me, it helps me see a bigger picture.
It’s NOT sexual. It’s beautiful and I don’t want that aspect of life taken away from what I experience on your platform.
Pregnancy should be celebrated, not shamed and we want to see change.”
Don’t get me wrong, I completely understand the whole ‘free the nipple’ movement and I get that Sally and Mitch probably weren’t trying to sexualise pregnancy, but there’s like three rules on Instagram and they’re really not hard to abide by.
By all accounts the couple go as far as they can, getting away with as much nudity as possible to the point where it seems to be an agenda. It’s great that they’re body positive and proud in their skin, but there’s other platforms to show off your nude body and until Instagram has a huge and very un-Mark Zuckerberg rebrand, Sally and Mitch will just have to deal with that.
It’s so easy not being naked on Instagram. I do it all of the time.
A little update: It looks like Sally’s old account has been restored. How nice.
Images via Instagram