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This woman says Instagram deleted her body positive photo and we are confused.

Nineteen-year-old Morgan Bartley wanted to share her body positive message with the world.

But when she posted a bikini-clad of photo of herself showing off her curves – and embracing them wholeheartedly – she was met with opposition.

And by opposition, we mean, she says Instagram just went and deleted the post without telling her.

Morgan wasn’t nude, and hadn’t violated any of the social media platform’s “community guidelines”. What gives?

Thankfully, she reposted the exact same image a few days later, writing “it sucks that people express negativity toward something with only positive intentions”.

Somebody took their time to report this photo and have it deleted. I think it sucks that people express negativity toward something with only positive intentions, BUT that’s why we peeps full of love and light get to make a difference✨???? Never let worldly pessimism or judgement prevent you from living your life and celebrating what you’ve done with it. So yeah, I’ve lost over 110 pounds and I think I look pretty freakin bomb in a bathing suit on the beach, and that’s after a lifetime of letting insecurities hold me back from experiencing life. Yes I’ll continue to wear a full face of makeup to the beach and yes, I’ll continue to be DAMN proud of who I’ve worked so hard to become✌????#teamlosing Both ???? from @torridfashion

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“So yeah, I’ve lost over 110 pounds and I think I look pretty freakin bomb in a bathing suit on the beach, and that’s after a lifetime of letting insecurities hold me back from experiencing life (sic),” she wrote.

“Yes I’ll continue to wear a full face of makeup to the beach and yes, I’ll continue to be DAMN proud of who I’ve worked so hard to become (sic).”

The 19-year-old has been sharing her journey with her 114,000 followers, and inspires them with her unfiltered approach to her struggle to feel confident in her own skin.

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Speaking to Cosmopolitan, Morgan revealed she “couldn’t remember a time when she didn’t struggle with her weight”.

At age 15, she was diagnosed with ovarian torsion, a condition that led doctors to believe she may never be able to conceive children. Morgan “grieved for the motherhood she would never experience”, and spiralled into depression.

“I felt as if my body had failed me, and that I had no control of what was happening with my life,” she said.

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By age 17, Morgan weighed 136 kilograms, and she was prompted to “take back control of my body” and “save her own life”

After undergoing weight loss surgery, Morgan now dedicates her social media presence to sharing her healthy eating, exercise and counselling journey with others.

Despite her body confidence, Morgan admits that having her initial post deleted from Instagram was “hurtful”.

I’m not where I want to be, but I’ve accomplished what I set out to do at the beginning of this journey – I’ve stopped the cycle. I was eating myself to death. I knew what I was doing, but binge eating and anxiety have minds of their own. I was a prisoner in my own body. I felt paralyzed. I guess my point is that my goal wasn’t a dress size or number on the scale, I simply wanted to redirect where my life was heading and save my own life. I genuinely believe that I have done so, and because I’ve confronted the mental struggles holding me back FIRST, I know that I’ll continue to see physical results. I’ve learned to love this journey for what it is – part of my life. It will always be a part of me and I will always be growing and striving for a better me. Happy Monday team. Get to work???????? #TogetherEveryoneAchievesMore #TeamLosing

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“Having my vulnerability in that initial post overlooked and rejected was embarrassing…I questioned my own transformation, my own body,” she said.

But, she knows how hard she’s worked and says she refuses to let anyone take her down.

“I’ve worked relentlessly to accomplish what I have, and I refuse to let anyone take that from me,” she said.

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