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
“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.
Just want to say a big hello to everyone comin’ on over to my little corner of these interwebs from the @cosmopolitan article this morning???????????? My name’s Morgan and I’m basically just a chronic oversharer of anything and everything fitness, weight loss, food, makeup, mental health, infertility, premature ovarian failure, beauty, positivity and basically anything else that comes to mind related. I believe in positivity, acceptance and love. I believe that consistency is what sets successful people apart from the rest. #TeamLosing is my squad, and yes, you can sit with us????????