It was 5.50pm. Jordyn, her fiance, their children and their dog were packing up after an afternoon at the beach, as they did most afternoons. Jordyn was changing her two-year-old daughter, Winter, out of her soggy swimmers when she fell onto the sand.
Winter laughed and wandered down to the water to wash the sand off her hands. As the toddler made her way back up the beach, the 23-year-old from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast realised just how idyllic the scene was with the sun setting behind her daughter. So she took a photo, applied her pre-set filter and fiddled with the tones, and shared it on Instagram before bed.
She couldn’t have anticipated what would be waiting for her when she woke up.
The next morning, Jordyn saw a notification from Instagram that her photo of Winter had been removed for breaching community guidelines.
Not because Winter was nude, or exposed in anyway. But because of the shade of her skin, and her ‘apparent’ lack of sun protection.
“While I had so many positive messages of support, I received comments and messages saying they were reporting the photo and it’s disgusting that I think my daughter should be that colour or that brown,” Jordyn, also mum to five-month-old Wilde, told Mamamia.
“They couldn’t believe I’d let my daughter’s skin get to that colour, that she looked burnt to a crisp and her skin is so dark it’s not normal, that she’ll look 40 at four. People were calling me a horrible mother and an anorexic c-word.
“I just thought it was a gorgeous photo of an innocent child on the beach – I never expected to get hate, it was a shock.”