Did you know that a selfie containing zero nudity can be removed by Instagram?
Instagram user Miski Muse, 21, was flummoxed recently when she discovered that the fully clothed selfie she had posted went missing from her account.
Muse alleges that the picture, posted in November, was reported a number of times, apparently because Miski, who is Muslim, was simultaneously wearing a hijab and showing off her new jeans — and that Instagram eventually agreed with the “inappropriate” tag and removed the photo.
“I was talking to my friend and I remember telling her, ‘I found these wonderful jeans a few months ago. Let me show you the picture,'” Miski, who lives in Indianapolis, told Paper. “I was scrolling down Instagram and couldn’t find [it]. I had gotten a lot of feedback, both good and bad. It was a lot of people saying, ‘This isn’t appropriate for someone wearing the hijab.'”
After feeling “shocked and confused that a woman who chose to celebrate her body wasn’t welcome,” Miski reposted the picture with a long caption detailing the discrimination she had faced.
“I’m covered from head to toe, and yet my picture was seen as ‘inappropriate’ enough to get deleted,” she wrote. “Being a curvy Muslim woman hasn’t been an easy journey. Curvy is tacitly seen as immodest — sexualized by default — so my photos as a curvy hijab are consumed and seen as obscene.”
She continued, “I come from a community where people who look like me are not visible and are constantly shamed. This is my body and I’m not hiding it anymore to make others comfortable.”
An Instagram spokesperson tells Yahoo Style that, while the company does not comment on individual accounts, Muse’s photo “meets all our guidelines, and would not be taken down during a typical review.”
The spokesperson adds, “If an image doesn’t violate our guidelines, it would not be taken down — it doesn’t matter how many times it was reported.”
Despite that thickening plot, Muse now tells Yahoo Style that after receiving considerable attention for her outspokenness, “I’ve received a lot of feedback from women thanking me for giving them a voice.”
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