Mallory King, 25, is a fitness trainer based in Florida. Throughout her weight-loss journey, during which she had a baby and shed a total of 80 pounds, she has Instagrammed many photos of herself wearing very little clothing to track her personal progress. Mallory also uses her snaps to encourage others to reach their own goals, whether it’s weight loss or self-acceptance.
While Mallory’s followers generally shower her with encouragement and compliments, a few months ago, a commenter dropped a bomb that just didn’t sit well with her: “It was something like, ‘Ewww, work on that cellulite,'” she says, although the comment has since been removed.
Not willing to let the unsolicited critique bring her down, Mallory responded by posting the side-by-side photo below. On the left, she poses happily with her husband, Thomas. (“He’s loved me at 220 pounds, 120 pounds, and every single stage in between,” she says.) On the right, she poses with her booty and the backs of her thighs on display to prove that when it comes to her cellulite, the only thing she’s working on is lovin’ it:
Her caption: “To that guy who made a negative comment about my cellulite yesterday. There are so many worse things in life than cellulite, like your shitty attitude. Let people do whatever the fuck they want and look however they please and post whatever makes them happy. Find a hobby and worry about ya damn self.”
While Mallory’s clapback might make you want to stand up and applaud, since that ? is ? how ? it’s ? done? , Instagram responded differently when @SundayMorningView recently regrammed her photo, which racked up more than 20,000 likes: They removed it, citing community guidelines.
FWIW, Instagram’s community guidelines outlaw “close-ups of fully-nude buttocks,” “content that contains credible threats or hate speech,” and “serious threats of harm to public and personal safety” — but Mallory’s post doesn’t appear to directly violate any of these rules. Because there are thousands of #MiddleFinger posts on Instagram, it’s unlikely that the gesture itself explains the violation.
All things considered, it’s no wonder Mallory is taking Instagram’s response personally. “Is it because my cellulite is offensive? Is it because I’m not trying to be sexy? Is it because I don’t have the body type that is continuously shared on here?” she wrote in a recent photo caption that explores Instagram’s motive. In the same post, she makes one thing clear: She won’t stop sharing photos of her thighs just because Instagram — or a random internet troll, for that matter — doesn’t like them. “Y’all can report my photos as much as you want, I’m gonna keep sharing them because the world needs more women unashamed of their bodies and unafraid to share their voice,” she wrote — which of course, is #TrueAF.
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