The Central Ohio teen was bullied in high school and even self-harmed but became more confident in college after finding an Instagram community of body positive women.
But after she shared this photo, Instagram claimed she violated their community guidelines and deactivated her account. Outcry soon followed considering she's not naked in the photos and there's tons of thin girls who share underwear or swimsuit shots without any issue.
Now, the photo sharing app is apologizing. "When our team processes reports from other members of the Instagram community, we occasionally make a mistake. In this case, we wrongly removed content and worked to rectify the error as soon as we were notified," they said in a statement.
Sam's back on Instagram and hopes to encourage others to be confident in their own bodies. "Fat is not a bad word," she told her local NBC station. You go, girl!
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