Meaghan Kausman, a size 8 model from Australia, called out swimwear brand Fella Swim after the retailer posted a dramatically slimmed-down image of the model to Instagram.
The edited image took off nearly a third of Kausman’s body, slimmed her thighs and arms, and cut out a good bit of her tummy. Soon thereafter, the Aussie model took to her own Instagram account to air her grievances.
“My body is a size 8, not a size 4. That’s my body! I refuse to stand by and allow ANY company or person to perpetuate the belief that “thinner is better,” Kausman wrote on an Instagram post comparing the edited and unedited version of her photo. At the time of this post, Kausman's Instagram account was unavailable.
Underwater photographer Pip Summerville photographed and posted the original photo of Kausman in the Fella Swim bathing suit. Summerville commended Kausman for speaking up against the manipulation of her photographed body. Summerville added that Fella Swim breached copyright because they company didn’t contact her before altering the photo and using it for advertising purposes.
Kausman’s father, Dr. Rick Kausman, is, ironically, a director of The Butterfly Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping people with eating disorders and negative body image, Today reports.
Kausman shares her father’s passion for body-image advocacy. She wrote, “It is NOT OKAY to alter a woman’s body to make it look thinner. EVER!”