Natalia Lozano goes by ‘Curvy Natalia Lozano’ on Instagram. Unlike most other models who sport a rock-hard pair of abs or a super tiny waist, Natalia is a Spanish plus-size model. Her Instagram account had more than 150,000 followers before the brass over at the popular social media platform decided to shut it down.
While there are many reasons why Instagram would disable an account based on their code of conduct, Natalia believes that she was banned because of people hating her body-positive message.
Natalia vows to never end her fight against stigmas and stereotypes and to continue her fight for people of all shapes and sizes.
She also said that there was a concerted effort from certain people to continually lodge complaints against her.
Natalia said: ‘they cannot stand that I am sexy and confident. They call me fat and vulgar and accuse me of hypocrisy because I touch up my photos.’
She believes that the ‘hypocrisy’ and stigmas associated with plus-size models are more prevalent in her home country of Spain.
‘The moment you stand up as a sexy plus-size woman, you are judged and censored. However, in the United States, for example, plus-size models have lots of followers and are more widely accepted than in my own country.’
Natalia said that there was an effort from people online to send complaints against her so that her account would be shut down. She has since started up a new account and has gained 14,000 new followers.
Accounts are usually shut down due to inappropriate content or when a user receives repeated complaints or flagging efforts from other people.
Natalia said that she would regularly get berated and abused online for her truthful and realistic photos and vows to ‘never throw in the towel.’
She said: ‘whatever people think of my body, I am indifferent. They are young people, the focus is on 18-19-20 years. I will not leave Instagram, they have not given me any solution or help, two weeks later I am waiting for what to do.’