Black Model Nyome Nicholas Accuses Instagram Of Racism
Nyome Nicholas inspired a social media campaign after her photo was removed from Instagram.
A British model is accusing Instagram of censoring Black plus-size bodies — and inspiring a campaign demanding action from the social media platform — after images of her posing with her arms covering her bare chest were repeatedly removed.
Nyome Nicholas-Williams, who has posed for Vogue Italia and Dove, was photographed by Alexandra Cameron in late July. One image in particular stood out: a shot of the 28-year-old Londoner caught in a peaceful self-embrace — head tilted, eyes closed —with her arms wrapped around her topless form.
” Why are white plus sized bodies seen as “acceptable” and accepted and black plus sized bodies not? Let’s shift the narrative that the media and fashion has upheld for too long that depicts our bodies as somehow being wrong when that couldn’t be further from the truth! I will continue to challenge and break down those societal and fashion “body standards” that have been upheld for too long. ” Nyome said on instagram .
Nyome said also ” if your offended by this image UNFOLLOW, no need to report. “
Both Nicholas-Williams and Cameron were quick to share the image online, watching compliments roll in. But the celebration was short-lived. Nicholas-Williams tells Yahoo Life that the photo was “taken down within five minutes,” with a notification that it violated Instagram’s community guidelines regarding nudity and content of a sexual nature; she says she was also warned that her page was at risk of being deleted altogether. (Cameron’s own Instagram post featuring the same image stayed up longer, Nicholas-Williams says, but was also eventually deleted, and her attempts to repost photos were unsuccessful.)