Model Meaghan Kausman is fighting for positive body image.
The Aussie model is a size eight – which is why she was so outraged when the swimwear brand she recently modelled for Photoshopped her down to an even smaller size.
The gorgeous model was not impressed, so she called the company out on her Instagram account.
Posting the original image and the touched up image, she made her point.
“Making art is my passion. Creating beautiful photos and meeting inspiring people has really given me a new lease on life. I recently did a photoshoot wearing Fella Swim, with an extremely passionate and talented underwater photographer, Pip [Summerville]. Her photos are magical; they capture women in water and celebrate their beauty.They had drastically altered my body, thinning out my stomach and thighs in an attempt to box me in to the cultural idea of beauty. Here are the images, with the altered one on top and the original one on the bottom,” She wrote along side the post.
“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.’ All women are beautiful, and we come in different shapes and sizes! This industry is crazy!!!! It is NOT OKAY to alter a woman’s body to make it look thinner. EVER!”
Ok. So this is our new girl crush – amen!
Fella Swim did respond, according to the Courier Mail –
“Meaghan is actually incredibly beautiful and we love the original image by @seagypsea_photography. We meant no disrespect for photoshopping the image and apologize that it has offended some people here. Unfortunately like most magazines, media and images you see on here, the girls have been retouched to look, taller, thinner and different to what they really [sic], and yes, all to see a product. Apologies to @meagsk you have made a point of us and we will remove the image. If we knew this would upset you, we would of [sic] never posted it.”