For every Instagram like, there’s always going to be a hater or two.
One Instagram influencer just learned that the hard way when she received some backlash for a recent post. Arielle Noa Charnas shared a photo of herself in a bikini with the caption, “Proud of my body after two kids.” But along with over 45,000 likes, this influencer got slammed for sharing her post-baby body.
Charnas has amassed over 1 million followers on Instagram. On her account, she posts about beauty, fitness, and her brand, Something Navy. A lot of the comments on her most recent post-baby bikini pic were positive.
Tina Marie Clark wrote, “You look amazing, and more importantly you are feeling amazing.”
But while some complimented Charnas, a lot of the comments criticized her post for being “tone-deaf” and “unnecessary.”
A lot of Charnas’ critics said that she wasn’t acknowledging her privilege and that she was promoting unrealistic standards for new moms.
Katheryn Meadows wrote:
I’m sorry @ariellecharnas. This is just terribly tone deaf and I thought you were better than this nonsense. I’m also a size zero after two kids, but come on babe, this is genetics. Pls be proud but own your privilege.
Jillie Hewitt wrote:
If you can put this photo up saying how proud you are of your body without considering that thousands of women and young girls will see this and make the mistake of thinking that (1) looking like this is the only way to feel beautiful and (2) that looking like this is attainable (for new mothers, or for *any* woman) if you just work out enough and eat healthy, you’ve lost touch entirely with the way most girls and women experience the world—or maybe never understood that reality to begin with.
Even actress Amanda Seyfried got involved. Her friend Sophie Flack posted a lengthy comment on Charnas’ post. In the comment, she urged Charnas to acknowledge the wealth that goes into maintaining her body, said that she was “glorifying an unhealthy body image,” and suggested she use her platform to serve social causes.
Amanda Seyfried reposted her friend’s comment with an Instagram caption of her own.
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Fuck it- this is feed material. My very smart friend (again-not tagging) wrote this on a semi-influencer’s feed and she blocked both of us (even though I didn’t tag her-at least she’s getting the message). If we’re ready to get paid for flaunting our lifestyle (and inspiring some in the meantime) we have to be open to the discussions surrounding what we’re promoting. We have to back ourselves up- not run away from the issues it presents. There are gray areas everywhere. Each of us has a chance to back ourselves- especially on this platform. If you know who you are- take a second to decide if what you’re throwing out there is worth it- in the big picture. ??
Seyfried wrote, “If you know who you are- take a second to decide if what you’re throwing out there is worth it- in the big picture.”
Charnas’ responded to her comments in her Instagram story, saying, “I definitely will not stop posting myself in my body.”
It looks like Charnas is not planning on letting her haters get her down any time soon.