A mother battling with body issues after giving birth to her son three years ago posed in a series of intimate photos in which her naked body was covered in paint.
But after showing off her postpartum body in the powerful photos shared on social media, Instagram reportedly removed one of the photos several times.
After learning about this, Desiree Barnes decided to repost the photo of herself on her own Instagram page along with a moving message about body image.
Mother Desiree Barns, battling body issues after giving birth to her son in 2013, has spoken out after a photo of her postpartum body covered in naked paint was reportedly censored by Instagram
Barnes pictured as she is covered in paint above for the Body Joy Project
In her powerful message, she wrote about how she used to weigh 98 pounds before giving birth and that the change in her body post birth was not always easy for her.
‘This is my postpartum body! Before my son I was 98 pounds. I spent my days kick boxing, running and taking yoga classes. I worked out about 4 hours a day,’ she said.
‘After my son I still ate clean and hiked a bit but my focus changed to Fox and creating fox and the traveling gypsy.
‘It wasn’t always easy for me (the change) but participating in @bodyjoyproject with my friend @quesadean was extremely healing.’
Barnes said she got involved with the Body Joy Project, an initiative from artists Charlotte Dean, Chloe Allred and Gabriela Ayala-Cañizares, after reconnecting with Dean, who is an old friend
She continued, writing that a close-up image from the photo shoot showing her painted body only from her neck to her thighs, kept getting censored by Instagram.
‘This picture has been popping up lately and for some reason it keeps getting censored by Instagram,’ she wrote.
‘It’s sad that something that is so healing to a woman is not acceptable. I’m sure if I posted pictures of my body before Fox there would be no removals.
‘As many of you know I am days possibly weeks away from my second child joining our family earth side. I am so excited.
‘I can’t wait for society to catch up and worship women and their bodies the way they deserve with love, and appreciation.’
Several photos from Barnes’ shoot had been shared all over Instagram by motherhood-focused accounts, but when 4th Trimester Bodies Project posted and reposted the particular photo, Instagram reportedly removed it.
Barnes shared on Instagram that she used to weigh 98 pounds before giving birth and that the change in her body post birth was not always easy for her
Barnes told the Huffington Post she was initially nervous to post the image because this particular one ‘felt raw’ and was hard for her to look at it.
She said she immediately reposted it on her Instagram page after she learned it had been removed.
‘I immediately reposted the image because I felt like I had already overcome my feelings about the image, and to have them remove it felt so unfair,’ she said.
‘I had to look at my body, I had to look at my curves, I had to look at where I had been carrying life for nine months, and it looked so different than any body I had ever known ― zoomed in,’ she added about the photo shoot.
Barnes said she got involved with the Body Joy Project, an initiative from artists Charlotte Dean, Chloe Allred and Gabriela Ayala-Cañizares, after reconnecting with Dean, who is an old friend, according to the Huffington Post.
Barnes recently gave birth to her second son, Jupiter Wolf in October
Following her second son’s birth, Barnes said she continues to face struggles with her body but said while she might not always like the way it looks, she respects it and loves it for everything it does for her family and herself. Barnes pictured above with her family
The photo shoot occurred in 2015 just two years after she gave birth to her first son, Fox, and the photos were taken by Dean’s father, photographer James F Dean.
The experience was emotional for mother-of-two from California, who recently gave birth to her second son Jupiter Wolf on October 29.
She said the project is about connecting with your body in a personal way and ‘exploring body shame, body joy and everything in between.’
Following her second son’s birth, Barnes said she continues to face struggles with her body.
However, she said while she might not always like the way it looks, she respects it and loves it for everything it does for her family and herself.