Gossard Girl Olympia Valance has slammed Instagram for removing a photo of her posing in lingerie.
The Neighbours actress, who has been the face of Gossard since December 2014, said the photo was removed last night for failing to meet Instagram guidelines.
She immediately reposted the photo, which is not from the current Gossard campaign, beside a caption that revealed her outrage.
“I’ve read over those guidelines and I’ve failed to find one that I may have broken,” she said.
“This is the first time that this has happened to me and I’m still struggling to understand why it was taken down over so many of the other photos I see on Instagram every single day,” she continued.
“To have this happen to a photo of my body and my work has made me feel surprisingly low. It’s disappointing because this campaign is something that I am very proud of. I’m not posting photos like this for self gratification.”
Valance expressed that she was happy to be a good role model to her fans.
“I grew up when only tall and extremely thin body’s were classified as beautiful. There are so many elements that go into a photoshoot like this and I wanted to celebrate all the hard work that @gossarduk goes in creating beautiful lingerie, for all body types, day in and day out.
“I love everything that Gossard represents and stands for and I will continue to showcase that to the rest of the world.”
Gossard said in a statement that it supports and endorses Valance’s comments and the positive image she is committed to promoting.
“Olympia is beautiful inside and out which makes her a truly inspirational Gossard Girl and since we began working with her we have had so many great comments about the brand from women around the world,” a spokesperson said.
“We’re incredibly proud of the work we have created together which should of course be free to share across social media without restriction.”