Model Shames Swimwear Company For Drastically Photoshopping Her Entire Body

"My body is a size 8, not a size 4."

[UPDATE: Instagram appears to be down, causing the images to momentarily not load.]

While many companies are hopping on the anti-photoshop bandwagon, others are still stuck in their ways.

Australian model 23-year-old Meaghan Kausman spoke up for herself after seeing that swimwear label Fella Swim drastically altered images of her from an underwater photoshoot.

According to Kausman, she was photographed by a talented underwater photographer Pip Summerville, who goes by the name Seagypsea. Not long after, Fella Swim uploaded one picture from the photo shoot to their Instagram profile. To Kausman"s amazement, the image was far from the original she posed for.

Head-to-head image of Maeghan's original shot (below) and the photoshopped version (above).

She wrote the following statement underneath the photo on her Instagram account:

"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, @seagypsea_photography Her photos are magical; they capture women in water and celebrate their beauty. This morning I was extremely shocked to see that Fella Swim had uploaded a photoshopped version of Pip"s original photo to their Instagram page. They had drastically altered my body, thinning out my stomach and thighs in an attempt to box me in to the cultural ideal of beauty. Above is their version, below is the real version. 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!

Her father, Australia"s famous physician Rick Kausman, has also taken a stand on his daughter's behalf and helped her raise awareness towards unnecessary body alteration and body-shaming culture. As he

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Kausman also claims that Fella Swim didn"t even pay for the photoshoot. Photographer Pip Summerville also told Daily Mail Australia, that the company didn"t ask her for permission and she was‚ 'blown away" by the altered image. In the same interview, Kausman explained she reached out to Fella Swim before posting her complaint on the Instagram. Sadly, she got no response.

The photoshopped version is now removed from Fella Swim"s Instagram profile. According to TODAY, the Daily Courier claims to have seen an apology from the company in the form of a comment underneath the photo:

"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...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."

Still, the model is glad she spoke up.

"I felt like it was so important to tell everyone what happened, just because people need to know that that"s not what people look like," she told TODAY.

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