A new mum who copied Kim Kardashian’s famous ‘belfie’ pose accused Instagram of “double standards” – after her picture was removed for being inappropriate.
Daring Mary Przymus, 37, started working out relentlessly to lose her baby weight and snapped selfies of her workouts.
In a bid to keep herself motivated and to share her achievements with other mums, Mary documented her hard work on Instagram.
Sassy Mary looked to celebs including Kim Kardashian for inspiration – and felt a special bond with the star as they were both pregnant at the same time.
Yummy mummy Mary, of Feltham, West London, quickly gained 10,000 social media followers but things turned sour when she started receiving nasty messages from anonymous users.
And Instagram took issue with two photos she posted – one of her copying Kim Kardashian’s famous ‘bottom selfie’ pose, and another of the proud mum breastfeeding baby Ethan.
Posing in just a lacy leotard and blue stilettos, curvy Mary posed for the camera showing off her legs and bottom, just like the photo which “broke the internet.”
Mary was outraged when the site told her she had to remove her ‘motivational booty’ pic – despite the fact that the original Kim Kardashian photo was still hosted on the site.
A message sent by Instagram after the picture was removed said her post flouted “community guidelines”.
She said: “I was disappointed by the double standards when my photos got flagged for doing exactly what my idol Kim Kardashian does everyday.”
“They bullied me for posting my Kim K-like selfies.
“I was disappointed by the double standards when my photos got flagged for doing exactly what my idol Kim Kardashian does everyday.
“Maybe people think I’m trying to be like Kim and I’m not pretty enough.
“I’m not trying to be like her but I was so excited about my achievements. The backlash was just shocking.”
After giving birth to little Ethan, aged one year and seven months, Mary ballooned from a size 8 to a size 16.
Her sudden weight gain and “wobbly bits” knocked her confidence and she was determined to slim down.
Six months after Ethan was born Mary began working out daily, doing yoga at home each day and going to her local gym to try to shed the pounds.
Mary snapped selfies posing with her hand weights, and smiling with her children Emmanuel, seven, and Ethan, one, and posted them on the app.
She posted motivational messages with the photos in a bid to show other mums what they could achieve.
Mary said: “You see the progress you’re making and it really helps. It encourages me to keep going.”
“Sometimes you look for some inspiration and you see other women and you think ‘oh my god, it’s taken me a year to get rid of my belly.’
“You see celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Blac Chyna and you think ‘how do they do it?’
“I had problems getting my tummy in shape. I’m just hoping I can get back to a size 14.”
She said: “I was so upset because Kim’s original photo that I used as inspiration is still on Instagram, which is very unfair.
“Normal women are not allowed to express themselves just because they’re not celebrities.
“A lot of celebs receive special treatment on social media platforms just because they’re commercial.”
But the criticism from strangers, and from the social media site, did not end there.
Mary posted a selfie of her breastfeeding Ethan, but she was not expecting the comments she received.
It was flagged as inappropriate content by Instagram, which has been subject to a campaign ‘Free the Nipple’ due to it’s censorship rules.
Mary said: “Where I come from, traditionally breastfeeding is not really a big deal.
“But here you are not supposed to breastfeed in public. There weren’t even any nipples in the picture.”
Mary’s husband, Bartek, urged her to get rid of her account so she started a new one only for friends and family to see snapshots of their lives.
“I’m just an ordinary person, I’m not interested in fame,” Mary said.
“Social media is beyond expectation. Women should be allowed to express themselves without being bullied.
“My husband has been so supportive and protective. It was bothering me because it is like all the time, hearing people bashing me.
“It is not worth it, but it’s so frustrating. I just want these double standards to be exposed.”