Anna O’Brien, 33, from Cleveland, Ohio, revealed how a passerby told her to ‘cover up’ in Las Vegas, despite being surrounded by women wearing nipple pasties
Anna O’Brien, 33, from Cleveland, Ohio, who goes by @glitterandlazers on Instagram, said she was told to put more clothes on in Los Angeles, despite being surrounded by women wearing thongs and nipple pasties.
I find it ironic that I’ve taken photos in swimsuits all over the world and the one place I was told to cover up was Las Vegas. Sure, thin girls in thongs and pasties are A OK but a plus girl in a full coverage suit, trying to take an epic editorial shot- now that’s just too much. Jokes on them though, I’d already gotten the perfect photo. They can’t erase this happened. I’m learning as I push myself to do more editorial type concepts, the push back is greater. But that’s why I push. It’s more than just a girl in the city of sin in a bikini, It’s a statement. We will be seen. We’re not hiding anymore. And we’re going to wear whatever we want, wherever we want. Not just in Vegas. EVERYWHERE. Change is coming; the question is are you going to stand in the way or help us push through? Bikini by @curvybeach #lasvegas #plussize #fashion #bodypositive #confidence #idowhatiwant ? @larabellenewyork
She posted a picture of herself in a string leopard print two-piece to her page earlier this week, which has received more than 28,300 likes.
Writing on the post, she explained: “I find it ironic that I’ve taken photos in swimsuits all over the world and the one place I was told to cover up was Las Vegas.
“Sure, thin girls in thongs and pasties are A OK but a plus girl in a full coverage suit, trying to take an epic editorial shot – now that’s just too much.”
Anna pointed out that this isn’t the first time she’s been criticised for offering an alternative interpretation of a “bikini body”.
Anna told how she has taken photos in swimsuits all over the world
I’m just going to keep posting Miami pictures until I dig out of the massive hole of writing that I keep chipping away at and some how miraculously only seems to grow in size. Maybe if I tunnel long enough I’ll end up with a free trip to China. However I would have to tunnel straight through boiling hot lava, endure insane amounts of pressure from colliding molecules and survive breathing toxic gas. But hey, I’ve ridden the New York subway during rush hour in the middle of summer, on a car with no AC. I ain’t scared of nothing. #miami #writerslife #justkeepswimming #plussize #poolside ? @larabellenewyork
She wrote: “It’s more than just a girl in the city of sin in a bikini, it’s a statement. We will be seen. We’re not hiding anymore. And we’re going to wear whatever we want, wherever we want. Not just in Vegas. EVERYWHERE.
“Change is coming; the question is, are you going to stand in the way or help us push through?”
Her post clearly struck a chord with many of her 255,000 followers.
One replied: “I cannot tell you how happy it makes me that you got the shot you were there for and that they cannot take that away!
“I am so tired of the idea that being big means you have to wear a parka and a floor length skirt.
“Thank you for pushing this issue and for letting people know that it’s ok to love the skin you are in.”
Another wrote: “Stunning, fearless and graceful! This is one of the most beautiful pictures of you. You give me hope that I can be proud to be different too!”
Don’t stop living your life to the fullest. Don’t cower. Don’t hide. Remember those who speak to stop you, choose to spend their precious time standing in the way of others versus enjoying what this world has to offer. They try to stop you from living, because they themselves are afraid to live. ? @larabellenewyork #bikini #miami #rainbow #plussize #bodypositive #livelife
And one thanked her for her “brave attitude”, adding: “I wish we’d met 20 years ago, when the mobbing I had to go through in school started. I’m glad that the next generation has role models like you. Keep going.”
But not everyone was quite so positive.
One Instagram user pointed out: “Pushing boundaries is great but also pushing for a healthy body is exceptionally important if you want to keep blogging and making a difference with the boundaries you push, long-term. Not hating, just suggesting.”
Another wrote: “I’m sorry I do not want to be rude at all, but perhaps this weight is not good for your health.
“Body image should not be about vanity and if you are projecting yourself as a public role model, do you not want young girls to know how important it is to take care of your health by eating properly and exercising? Stereotypes are meant to be broken, yes absolutely, but not at the cost of health.”
Earlier this year we told how a plus-sized model shared the stark contrast between an airbrushed shot and untouched photo that proudly showed her “cellulite, back rolls and the little dimples on my butt”.
Meanwhile British model Sophie Turner has called on women to start accepting themselves and learn to love their imperfections.