When fat-pride blogger Rachele Cateyes posted an online photo of herself in a bright blue two-piece swimsuit last summer, it signified a major moment of empowerment. “Wearing a bikini as a fat woman is an act of rebellion,” she’d written on her Fat Babe Designs blog. “I felt glorious and glamorous all at the same time," according to Yahoo Shine.
The feeling was short-lived, though. The Oregon woman later discovered that her photo was popping up in a diet company’s Facebook spam ads — as the dreaded “before” photo. Now she’s embroiled in a frustrating battle with the company and its affiliates to try to get her stolen image removed from the ads.
“It made me feel exposed and not in control of my own image,” Cateyes tells Yahoo Shine. “I’m used to negative attention [online], but for somebody to make money off of me? That really infuriated me.”
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