Three British ladies are annoyed by Spain's promotion promoting female beach bodies here's why


Three British ladies are annoyed by Spain's promotion promoting female beach bodies here's why


A few women have come forward to claim they were included in the Spanish government's latest campaign without their knowledge or consent, which features female bodies in a variety of shapes, sizes, and age groups to promote body acceptance and inclusivity on the beach.

The aforementioned summer campaign to encourage women to resist "stereotypes" and "aesthetical abuse" was launched by Spain's Equality Ministry last week. This was done to counteract the social pressure that many women experience in trying to live up to specific beauty standards.

The campaign, which featured images of various body types that should all be allowed to be flaunted on the beach, was initially hailed as progressive and timely. However, the situation quickly became problematical some women, particularly women of color came forward and claimed their images had been used in the advertisement without their consent.

A cancer survivor and mastectomy patient named Juliet FitzPatrick reportedly claimed that one of the women in the advertisement was modeled after her. The 60-year-old claimed that one of her photographs may have inspired the look of a woman who has had a mastectomy. However, she informed the publication that the corpse in the image was not hers since FitzPatrick had removed one of the woman's breasts.

What transpired "seems to go utterly against" the campaign message, FitzPatrick told the BBC. It concerns how my body has been utilized and represented without my consent, in my opinion.

The figure on the poster was likely inspired by one of British photographer Ami Barwell's prior images of a lady, according to the site. Barwell had previously taken a black and white portrait of FitzPatrick showing off her surgical scars. According to a remark from Barwell, "I think the person who created the art has gone through my gallery and stitched things together," but "without any confirmation from the artist I can't say for sure."

According to the report, Arte Mapache, the campaign's developer, has expressed regret for using these pictures without authorization, but two other women who came forward with similar complaints have denied this. Nyomi Nicholas-Williams, a plus-size model, and Sian Green-Lord, whose prosthetic leg was cut out, are two among them.

Nicholas-Williams expressed her "won't be quiet about this" and "not even sorry" in a lengthy social media post. Therefore, Juliet, a white woman, can only get an apology from the Spanish government. But it seems Sian and I don't receive one. OK, good. Additionally, they claimed in their "statement" that they had reached out to everyone, yet they hadn't.

Green-Lord expressed her "deep sadness" about the circumstance on Instagram as well. "This picture no longer depicts me having a great time on my friend's hen...," she commented after posting the original image on Facebook. Now, looking at this picture just makes me feel so depressed

"Since I learned last Friday what was done to my appearance, my confidence has never been lower, and my anxiety has never been higher! She added, "My leg is nothing to be ashamed of! My regular self-motivating strategies are failing me, and I'm now in a different place! It is the result of tenacity, tenacity, and independence.

According to the BBC report, Arte Mapache wrote the following in his apology letter: "Given the — justified — controversy over the image rights in the illustration, I have decided that the best way to make up for any harm that may have resulted from my actions is to split the money I was paid for the work and give equal portions to the people in the poster. I admit my mistakes and am working to undo the harm I have done in the hopes of solving everything as quickly as possible.

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