Despite its strict nudity guidelines, Instagram hosts a passionate naturist community.
There are numerous pages dedicated to stripping off in picturesque settings – and one of the most popular was @naked.in.nature.
The account racked up 170,000 followers, some who submitted their own nude photos to the site.
But to the dismay of its fans, the page has been removed from Instagram without a trace.
Chantelle, who founded the photo blog four years ago, is devastated that the feed has been taken down.
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The social media guru, who enjoys celebrating natural beauty in all its forms, spoke to Daily Star Online about her dilemma.
She said: “It’s taken four years to grow it to the point it’s at.
“At first I worked tirelessly by commenting on others pages, liking their stuff, requesting to use their photos etc.
“Finally the tables turned and people started requesting to submit their photos.
“I would spend a lot of time responding to comments, messages (on both the platform and private email), developing my website for Naked in Nature, creating and selling products, creating partnerships with companies etc.
“To summarise, it took a lot of time.
“I never once paid for a follower, they were authentic, and it took a lot of discipline and motivation to build it up to where it was.”
Chantelle says followers are confused as to why the @naked.in.nature page has been removed.
She said: “It meant way more to my followers than I ever imagined it would.
“I’ve had so many emails from people wondering what the heck happened, all hoping it will come back and asking if there’s anything they can do.
“There’s people who have thanked me for planting the idea in their head of trying to get Naked in Nature because it made them feel more free than they ever have in their whole life.
“When you have somebody thank you for that, it’s a little overwhelming.
“I’ve had people tell me they wouldn’t be the same person they are today without the account, and that they’re finally happy with accepting who they are because of it.”
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Chantelle has asked Instagram to restore the page.
She thinks moderators should re-think their decision – insisting that the page is focused on body positivity and not sex.
The account founder explained: “There’s nothing sexual at all about the photos I post to Naked in Nature – they are the human body in its natural form.
“Why are we ashamed of how we look naturally? Some of the photos are very tastefully produced the way any art would be.”
But despite her protests and multiple claims, it doesn’t look like the account is going to be restored.
Daily Star Online contacted Instagram for a response, but a spokesperson declined to comment.
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