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Body Positive Influencer Karina Irby Busted for Edited Photos Despite Building a Brand on Being 'Honest and Transparent'

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May 11 2023, Published 12:15 p.m. ET

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Body positive influencer Karina Irby is being called out for highly editing her photos on Instagram, despite telling her followers not to.

John Dorsey uploaded a series of videos of the star, who has 1.2 million followers on Instagram alone, and how she's been Photoshopping her content.

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"@karinairby, I’m super disappointed in you. You’ve built a brand off of 'I’m genuine, I don’t edit, that’s toxic and harmful to body image' but you do edit — and you do use your position as an influencer to not only deceive your audience but to profit from the deception. You’re a wolf in sheep’s clothing and you owe your audience and apology. Awful," Dorsey uploaded a video comparing two photos.

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Though the blonde beauty admitted she "slightly" edits her photos, she is now at a place where she's more accepting and "open about my journey when it comes to self-love and acceptance on socials."

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"I have come a long way since then — as have many other creators and social media as a whole," the influencer said in a statement, per Daily Mail Australia. "I would argue that I am one of the most open, honest and transparent creators on social media in 2023. It's pretty obvious when you look at my content — Posts, Reels, Stories — that you're getting the authentic, unedited and unfiltered version of me. Which can rub some people the wrong way. It's for this reason that I focus more of my time on TikTok videos as it is a more authentic and transparent place. Being in the public eye with years and years of strangers telling my I am ugly, I am fat, I have gross skin, I have had work done etc can take a toll on a person. This is why I speak heavily about online bullying, due to the effects it's had on me in the past."

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"I did try to speak openly and maturely to the person that runs this account, however, they weren't interested in a conversation," she said, seemingly referring to Dorsey. "Obviously the nature of this person's post isn't to have an open / honest dialogue and they are just here to create hate towards me, bully and tear me down. Basically, he's a clout-chaser, enjoying the hits that come from bullying someone he doesn't know anything about."

She then gave some examples of how Dorsey belittled her. "It is is a little funny when you see the lengths that people will go to — and the things they will create in their heads — when all they want to do is bring someone down and get hits on their hate-posts," she said. "Thankfully, I have such a strong audience of customers, friends and community from our brands — Moana Bikini and The Moana Smile Club - that can see through all of this manufactured drama. Thankfully for me — but unfortunately for the next girl — I am sure he will move onto picking on someone else so he can make himself feel big and strong behind his phone screen."

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