Amputee model says Spanish beach body positivity campaign stole her image and airbrushed her leg

A British Instagram influencer says she was left “trembling with rage” after discovering the Spanish government had used her image for a government campaign promoting body positivity, but edited out her prosthetic leg.

Sian Green-Lord, 32, also becomes the second model from the same ad to claim her photo was used without permission.

In an Instagram video, he said: “I don’t know how to explain the amount of anger I’m feeling right now. There is one thing using my image without my permission. But there is another thing that edits my body.”

She said she only found out about the campaign when her friends messaged her about it and described their reaction when she saw her image, taken from one of her Instagram posts, in the bottom left of the ad. The photo had been edited to remove his prosthetic leg.

The Spanish Ministry of Equality’s campaign has been described by a Spanish politician as emphasizing the message that “all bodies are beach bodies”. These are cutout images of a diverse group of women sitting on a beach, with text superimposed that reads: “Summer is ours too. Enjoy it how, where and with whoever you want.”

Green-Lord’s leg was amputated after she was hit by a taxi while vacationing in New York in 2013.

“I literally don’t know what to say, but it’s more than bad,” said the influencer about the Spanish government’s campaign.

She is the second model to report that her photos have been used without permission.

Earlier this week, another British model and social influencer, Nyome Nicholas-Williams, said on Instagram that the campaign had used her photos without her consent.

She wrote: “So I have just been sent this… my image is being used by the Spanish government in a campaign but they have not asked to use my image or likeness! Great idea but poor execution!”

she later told him the independent that his agent contacted the ministry but have not yet received a response.

On Thursday, the campaign’s creator, Arte Mapache, issued an apology for using photos without permission.

“Faced with the -justified- controversy over the image rights of the illustration, I have decided that the best way to repair the damages that may have derived from my performance is to distribute the money that I have received for the work and give equal parts to the people on the poster,” he told BBC News.

The Spanish government has not yet issued any statement on the controversy.

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