Caitlin Flynn
Updated Nov 28, 2016 @ 2:46 pm

When new mom Desiree Barnes struggled with body image after the birth of her son, she joined forces with the Body Joy Project in an effort to promote body positivity. Her beautifully creative post-pregnancy body picture was removed from Instagram, but that hasn’t stopped Barnes from sharing her incredibly important body positive wisdom with the world.

In the spring 2015 photo shoot, Barnes’ friend Charlotte Dean covered her in finger paint before she posed for the photos with Body Joy Project.

“Now that I have baby Fox, I look at my body in a totally different way. I am amazed by all of its natural functions ― the nurturing and feeding of another human being from one’s own body is a trip!” Barnes continues.

When the 4th Trimester Bodies Project posted Barnes’ photos to Instagram, the social media site repeatedly removed one photo (pictured above) multiple times. Instead of letting Instagram’s unfair action destroy her confidence, Barnes chose to post it on her own account.

Although the photo was removed from her personal account as well, Take Back Postpartum, Tribe de Mama, and The Art of Birth have since shared the image in a wonderful gesture of support and solidarity. You can also read Desiree’s original caption here.

Barnes recently gave birth to her second son and, although she continues to struggle with body image, she focuses on the positive.

Barnes’ courage and willingness to be vulnerable in order to help others is something to be applauded — and it’s the last thing in the world that should be censored.