Courtney Ann was nearing 1 million followers on her Instagram account @texasthighs when it was suddenly shut down.
The fitness — and, well, ass — Instagram model and influencer, who is a Fort Worth mother, has had the account for more than two years. She says that while it has been taken down before when Instagram said she broke the platform's guidelines, this is the longest streak. She says hundreds, if not thousands, of her followers have told her that they reported to Instagram that the account was taken down as a mistake, but Instagram has not brought it back or responded to Courtney's various attempts at contact.
Courtney, who has never given out of her last name, regularly posts images of herself in a thong, showing off her toned butt on @texasthighs.
"We know that there are times when people might want to share nude images that are artistic or creative in nature, but for a variety of reasons, we don’t allow nudity on Instagram," Instagram's community guidelines state. "This includes photos, videos and some digitally created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks. It also includes some photos of female nipples, but photos of post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding are allowed. Nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures is OK, too."
Courtney says she has read the guidelines many times and follows all of the rules, but she's unsure why her account has been taken down, while other accounts, like @playmateiryna, @allison.parker22 and @saraunderwood are still up.
Courtney promotes her website and Snapchat through her Instagram, and with a paid membership, users can access more photos. Courtney isn't sure if that's why she's been kicked off, but she points out that many other Instagram accounts promote other social media accounts as well.
"I got a message that my account has been disabled for sexual posts and selling sexual services," Courtney says. "But my posts are not sexual and my site isn't even 18 and up."
Courtney's website is not for sexual services; instead just for $10 per month, anyone can see her private Snapchats, which are at the same risqué level of her public Instagram, she told us in 2017. The members are mainly men, but some women pay to be inspired to work out more.
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Allison Parker's Instagram shows her nipples, which is against Instagram's community guidelines.
"I am beyond livid and lost, and it's irritating as hell," Courtney says.
In the meantime, you can follow Courtney's backup page at @texasthighsfitlife.
Instagram did not return a request for comment.