Plus size women have been having a bit of a hard time on YouTube recently. This week we covered the plus size fashion vlogger who was severely trolled for losing weight and saving her life. Today we’re back with the story of Gabriella Lascano, a model and YouTube creator who faced a strong warning from YouTube – for modelling a dress. Seriously.
Let us give you a little bit of background. Gabriella Lascano is a Latina American model turned social media star based in New York. Her channel, GabriellaGlamour, has over 20,000 followers and over 60,000 on Instagram. Like her username suggests, Gabriella is all about the full glamour life and her clothing and makeup choices totally reflect this resulting in one fierce and flawless look. From a bodycon dress to sports luxe, this girl has got it down.
So as you’d imagine, Gabriella is a big fan of a clothing haul over on her YouTube channel; where she showcases how to look sexy and sassy, no matter what your size. But the last thing she expected was for a “holiday haul” video to be flagged as “sexually explicit”. Featuring a body con dress and a turtleneck dress, the video certainly gave us some style inspo.
However, according to YouTube, Gabriella’s video was apparently “not suitable for younger viewers” and was placed behind an age restriction wall.
The email from YouTube even stated that the platform was “not a place for violent, graphic or humiliating fetishes”.
Speaking to Revelist, Gabriella said she was offended that YouTube had made such assumptions about her video; especially when clearly it doesn’t feature any sexual content.
“I was really excited; it’s my most watched video. I have been watching it grow and it’s just been such a source of joy and such an accomplishment for me as well as helping me make money and just grow my social networks…It really bothers me, first of all, that my video would be seen as fetishized or pornographic or sexually explicit in any way because it definitely was not….I have seen firsthand how my size has influenced my ability to get hired for professional-setting jobs and finding YouTube and social media as a platform and as a means of making money was such an amazing thing for me, and now I feel like I’m not even accepted here.”
We really struggle to understand what YouTube were thinking; because we’ve recently covered some seriously weird child-based challenge videos that, to be honest, we think overstep the mark. So how is a plus size woman doing a little dance as she showcases the material and fit of her clothing a “violent, graphic or humiliating fetish”?!
At the time of writing, the video no longer seems to be behind an age wall; but if you ask us, this should never have happened in the first place.