Instagram model deletes account after Bali bikini photo sparks angry backlash

Swedish influencer Natalie Schlater posed in a white bikini overlooking a rice field on the Indonesian island – and her caption left many of her 12,000 followers outraged

An Instagram model says she has quit social media after a bikini post from her travels in Bali sparked an angry backlash.

Swedish influencer Natalie Schlater posed in a white bikini overlooking a rice field under gloomy skies on the Indonesian island.

Instagram users slammed the model over her caption in the post, which compared her life to rice workers.

It read: “Thinking about how different my life is from the man picking in the rice field every morning.”

Many of Natalie’s 12,000 followers were left outraged, calling her post “insensitive”, “narcissistic”, “humble brag” and “one of the worst” they had ever seen – but she says she was “misunderstood”.

One follower wrote: “The rice farmer is probably more content with their life though and not the status chasing like the rest of us.”

Another added: “This is one of the worst I’ve ever seen.”

And another wrote: “It is the epitome of the social media generation.”

One posted: “This is just my thinking bikini. Or thinkini for short.”

Natalie, from Stockholm, posed for the photo in Canggu, a Bali hotspot known for its surf beaches and rice paddies.

Before deleting her Instagram account, she tried to defend herself, claiming she had been “misunderstood”.

She wrote: “I am very aware of my privileges and how grateful I am for all that I have in my life and I was recognising how hardworking and unbelievably kind the Indonesian people are and never meant to come off disrespectful.

“That being said I am so sorry if I hurt anyone’s feelings which was never ever my intention.

“Please be kinder to one another and spread kindness and not hate.”

She told the website Bored Panda that the backlash had left her “heartbroken”, and she wishes she could go back in time and write a different caption.

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