Social media star on a mission to fight body image stereotypes

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Newstalk ZB,
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Audio,
Publish Date
Tuesday, 8 January 2019, 8:55a.m.
Social media star and amputee Jess Quinn wants people to know that they are ok to be themselves. Photo / Doug Sherring

A New Zealand model and social influencer is on a mission to fight body image stereotypes.

Jess Quinn, who was a finalist on Dancing with the Stars, is a cancer survivor and amputee.

Last year, a photo of the 26-year-old was altered to make her skin appear smoother and her waist smaller.

Quinn wants a law that requires any commercially used photo of a model that's been photo shopped, to have a caption saying so.

She told Tim Dower she's starting a petition and hopes to get at least 100,000 signatures.

"I was persuaded to bring a petition to Parliament after I contacted Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. To have the Prime Minister of New Zealand reply to a message - I'm sure she's got some other massive things going on - it was really amazing."

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