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I can't remove my 'fake bum implants'. Over the past month Aga Brzostowska has been labelled a "blackfish". It's a term used for someone accused of pretending to be black or mixed-race on social media. The suggestion Aga has been faking her race is news to her. The year-old University of Birmingham student told Radio 1 Newsbeat her skin is naturally "not pale".
But she does admit to making it darker. She says she's not suggesting "white privilege is not a thing" - but wants to tell her critics "the assumptions you're making are wrong". Alicja is just one of a of white Instagram influencers who've been accused of changing their features to make themselves look more like black women. People have pointed in their pictures they have darker skin, fuller lips, bigger thighs and bums, and hairstyles that include curls and braids.
Sweden's Emma Hallberg, who has more thanInstagram followers, is the most infamous. She had to defend herself after two photos of her went viral on social media. White girls if you want to pass as Black, how about using your platforms to address the injustices and discrimation actual Black people face.
Don't just appropriate, Appreciate the people you are imitating emmahallberg pic. Emma's defence is similar to the two women accused of blackfishing spoken to by Newsbeat. Alicja admits that two pictures of her which were doing the rounds on Twitter - one from when she was 13 and one taken recently - don't look good for her.
And it makes sense to use my pictures, because without looking at anything or knowing me, it makes sense to put those two pictures together because obviously you can see a mad difference - a crazy difference. It makes sense of what they were trying to get across. Alicja claims the differences in her appearance shown in the two pictures is completely natural - the result of hard work in the gym, and being fresh back from holiday - braids included.
And she thinks part of the reason people are surprised when they find out she's white is down to "stereotypes" about what Polish people look like. I can't help that I have big lips and not the stereotypical Polish features," she says.
As for the braids, Alicja says her friend's little sister had started a hair company and wanted to use her head for pictures. I really appreciate the culture and I really just love the look - Black mixed girl looking for white girl was literally it. Blackfishing has been talked about a lot ever since writer Wanna Thompson's Twitter thread - which highlighted women accused of blackfishing - went viral last month.
Some people have been questioning why it's an issue.
Dara Thurmond, a nurse from New York who's been vocal about blackfishing, told Radio 1 Newsbeat that black people "just being ourselves" has "always been frowned upon". She says her frustration comes when white women who appear to be posing as black don't know "the struggle that black women go through just to be accepted as who they are".
They have to wear weave. She says women accused of blackfishing are being "unfair" to black women who are trying to make it as influencers and get product endorsements of their own. Jaiden Gumbayan is 19, from Jacksonville, Florida, and has also been accused of blackfishing. Like Alicja, she says she understands some of the backlash against her, but denies pretending to be a different race to her own. Comment with ideas for new content. She believes there's a "fine line between appreciation and appropriation".
A name that's been mentioned in almost everything written online about blackfishing is Kardashian. It's because Kim, in particular, has been accused of appropriating black culture on several occasions down the years. The " Kardashian effect " has also been blamed for an apparent rise in young people seeking cosmetic surgeries.
Dara says she wasn't entirely surprised when she heard about the phenomenon of blackfishing. So now they're trying to do things to stay relevant and keep their popularity. Jaiden says that the backlash against her has taught her that there are "other ways of showing appreciation". Good morning world. Alicja says she's had people telling her to kill herself after posting pictures online.
She says the claims that she's been blackfishing mean she'll be more "cautious" with looks like braids in future. Follow Newsbeat on InstagramFacebook and Twitter. Listen to Newsbeat live at and every weekday on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra - if you miss us you can listen back here. Does fashion have a cultural appropriation problem?
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