Is an image of a woman in a swimsuit that reads "Not A Dude!" used in a social media post a real photo? No, that's not true: There is an early version of the image that proves that the woman in question did not have "Not A Dude!" on her swimsuit. Versions of the picture without the message have been widely shared on the internet for years.
The claim appeared in a post (archived here) published on X, formerly known as Twitter, on January 3, 2024. The post showed the image of the woman in a swimsuit that read "Not A Dude!" on the crotch. The post was captioned:
Female athletes are clapping back and I'm absolutely here for it.
This is what the post looked like on X at the time of writing:
(Source: X screenshot taken on Thu Jan 11 17:24:10 2024 UTC)
Lead Stories tried to find the origin of the image and the swimmer in the image. We will update this story if that information is located.