A Tennessee woman was kicked out of her apartment’s public pool a mere three minutes after she arrived and told her bathing suit was “inappropriate” despite it being a one piece. The woman’s fiancée took to Facebook after the incident to explain the situation and to post pictures of what she was wearing.
Tori Jenkins, 20, was swimming in her apartment’s pool with her fiancée and five of their friends when one of the leasing consultants pulled Jenkins into her office to explain she couldn’t wear a “thong bathing suit,” according to the New York Post.
The consultant took Jenkins in front of a mirror and proceeded to explain that she is curvier than most women and she would need to cover her “whole butt,” the 20-year-old told the Daily Mail. The consultant also said her bathing suit would “excite” teenage boys there.
“There are a lot of teenage boys in this complex,” she said. “You don’t need to excite them.” The banter went on, back and forth between the two for some time until Jenkins felt she was forced to agree that her butt was larger than other girls’ butts and it does cause some of her clothes to ride up.
According to the couple, the two pay $1000 for rent and an extra $300 for the ability to use the pool and Jenkins felt “humiliated.”
Jenkins’ fiancée, Tyler Newman, took to Facebook later that Tuesday evening and made a post that has since gone viral. Newman recounted the consultant’s body shaming conversation with Jenkins.
The post read in part: “Today my fiancée was told that she is less important than how men feel around her. That Tori is less important than a man’s urges to be sexual towards her. I think she’s the most beautiful woman in the world, but I also respect her. I would never make her or any other woman feel less than what she’s worth because of her outfit or her looks.”
Thousands of people came to Jenkins’ defense, so much so, that Jenkins felt obligated to make a post herself to thank everyone for their love and support. “I’d just like to say on my own behalf that I’m really amazed by all of the overwhelming support I’ve received,” she said.
She added, “Thank you all, you really don’t know how much it means to me. It hasn’t even been that long since it happened but I can tell you that I’ve felt really sh***y about myself since. Being distracted by friends and work and your wonderful comments have made this process a whole lot easier. ”
Jenkins isn’t letting the body shaming get to her. Instead she is looking at it as an opportunity to become comfortable in her own skin.