Fitness Model Kicked out of Qantas Lounge, Claims Gender Discrimination
Fitness model and former WWE wrestler Natalie Eva Marie has accused Qantas of gender discrimination after she was kicked out of a Qantas lounge for allegedly violating their dress code.
In a society where people will jump to social media to levy accusations at corporations for the smallest of slights, I’m siding with Qantas on this one, and I’m calling foul at her claim that the airline is doing anything unsightly.
Check out what happened, and you decide. Was Qantas discriminating against a woman, or was the woman out of line and out of policy?
A little over a week ago, Eva Marie headed to the Qantas Melbourne Lounge decked out in full head-to-toe neon orange workout gear. When she was asked to leave the lounge, citing the company’s dress code, she decided that she had enough.
She left the lounge and made sure to pose in front of the lounge entrance in full Ryderwear gear. Ryderwear is a bodybuilding and fitness line of clothing (also known as active wear).
In 2020 @qantas airlines Melbourne won’t allow a woman holding a business class ticket to enter their business class lounge in active wear. My business IS fitness and an active lifestyle. Qantas prefers their women in a dress. #genderdiscrimination #qantas pic.twitter.com/j7XbvKvBrY
— Eva Marie (@natalieevamarie) January 16, 2020
To prove her point, she later tweeted that this was obvious gender discrimination because her husband, who was also in active wear, was not kicked out of the lounge.
Nicely done, leaving your husband behind while you are kicked out. If I did that, Ben would give me an immediate divorce whereas she decided to attack Qantas on social media in an attempt to gain more followers.
Clarification: This is NOT a dresscode issue, I support a businesses right to enforce equitable dresscode standards. However, My husband was allowed in no problem wearing this. While I was kicked out wearing this. My issue is that standards should be equitably enforced @Qantas pic.twitter.com/HSbLVc4W62
— Eva Marie (@natalieevamarie) January 16, 2020
Qantas has a very clear dress code for their lounges, one which miss Eva Marie could have found by doing a simple google search before entering the lounge.
According to Qantas:
These guidelines are intended to create an environment everyone can enjoy, so please be mindful of your choice of clothing and footwear when visiting Qantas Clubs and Business Lounges in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
As you can see in the lounge entry requirements, head-to-toe gym wear is strictly prohibited, and there is no denying that she was wearing full active wear.
Her husband was in a t-shirt and shorts, from the same company, but it wasn’t a literal head-to-toe outfit. We’ve seen dozens and hundreds of people dressed in t-shirts and shorts, men and women alike, who have been admitted to the lounge.
According to Mrs Eva Marie, “This is NOT a dresscode issue, I support a businesses right to enforce equitable dresscode standards. However, My husband was allowed in no problem wearing this. While I was kicked out wearing this. My issue is that standards should be equitably enforced.”
She also erroneously claims that since her business IS an active lifestyle and fitness, that she should be allowed to enter the business class lounge in her active fitness wear.
One of the commenters on her twitter feed retorted with something that I find a valid argument. Fitness may be her business, but if a bikini model entered the lounge, could she justify entering a bikini? Just because it’s a business lounge doesn’t mean your business grants you entry.
I’d say there’s nothing wrong with the way the both of you are dressed, for Walmart in Fresno.
— David Payton (@david_payton) January 21, 2020
If your husband was in a singlet board shorts and thongs he would have been denied also. T-shirt and shorts are fine however. Read the dress code protocol. No one in the business lounge wants to see someone sitting in there in track pants.
— Candice (@candicespag) January 17, 2020
What your husband is wearing can be acceptable on a hot day in Australia as a t-shirt and shorts while unfortunately what you are wearing is plain as day gym wear. We see things differently down here, I don’t agree nor disagree I just understand where qantas is coming from.
— Zane McGrath (@zanesrag) January 16, 2020
He’s in summer casual wear, you’re clearly in head to toe gym wear… I’ve been in that exact lounge in jeans and a casual shirt before, it has nothing to do with gender bias… stop claiming discrimination just because you can’t/don’t want to follow the rules.
— Kasspa (@kassieforro) January 19, 2020
Since when is a T-Shirt and shorts active wear? That’s just about what everyone in Australia wears in summer. Had he been wearing a singlet, then yes, he would be denied access also. Don’t even try to claim sexist discrimination here.
— samuel Gray (@samuelG23855919) January 18, 2020
Agreed… he shouldn’t have been allowed in either. Just goes to show money doesn’t equal good dress sense. Why did you even expect to be let in wearing this? Are you just trying to flout rules solely to damage businesses? One wonders what real motivation is.
— Truth&Justice (@itsjuststuff) January 18, 2020
If the airline let you on the plane then what you’re wearing should be perfectly acceptable for their lounge. I have sat around in them wearing cargo shorts, t-shirt, and flip-flops after traveling for 20+ hours. That’s not a pretty site or smell.
— 🌊❤Remember Khashoggi❤🌊 (@ZhombieV) January 22, 2020
I agree with you. Your business is fitness and you are completely covered. You look great. If your business wasn’t fitness maybe I wouldn’t agree as much. You should have been allowed in the club. Especially, based on what your husband is wearing. Fly Delta next time.
— Kimberley Coffey (@1KDC1) January 22, 2020
What do you think? Was her dress against the Qantas dress code? Was she right to be denied entry? Should her husband also have been denied entry?