A Tennessee woman was swimming in her apartment complex’s pool, when all of a sudden, she was ordered to leave. It was due to her swimsuit, which was deemed “inappropriate,” according to management. After seeing what the young woman was actually wearing, viewers have been appalled.
Tori Jenkins had been swimming at the pool at the Smoking Cross Apartments with five of her friends and her boyfriend for just three minutes when the leasing consultant said her “thong bathing suit” was inappropriate.
“I know what I look like, I bought this myself, it’s not a thong,” Jenkins responded. The consultant then called her to his office and told her to pose for pictures so she could see the problem for herself, saying she didn’t understand the situation because she didn’t have children of her own.
The leasing agent also said he wouldn’t want her around his own kids and that a normal bathing suit “covers the whole butt.”
A distraught woman was ordered to get out of a public pool because she was too curvy and her swimsuit might ‘excite teen boys’.
Tori Jenkins, who was swimming in a pool at her apartment in Knoxville, Tennessee, was then ordered to pose for photos in her one-piece to show how ‘inappropriate’ it was.
Jenkins has garnered the sympathy of many who heard her story after Jenkins’s boyfriend Tyler Newman posted the story and pictures of his ‘humiliated’ girlfriend on Facebook. [Source: Daily Mail]
“I’ve never seen my fiancée so embarrassed to the point where she can’t even look her best friends in the face,” Newman shared via social media. “I’ve never seen her cry like she did in our apartment today. Never seen her want to be isolated like that. All because some ignorant a**holes think they can police the size and shape of her body. I’ve never seen a woman so disrespected.”
“MY POINT: My fiancée being told she should cover up on a 90 degree day in our own apartment pool because she will ‘excite teenage boys’ is bulls***. I will not stand for this,” added Newman, according to The Sun. “My fiancée should be able to wear a bathing suit without being sexualized and demeaned. She shouldn’t feel violated.”
Social media users have come out in droves to defend Jenkins and offer their support after the humiliating debacle with the leasing agent at her apartment complex. “You look amazing! I’m so sorry people can be such a-holes! You didn’t deserve anything that happened to you that day,” wrote a woman named Tara Mash. “I hope you won’t let that awful woman’s words change the way you view yourself or your body. Hugs to you!!”
“I’d just like to say on my own behalf that I’m really amazed by all of the overwhelming support I’ve received,” Jenkins wrote on Facebook after her story received more than 18,000 shares. “Thank you all, you really don’t know how much it means to me,” she continued.
“It hasn’t even been that long since it happened but I can tell you that I’ve felt really shitty about myself since,” she added. “Being distracted by friends and work and your wonderful comments have made this process a whole lot easier.”
It’s hard to imagine that Tori Jenkins’ one-piece swimsuit was the most revealing at her apartment’s swimming pool that day, but the most shocking aspect of this story is certainly the leasing agent’s insistence that she pose for photographs in the office. Hopefully, the manager is fired in short order for degrading her in such a way. If anyone was being inappropriate, it was the manager, not Jenkins.