Anna O’Brien Plus-size blogger has recently spoken out against being told to "cover up" her body at a prearranged photoshoot in a Las Vegas hotel.
O’Brien organised a swimwear shoot in the Sin City hotel on 10th April. She clearly confirmed with hotel PR team that she would be shooting swimsuits for her fashion and lifestyle blog, Glitter and Lazers.
The hotel reportedly replied that she
“was welcome to shoot anywhere in the hotel except the casino floor, provided [she] had no large equipment.”
The gold lobby where O’Brien went to pose in her Curvy Beach bikini was free to use, approved by the hotel and an excellent spot for look book shots.
Almost immediately after stepping the marble floor and beginning to pose, O’Brien and her photographer were approached by security and told to put on clothing, as she “wasn’t allowed to wear a swimsuit.”
Defeated, she returned to her room and decided to try again an hour later. The same scene repeated out – O’Brien says she was told she needed to put on clothes over her one-piece or leave hotel.
This time, O’Brien tried to argue: She explained her agreement with the hotel’s PR and showed security personnel their email correspondence. Again, she was forced to leave.
While this could have been a misunderstanding between hotel staff, O’Brien took to socialmedia to discuss the larger social implication of this refusal.
“I find it ironic that I’ve taken photos in swimsuits all over the world and the one place I was told to cover up was Las Vegas - city that is said to celebrate women’s bodies"."
“Sure, thin girls in thοngs and pasties are A-OK as long as you’re a thin woman but a plus girl in a full coverage suit, trying to take an epic editorial shot - now that’s just too much. Jokes on them though, I’d already gotten the perfect photo. They can’t erase this happened."