Just when you thought that dress codes couldn’t get more ridiculous, one 20-year-old Knoxville, Tennessee resident named Tori Jenkins was asked to change out of her bathing suit… At her apartment complex’s pool.
Jenkins was having a pool day with her fiance, Tyler Newman, at the Smoky Crossing Apartments, when it was interrupted by a few of the building’s leasing agents.
After management claimed that they’d received complaints about her “thong bathing suit,” they gave Jenkins an ultimatum: changing her bathing suit, covering up with a pair of shorts, or leaving.
Newman complained that not only was this wrong because they pay their rent and a $300 pool maintenance fee, but also because his fiance’s suit was not a thong, as you can see in the photos accompanying his Facebook post.
When they pointed this out to one of the apartment’s workers, the woman responded that because Jenkins wasn’t a mom, she wouldn’t understand. Not only did the woman attempt to make her feel as though her suit didn’t fit the building’s policy of “duly appropriate” dress, she also attempted body-shaming Tori, telling her that she was “curvier” than others and offering to take pictures of her as evidence. The kicker is that the agent told Jenkins that she was at risk of “exciting” any “teenage boys” at the pool.
For his part, Tyler Newman is totally standing by Jenkins.
“I think she’s the most beautiful woman in the world, but I also respect her,” he wrote. “I would never make her or any other woman feel less than what she’s worth because of her outfit or her looks.”
He went on to say, “Today my fiancé was told that she is less important than how men feel around her.”
Luckily, so many people have been supporting Jenkins, and she’s so grateful for all of the kind words that she’s received.
Meanwhile, the building’s staff doesn’t seem to get it:
“Smoky Crossing is a welcoming family community. Multiple residents within our community complained and expressed concerns regarding Ms. Jenkins’ swimwear. In accordance with our pool policies, which are posted near the swimming area, one of our leasing consultants requested Ms. Jenkins wrap a towel around herself when she was walking around the pool. Ms. Jenkins was never asked to leave the pool.
In addition, our leasing agent did not state that Ms. Jenkins’ swimwear would ‘excite teenage boys.’
Ms. Jenkins and Mr. Newman are valued members of our community. However, we feel it is inappropriate to equate requesting Ms. Jenkins to cover up with sexual harassment or ‘rape culture.’ Smoky Crossing denounces harassment in all forms.”
Tori should be able to rock whichever swimsuit she chooses, regardless of her size or how men may view her. There shouldn’t be any exceptions to the rules and there certainly shouldn’t be any body-shaming.
Let’s hope that Tori and Tyler can enjoy many more pool days without any interruptions.