Gym tells woman breasts ‘too large’ for tank top

Jenna Vecchio says she was asked to change out of her tank top despite club advertisements depicting other women in similar outfits.
Jenna Vecchio says she was asked to change out of her tank top despite club advertisements depicting other women in similar outfits.

ORLEANS, ON (WCMH) – A woman says she was ‘body shamed’ when gym staff told her that her chest size was too large to wear a tank top while working out.

It happened Saturday at the Movati Athletic Club in Orleans, Ontario.

In a Facebook post under the name Rose Nickels, Jenna Vecchio said she was told her tank top was inappropriate dress and was offensive to staff and other members.

That post has now been shared more than 4,000 times.

“After asking every woman at the club who I could find on the way out if my attire offended them and they responded no, it became clear that the only ones offended were the two women supervisors working at the club today,” Vecchio said. “I pointed out to them that my shirt was no different than any other woman’s shirt. They informed me that it did not matter that due to my chest size I could not wear a tank top.”

Vecchio said she felt humiliated and discriminated against due to her figure.

In a statement provided to MetroNews Canada, a gym spokesperson said Vecchio’s top was seen as contrary to the gym’s dress code.

At Movati Athletic, we strive daily to create an atmosphere where all our members feel welcome, feel comfortable and feel healthy. We ask members to be respectful of each other when in the gym, to include wearing modest athletic attire and appropriate shoes, limiting cell phone usage and keeping the facility clean. It is important to us that all members have a positive experience at Movati, and we take their needs and feelings very seriously. As such, on Saturday when some members of our gym voiced complaints regarding Ms. Vecchio’s attire as it made them feel uncomfortable and was seen as being contrary to our dress code policy our staff assessed the situation and spoke to Ms. Vecchio. While in no way did we intend to embarrass her, we did feel we had to address the issue. We are still looking into the matter, and would be happy to sit down and speak with Ms. Vecchio in more detail as we continue to investigate the incident.

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