Woman Told by Gym Staff That Her Tank Top Was "Offensive" Because of Her Chest Size

Woman Told by Gym Staff That Her Tank Top Was "Offensive" Because of Her Chest Size

Jenna Vecchio wore a black tank top when she went to work out at her local Movati Athletic gym in Ontario, Canada, according to Metro. Nothing out of the ordinary there — except that her seemingly typical outfit drew the attention of the gym's staff, who wanted her to cover up.

Vecchio said a staff member approached her to tell her that her tank top was "inappropriate" and "offensive" due to her chest size, according to a Facebook message she posted Saturday (her name on Facebook is Rose Nickels). The only way she could finish her workout was if she wore a T-shirt, the staff apparently told her. 

"I said I can't help it that my chest may appear larger than some other women's here because of my small frame, but I can't do anything about it," Vecchio told Metro. The interaction left her feeling "humiliated and discriminated against due to my figure," she wrote on Facebook. 

Movati staff argued that they have a modest dress code, and can enforce it as a private establishment. But Vecchio pointed out that women in Movati ads are wearing tank tops. Vecchio said she especially felt "singled out" because other women — and men — were able to wear tank tops. "Different figures means different rules?" 

In her post, Vecchio said she asked multiple female gym-goers if her outfit was offensive and received a unanimous "no." Even Facebook users agreed with her, one calling the confrontation "bullshit." 

So if society is going to tell women they can't wear bikinis if they're plus-sized, and they can't wear tank tops because they're small-framed, then what can they wear? 

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