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Wrestler Eva Marie vs the Qantas Dress Code

Wrestler Eva Marie vs the Qantas Dress Code
Taylor Rains

In the latest WWE matchup, wrestler Eva Marie takes on the Qantas Dress Code. Over the weekend, the fitness model attempted to enter the Qantas business class lounge at the Melbourne Airport but was denied entry due to her wearing activewear, even though she was holding a business class ticket. Eva Marie took to Twitter with this to say:

“In 2020 @qantas airlines Melbourne won’t allow a woman holding a business class ticket to enter their business class lounge in active wear. My business IS fitness and an active lifestyle. Qantas prefers their women in a dress.”

She later added a statement about her husband who was allowed to enter with a tshirt and gym shorts, “This is NOT a dresscode issue, I support a business’ right to enforce equitable dresscode standards. However, My husband was allowed in no problem wearing this. While I was kicked out wearing this. My issue is that standards should be equitably enforced.”

Although Eva Marie was allowed to be upset, she was, in fact, breaking the dress code. Qantas’ website states, “To ensure an enjoyable experience when you’re visiting our Qantas domestic lounges, we ask that you follow our smart casual dress guidelines. These guidelines are intended to create an environment everyone can enjoy, so please be mindful of your choice of clothing and footwear when visiting Qantas Clubs and Business Lounges in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney. Our team will decline entry if some items of clothing are too casual or inappropriate.” Unacceptable clothing includes, but is not limited to:

  • Flip flops
  • Bare feet
  • Head-to-toe gym wear
  • Beachwear (including boardshorts)
  • Sleepwear (including ugg boots and slippers)
  • Clothing featuring offensive images or slogans
  • Revealing, unclear, or torn clothing

Eva Marie’s tweets received mixed reactions. Some agreed, with one follower commenting, “Wow…that’s disgusting. Fair enough at having a dress code, but it should at least be equal.” Another chimed in, “No. No. No. Men have to follow the same rules. No singlets, or tracksuits. No gym wear.”

Others criticized the ex-wrestler, believing she was using her influence to get around the rules. One user said, “Don’t try to play gender discrimination card to get your way. Rules are rules, as far as I can tell, your husband wears shorts and a t-shirt while it’s hard to tell what you are wearing.” Another commented, “Just because your business is fitness does not mean you should travel looking like that. Look around the lounge and if you can see any deep-sea divers sitting around in wet suits, then complain, if not go and change.”

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  1. knownothing

    January 24, 2020 at 5:56 am

    Flying back from Mexico on Delta. Delta’s “longest working FA” was in first. A couple coming off their honeymoon boarded and both had first class seats – but the were separated, one in the last row of first (by economy lavs) They asked her if she could find them seats together and she said no – loudly. A gentleman sitting next to one of them offered to move and she told him she was in charge and she said no and if he argued, she would have him removed from the plane (AND the seat would remain empty).
    I wrote a letter to Delta explaining the situation while I was on board and passed it around. Every passenger in first (and one of the FAs) signed the letter. Got a note back from Delta stating she would no longer be flying but would have a training job.

  2. Grog

    January 24, 2020 at 6:30 am

    The photo above was cropped such that it’s completely lost its relevance. What was your editorial motive in intentionally presenting a situation inaccurately due to cropping?

  3. MimiB22

    January 24, 2020 at 6:33 am

    It seems it’s mostly women who are singled out for wearing inappropriate clothing. That’s her main point I believe. Why was it OK for her husband to enter wearing a tee shirt and gym shorts [which is gym wear by any definition] while her head to toe outfit was not? She looks neat and put together. Did he?

  4. BOBAD

    January 24, 2020 at 7:17 am

    A dress code? … On an arline?…. How very 1973.

  5. PointsPanda

    January 24, 2020 at 8:03 am

    Just by posting this your giving into her publicity stunt and encouraging others to do the same.

  6. IBJoel

    January 24, 2020 at 8:28 am

    She’s fully covered in the “suit” of her brand and business. Sounds like those bars/clubs that have racist dress codes.

  7. CaptRogerMurdoch

    January 24, 2020 at 9:11 am

    From the actual social media post, she is hunched over a bit. It is not as obvious that the sweatshirt top is somewhat of a crop top. So that may cause offense to some. You see women all the time dressed like that in all classes – the bottoms are effectively leggings – and most aren’t fitness models.

    All types of short shorts and short skirts too, flip.flops, heels – which is astonishing if you consider the unlikely but still possible need to evacuate via slide.

    Fully covered arms and legs, cotton or wool, flats. That’s the rule for my family, and friends who will.listen.

  8. dsellens

    January 24, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    I see two sides to this story. First, Airline clubs are behind security, so they are not truly “public”. You have to have a ticket to get near them. Thus the idea of having a dress code for them is just plain dumb. This is doubly true because this is a business class and above club, so those in the cheap seats are not allowed anyway, which would eliminate some of the worst offenders of common decency in dress.

    Second, She has no business wearing those pants outside of a gym. They are not appropriate dress for an airport at all, let alone on a plane. As for her husband, no picture, was he really wearing “gym” shorts or just shorts. If they were gym shorts, then she has a point about even enforcement, but see first point. On the other hand, you would never catch me wearing any kind of shorts on a plane, you’d freeze to death.

  9. Move678

    January 24, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    I could be naive but it seems pretty simple. When you come into my house, rules are take your shoes off, I dont care if they’re brand new, it’s my house. I don’t own Qantas. If I want to use their lounge, I follow their rules.

  10. Shareholder

    January 25, 2020 at 9:14 am

    While I am old fashioned enough to consider shorts (on a man or a woman) are inappropriate for a premium airline lounge (and on the plane itself), what she is wearing is quite unsuitable for wearing in public places other than a gym! Not only is the crop top deceptive in the photo, but the tight pants are pornographic in what they reveal! No it’s not gender discrimination but pure and simple civility. This exhibitionist should be banned from flying Qantas until she learns what’s acceptable in polite society!

  11. SpudOz

    January 25, 2020 at 6:08 pm

    The dress code is not in relation to actually boarding the aircraft, it is entry into the Qantas Club or Qantas Business lounge which have dress rules. If you dont like the rules, dont go in.

  12. ranles

    January 26, 2020 at 11:20 am

    Her business is fitness…argument is questionable. What if her job was nude model or topless dancer?

    Meeting the dress code is the basis of the decision, or at least should be.

  13. jonsail

    January 26, 2020 at 5:11 pm

    In America, the US, Australia, NZ and Canada, we should not be getting upset about women wearing either tight fitting clothes or head to toe coverings. This reminds me of the accounts of Franco’s Spain I read about where men got in trouble for swimming bare chested.

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