Anna O’Brien, a blogger of plus-size, has spoken out against being told to ” coverup” her body during a prearranged photoshoot at a Las Vegas hotel. O’Brien organized an April 10 swimwear shoot at the Sin City Hotel. O’Brien explicitly stated that she would shoot swimsuits for her fashion blog, glitter, and Lazers.
According to reports, the hotel replied that O’Brien was allowed to take photos anywhere within the hotel except on the casino floor — which meant the gold lobby where O’Brien posed in her Curvy beach bikini. The facility also approved O’Brien’s use of the lobby.
O’Brien and her photographer hit the marble floor almost immediately and began to pose. O’Brien claims that security approached her and asked her to put on clothes because she was “not allowed to wear swimsuits.” She returned to her room Yahoo Style reports but decided to go back to it an hour later. O’Brien claims she was told to wear clothes over her one-piece or she would be expelled.
O’Brien tried to argue again. She explained her agreement with hotel PR and showed security personnel the email correspondence. She was still forced to leave. O’Brien, despite the possibility that there was a miscommunication between the hotel staff and O’Brien, took to Instagram Wednesday to discuss the wider social implications of the incident.
She captioned her photo, “It’s ironic that I have taken photos in swimsuits all around the world and Las Vegas was the only place I was asked to cover up.” Yes, thin girls wearing thongs or pasties are fine, but a plus-sized girl in full coverage suits trying to get an epic editorial shot is just too much. Jokes aside, I had already taken the perfect photo. They won’t be able to undo what happened. As I push myself to produce more editorial-type concepts, I am realizing that the resistance is stronger. That’s why I push. It’s not just a girl in a bikini in the city of sin, it’s also a statement. We will be seen. We are not going to hide anymore. We’re open to wearing whatever we like, wherever we are. It’s not just Vegas. EVERYWHERE. Change is on the horizon; the question is, “Are you going to hinder or facilitate the transition?”
O’Brien was told to cover up, while others wore the exact same amount of clothing. O’Brien was also left without a receipt for the cost of the trip, which she booked to shoot in the hotel. She was also criticized for wearing swimwear in a city where women can be as naked or thin as they like. This is a problem that affects society in general, O’Brien said.
O’Brien used the setback to inspire. O’Brien’s bikini photo is more than a style post for plus-size women. It is an act of defiance. O’Brien fights for fat acceptance by living openly and happily in as many or as few clothes as she wants — and making a career of it. O’Brien also discusses her “pushbacks” to help those who are unable to speak up about their struggles.