When Emily Clow hopefully applied for a marketing job in Austin, Texas, the last thing she expected was to be shamed on that very company’s Instagram page.
After applying for a role with Kickass Masterminds, Emily saw a bikini-clad picture of herself on their Instagram story. The page posted a picture of her, taken from her private Instagram account, to shame her on “professionality.” The company warned applicants from having pictures like this on their account stating, “I am looking for a professional marketer – not a bikini model.”
The company went on to say, “Go on with your bad self and do whatever in private. But this is not doing you any favors finding a professional job.”
Needless to say, Emily Clow was understandably shocked to see this on Kickass Masterminds Instagram story and immediately spoke out online through her various social accounts.
i was objectified earlier today by a company because of a picture of me in a bikini. they claimed it made me an “unprofessional.” they screenshot the photo, posted it on their insta story and called me out.— Emily Clow (@emilyeclow) October 1, 2019
i am still baffled that the company handled it in such a manner.
Emily posted the screenshots of her exchange with the company and immediately support poured in. Several people even offered to help Clow find a job in her desired field. “The support is absolutely phenomenal,” she reported to news outlets.
Emily asked the company twice to remove the photograph, both times they refused. However, after the post caught fire online and quickly went viral, people began to harass the company for the invasion of privacy as well as shaming for wearing a bikini. The company has since removed all social media and taken down their website.
Oh, how the tables hath turned…