Former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo was asked by American Airlines to put more clothes on shortly before boarding on a flight to Cabo San Lucas, in Mexico.
1. ‘Put more clothes on’
Her sister, Aurora Culpo, shared the “incident” on her Instagram story on Thursday, 13 January, as the two sisters were about to go on a trip with Olivia’s boyfriend Christian McCaffrey. The 29-year-old model’s sister Aurora Culpo said that airline officials asked her sibling to “cover up” before boarding on their plane.
“Olivia and I are going to Cabo and look at her outfit,” Aurora said, while filming her sister, who was wearing a long black cardigan, sports bra, biker shorts and a face mask. “She looks cute. She looks appropriate. No.”, expressed Aurora.
While nothing inappropriate was being revealed by Olivia’s outfit, the former Miss USA and Universe quickly complied with the airline’s request. She borrowed her boyfriend’s sweatshirt and boarded the flight without further issue. But on her Instagram story, Aurora called the incident “f*cked up.”
“They call her up to the desk and tell her that she needs to put a blouse on, otherwise she can’t get on the plane,” she continued in the clip, which Olivia shared to her own Instagram Story. “Tell me is that not so f*cked up.”.
2. Arbitrary enforcement
The episode was widely commented on the Internet, with many blaming the airline of sexism, for arbitrarily enforcing dress codes that seem to be based on personal taste rather than on an established code. According to the American Airlines conditions of carriage, passengers must “Dress appropriately; bare feet or offensive clothing aren’t allowed” — a rule that comes right after “Be respectful that your odor isn’t offensive (unless it’s caused by a disability or illness).”
“It’s still a mystery why Culpo was targeted and publicly embarrassed, but the slew of passengers who pass through airports in pajama pants and fleece onesies are never called out for wearing inappropriate attire“, wrote Elisabeth Sherman.