A Turkish bodybuilder and social media influencer living in the US says she was stopped from boarding a plane because airport authorities found her fashion style too offensive.
Deniz Saypinar, 26, a fitness model, claims she was banned on July 8 from boarding her flight from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Texas to Miami after American Airlines flight attendants found her fashion sense unfitting.
"You will never believe what happened to me at Texas Airport," Ms Saypinar said while sharing her experience with her one million Instagram followers
She said she was told she was "naked" and her style "disturbed other families" at the airport.
Ms Saypinar tried to defend herself by telling her followers: "I am not naked."
She later shared an Instagram post explaining her side and tagged American Airlines.
"I am an athlete, and now I have to wait here until the morning," she wrote.
"I like to wear feminine clothes that reveal my femininity, but I never dress in a way that will offend anyone. I'm mature and civilised enough to know what I can and cannot wear.
"I don't deserve to be treated like the worst person in the world for wearing denim shorts. What separates us from animals if humans can't control even their most primitive impulses," she added.
To prove her case, Ms Saypinar also showed her fans her outfit which included a brown crop top, denim shorts and trainers, as well as a white blouse tied around her waist.
"It is 2021, and there is still a dress code you have to follow to board a plane, of course, only if you are a woman. This is ridiculous," a follower said.
"Teach society to respect women, rather than telling women what to wear or what to do," another person added.
Ms Saypinar, who has been working as a personal trainer for seven years, was the first non-US citizen to win the US National Bikini Fitness Competition in 2021.
She said she had recently moved to Los Angeles to advance her bodybuilder career and "experience freedom".
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