Former WWE wrestler Eva Marie was not granted access to Qantas lounge.  Picture: Instagram/ Natalie Eva Marie.
Former WWE wrestler Eva Marie was not granted access to Qantas lounge. Picture: Instagram/ Natalie Eva Marie.

Was former WWE wrestler Eva Marie booted from Qantas lounge for wearing active wear?

By Clinton Moodley Time of article published Jan 24, 2020

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Actress and former WWE wrestler Eva Marie claims she was booted from Qantas lounge for wearing activewear. 

The television personality, who wore a red two-piece activewear set, took to Twitter to share her thoughts. 

She posted: “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. #genderdiscrimination #qantas.” (sic). 

Marie, whose real name is Natalie Marie Coyle, found it absurd that she was not allowed, while her husband Jonathan Coyle was allowed to enter in his blue t-shirt and shorts. 

She posted an image of them both. 

“Clarification: This is NOT a dresscode issue, I support a businesses 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 @Qantas.” (sic). 

Some fans sided with the actress. 

@tomboy001 shared his experience: “I've travelled in business class wearing long blue jeans and a collared shirt and I was concerned about admission to "Business" Class Lounge, myself.(as I wasn't dressed in business attire).” (sic). 

@FernwehSarah felt there was nothing wrong with her attire. 

“I am in shock how many guys are defending @Quantas for that move. It is clearly gender discrimination and I would have been outraged if that would have happened to me! There is nothing wrong with her outfit - much to the contrary what I have seen on some people in lounges…” (sic). 

Some fans sided with Qantas. 

@legal123au commented: “Hmm...so if someone has a lingerie or bikini business, they should be able to wander around & access a business lounge & flight in lingerie or bikinis? This looks remarkably like a way to promote your business at the expense of Qantas & nothing to do with discrimination. #Qantas.” (sic). 

@jasonwei_au commented: “Don’t try to play gender discrimination card to get your way. Rules are rules, as far as I can tell, your husband wears short and tshirt while it’s hard to tell what you are wearing…” (sic). 

Qantas has not responded to the claims. 

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