Fitness model speaks out after being kicked out of restaurant for skimpy outfit
An Italian fitness model has spoken out after she was asked to leave a restaurant because of her outfit.
Martina Corradi and her boyfriend went to North Bondi Fish on Australia's Bondi Beach last Thursday evening with the intention of ordering a drink and sitting outside to watch the sunset.
However the couple was instead ushered inside after being told it was "very hot", where a waitress seated them — and that's where the trouble began.
Ms Corradi was wearing white linen trousers, high heels and a bralette-style lacey top.
"Once we were seated [the waitress] said that I had to cover myself because this is inappropriate and it's a classy venue," she told news.com.au.
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"We looked at her and we said, 'You just said that it's very hot, and you didn't suggest to stay out, we said that was OK.'"
The waitress called the restaurant manager over who allegedly agreed that Ms Corradi would have to cover up if she wanted to stay.
"He said that this is inappropriate and he said that I had to wear the jacket no matter if it was hot or not, or I had to leave," she recalled.
"I chose to leave."
She maintains the low-cut sleeveless cropped garment is "actually a top" which she also owns in white.
Beachgoer furious after being kicked out of restaurant for 'not acceptable' outfit
Ms Corradi — a fitness model and personal trainer — later posted a photo of her outfit in the Bondi Local Loop Facebook group to see what others thought.
"I just want an opinion from outside," she wrote.
"Even because I felt very embarrassed and offended at the same time! We did the sign in and we took a sit at the terrace outside, under the sun! The waitress as soon as I took a sit [sic] she said that I'm not well dressed and this is not acceptable to stay in a place like that!"
She added, "Me and my boyfriend we looked at her and we didn't know what to say. We were shocked! I just want an opinion. I don't know, maybe I'm crazy."
Commenters largely took her side, saying she looked "beautiful" and the clothing was appropriate for a beachfront venue.
"It would be inappropriate for the office but not restaurant by the beach," one said.
"Nope you look just fine – ESPECIALLY for the context of Bondi Beach restaurant!" another wrote. "And it's dumb if people are offended by a little boob flesh showing, if you were flat would they then be OK with this look?"
However a few others did suggest the top too closely resembled lingerie for a restaurant.
North Bondi Fish has since apologised to Ms Corradi for the "error of judgment" and offered her a free meal if she wants to return.
General manager Gemma Swanson told the Daily Mail: "We uphold a casual dress code and it is clear that Martina should not have been asked to leave.
"As a result, we will be retraining all of our staff and management on our protocols including dress code."
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