Plus-Size Blogger Fights Back After Hotel Tells Her To 'Cover Up'

Plus-size blogger Anna O’Brien has recently spoken out against being told to "cover up" her body at a prearranged photoshoot in a Las Vegas hotel. Booked in with the PR team, O’Brien organised a swimwear shoot in the Sin City hotel on 10th April. She explicitly confirmed she would be shooting swimsuits for her fashion and lifestyle blog, Glitter and Lazers.
The hotel reportedly replied that she “was welcome to shoot anywhere in the hotel except the casino floor, provided [she] had no large equipment.” The gold lobby where O’Brien went to pose in her Curvy Beach bikini was free to use, approved by the hotel and an excellent spot for look book shots.
Almost immediately after hitting the marble floor and beginning to pose, O’Brien and her photographer were approached by security and told to put on clothing, as she “wasn’t allowed to wear a swimsuit.” Defeated, she returned to her room, Yahoo Style reports, but decided to try again an hour later. The same scene played out – O’Brien says she was told she needed to put on clothes over her one-piece or leave.
This time, O’Brien tried to argue: She explained her agreement with the hotel’s PR and showed security personnel their email correspondence. Again, she was forced to leave. While this could have been a misunderstanding between hotel staff, O’Brien took to Instagram on Wednesday to discuss the larger social implication of this refusal.
“I find it ironic that I’ve taken photos in swimsuits all over the world and the one place I was told to cover up was Las Vegas,” the social media star captioned her photo. “Sure, thin girls in thοngs and pasties are A-OK but a plus girl in a full coverage suit, trying to take an epic editorial shot - now that’s just too much. Jokes on them though, I’d already gotten the perfect photo. They can’t erase this happened. I’m learning as I push myself to do more editorial type concepts, the push back is greater. But that’s why I push. It’s more than just a girl in the city of sin in a bikini, It’s a statement. We will be seen. We’re not hiding anymore. And we’re going to wear whatever we want, wherever we want. Not just in Vegas. EVERYWHERE. Change is coming; the question is are you going to stand in the way or help us push through?”
By being told to cover up while others wore the same amount of clothing, O’Brien was not only left out of pocket for the cost of her trip – which she made specifically to shoot in the hotel – but also belittled for being in swimwear in a city that is said to celebrate women’s bodies. Whether a showgirl, a stripper or simply a #girlboss on holiday, you can be as naked as you want on the Las Vegas strip – as long as you’re a thin woman. And as O’Brien put it, this is emblematic of a society-wide problem.

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Nonetheless, Anna O’Brien has used this setback as a way to inspire. This bikini shot is not just a plus-size style post, but an act of defiance. By existing openly, happily, in as few or as many clothes as she likes – and building a career out of it – O’Brien is fighting for fat acceptance. By openly discussing her “push backs” she’s helping those who can’t speak out about their struggle.
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