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Texas Company Facing Backlash For Sharing Applicant’s Bikini Photo To Shame For Being 'Unprofessional'

One woman is appalled after a company she applied to work at shared her bikini photo online without permission to warn other applicants what ‘unprofessionalism’ looks like.

Emily Clow submitted an application for a position with Kickass Masterminds, a local start-up business in Texas. The 24-year old college graduate says she was initially attracted to the company because it was “founded by women” and “seemed to support women in business,” The Hill reports. Emily was elated when a representative from the company reached out to her and said they wanted to proceed with the application process.

She explained that the company instructed her to follow them on Instagram. Emily thought this would increase her chances of getting hired, so she began following them through her personal account. However, that’s when things took at turn for the worse.

Emily was shocked when she was looking through the company’s official Instagram stories one day and found her own photo. Kickass Masterminds has screenshotted a photo Emily had posted in June, which featured her wearing a red swimsuit. Though the company had cropped her face out of the photo, her bikini-clad body was otherwise center fold.

In the caption, the company warned potential employees that this is not what they want to see on social media. "PSA (because I know some of you applicants are looking at this) do not share your social media with a potential employer if this is the kind of content on it,” the caption read. “I am looking for a professional marketer — not a bikini model.”

It continued, "Go on with your bad self and do whatever in private. But this is not doing you any favors in finding a professional job.”

Emily says she was instantly confused and embarrassed by the post, arguing she doesn’t understand why a female-founded company would think it’s okay to objectify and shame an applicant so publicly. "You don't expect a potential employer to do something like this," Emily has since told the media. "To have someone that seems really intrigued and wants to meet with you, only to see this is shocking."

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“I know many women my age have gone through the job application process as I have,” she continued. “No one would have expected a potential employer to use their application as an example without their permission, let alone use a bikini picture from social media to deem someone as unprofessional.”

When Emily reached out to the company to the company asking them to delete her photo, however, they didn’t comply. She claims to have contacted Kickass Masterminds several times about the issue, but on the third try the company simply blocked her. The photo was eventually deleted from their story since Instagram Stories disappear after 24 hours.

Many people have expressed their support of Emily via social media. Although Kickass Masterminds has yet to publicly comment on the debacle, the company has taken down its website and social media accounts.

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