A woman was reportedly given a warning by cops to cover up for wearing an “indecent” swimsuit while in public in the Phillipines, according to The Sun.
Kinsey Golden was riding on the back of a Vespa, with her boyfriend Trav Springer driving, in the city of Bohol when the pair were pulled over by the police. Golden, who’s from Los Angeles, Calif., was wearing a white one-piece swimsuit with a revealing bottom cut with an off-the-shoulder eyelet silhouette.
“Cops were seen pulling her over and ordering her to cover up her bare buttοcks with a sarong,” The Sun said. Springer wasn’t wearing a shirt and neither had on helmets. The cops apparently asked the tourists to cover up and told them they could incur fines for improper headgear.
In the photos taken during the run-in, Golden is seen wrapping a sarong around her waist to comply with law enforcement, while Springer’s pictured strapping on a helmet.
“Then ever so kindly told us to please cover up, and we did immediately,” the 21-year-old Spring said. “They let us go shortly after without any problems.” The couple actually had no idea they were breaking any rules. “We didn’t know the seriousness of being in swimming attire on a motorcycle, and we would like to apologize to anyone who we offended,” he added. “Thank you to the police officers for keeping us safe, and explaining to us ever so kindly to cover up.”
A police spokesman for the area told The Sun, ”Baclayon Police Station led by Senior Inspector Raymond Halasan, chief of police and his Women and Children Protection Desk officer Christine Vidal flagged down the two indecent foreigners riding a motorcycle, issued violation tickets to them.”
While The Philippines isn’t a country that comes to mind when thinking about dressing conservatively, it should be. USA Today instructs travelers to respect the country’s culture by covering up: “The Philippines tends to be a bit more conservative than the United States. Avoid shorts, mini-skirts, mid-riff shirts or tube tops. Pack sundresses, lightweight pants, T-shirts, comfortable blouses, polo shirts and jeans.”
This is a common suggestion among Muslim countries. Last summer, a young woman was arrested in Saudi Arabia for wearing a crop top and miniskirt. Melania Trump was criticized last year for showing her legs in the very strict country. Over the summer, Saudia Airlines made headlines by asking passengers to refrain from wearing anything that could cause discomfort or offense to other passengers. For women, that meant covering their legs or arms and ditching thin or tight clothing. Two popular family beaches in Dubai require women to “wear respectful swimwear” and “be fully covered.”
But this doesn’t only apply in the Middle East. Women are also punished in the U.S. for showing skin. Tori Jenkins was accused of dressing inappropriately at her apartment complex’s pool in Tennessee. Wearing a one-piece, she was reportedly asked to either change into something with fuller coverage, cover up with shorts, or leave the pool that they paid a “$300 fee to maintain” on top of a monthly rent of nearly $1,000, not including utilities.
Former cheerleader for the New Orleans Saints’ Saintsations Bailey Davis was fired after three seasons with the squad for posting a photo of herself in a lace sheer leotard on Instagram. Davis claims that the post did not violate her code of conduct.
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