Fitness model Natalie Marie Coyle, who was former WWE wrestling star Eva Marie, claims she was barred from the Qantas Airways business lounge at the Melbourne Airport in Australia. According to Coyle, the reason she was barred from the lounge is because she was wearing an inappropriate outfit.
Eva Marie was a WWE wrestler since 2013, where she became the manager of the Bella Twins and starred on the wrestling show Total Divas. Coyle is now a fitness model, actress, and fashion designer. Last week, Eva Marie was barred from entering the Qantas business class lounge because of what she was wearing.
Natalie attempted to enter the Qantas Airways business lounge at Australia’s Melbourne Airport last Thursday, but was barred entry. Qantas employees said that her clothing was inappropriate for the lounge. At the time of the alleged incident, Coyle was wearing a sweatshirt and yoga pants, which seems like perfectly comfy clothing for flying, especially for long flights.
Eva, who had a business class ticket for her upcoming flight, shared a photo of her outfit on Twitter with the caption: “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.”
Natalie was not joking when she said her “business is fitness.” She is a fitness model on Instagram and has her own line of athletic apparel.
Eva Marie said there was gender discrimination because her husband, Jonathan Coyle, was able to enter the same business lounge in his activewear. Natalie shared a pic of what her husband was wearing and tweeted out: “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.”
According to the Qantas website, their dress code is “smart casual.” The guidelines posted on the site prohibit the following articles of clothing:
- Thongs and bare feet
- Head-to-toe gym wear
- Beachwear (including boardshorts)
- Sleepwear (including ugg boots and slippers)
- Clothing featuring offensive images or slogans
- Revealing, unclean or torn clothing
Based on the Qantas guidelines, Eva Marie violated their rules for her “head-to-toe gym wear.” But the question is, does her husband also violate their dress code? And if so, why was he able to gain access to the business lounge and not Natalie?