OXON HILL, Md. - Body positive advocates, plus sized models, and concerned citizens will confront the management at MGM National Harbor on Sunday.
D.C. body positive advocate Aqila Benjamin planned to celebrate her birthday at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland last month, but she said that she was stopped at the door by a security guard because she was violating the dress code.
She felt she was singled out because of her size, as she reported smaller women wearing clothing that was also out of dress code were allowed to enter.
“Directly behind me was a smaller framed woman who had her stomach out with a short mini skirt. Then another woman that had on a sheer shirt and shorts go in soon after,” Benjamin continued, “I realized that he pointed me out because I was larger! I began to cry.”
A woman working at guest services at MGM reportedly urged Benjamin to share her experience.
Benjamin and other advocates will protest reports of body shaming and bullying at 6 p.m. Sunday evening at the MGM National Harbor.
She posted a video to Facebook that now has over 1,000 views narrating her experience in greater detail (narration starts at 6:00):