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'so shocked' Model Tia Duffy 'mortified' after allegedly being told to 'cover up' by staff in Dublin hotel


Top model Tia Duffy has revealed her shock at allegedly being told to "cover up" by a Dublin hotel.

The new mum was on a rare girls' night out in the capital after jetting home from Canada for Christmas.

But the 33 year-old claimed she was left "mortified" after being confronted by a staff member over her low-cut jumpsuit.

"We were planning this night since last September," says Tia from Finglas in Dublin. "It was all the mammies getting together and we had all done our isolation.

"I took my blazer off in the hotel to stand by the Christmas tree to get a picture and the hotel worker came over. I initially thought, 'Oh God, it's because we don't have our masks on' - I'd taken it off for a second to get a photograph.


Tia Duffy

Tia Duffy

Tia Duffy

"But she said to me, 'Would you mind putting your blazer back on - there's young children around'.

"I was so shocked because it happened so quickly.

"We kind of laughed at it and then we realised she was serious. It was very embarrassing, to be honest."

Breast-feeding mum Tia - who's now based in Toronto - welcomed her first child five months ago.

And she explained how she couldn't wait to get dressed up for her first night away since becoming a mother.

"I ordered the jumpsuit online and when I put it on, because I'm curvy, I did realise 'Oh God, I need a bra for underneath this'," she says.

"I didn't want to just wear any bra - I wanted it to be a nice bra. So I went into Ann Summer, got myself a bra and said to my friends, 'Be honest with me - what does it look like?'

"They said, 'You look gorgeous', and then I had the blazer on over it too.

"I have images of girls wearing the same jumpsuit and they have a flat chest - and they would never in a million years be stopped for wearing that outfit.

"It's just because I have big boobs that my body is sexualised.

"I'm a curvy girl, I'm just after having a baby, I'm breast-feeding," continues Tia, who has featured in Vogue. "My boobs are big anyway - but they're a lot bigger now.

"I'm not going to dress down to suit anybody else or to make anybody else feel comfortable.

"If I was walking around the lobby naked, then OK - but it was 9pm on a Saturday night.

"My bra fit and my nipples weren't on show - I just felt it was very rude."

Body positivity activist Tia told how she posted about the incident on social media in a bid to encourage other young mums to embrace their curves.

Now the teacher is also hoping to inspire kids to think positively about their bodies after creating a cartoon character called BoPo Bear.

"I grew up with a lot of body image issues myself," explains Tia, who stressed that the hotel manager later apologised. "That's why I do what I do.


“The main message I give people is somebody else’s body is not your business.

“I hope that it doesn’t happen to other women around the country when they’re only after having a baby because it’s a very vulnerable time.”

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