NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA.com) — A photo of a pro-surfer in jeans shorts and a sheer top is making waves for an upscale Newport Beach restaurant.
Anastasia Ashley posted on Instagram a photo of her wearing those shorts and claimed she was discriminated against by Gulfstream restaurant because she was told her shorts were too short.
She wrote in her post: “My shorts aren’t too short and I think as a woman I can choose the shorts I want to wear and I don’t need a restaurant to dress me and tell me what is appropriate or not.”
The surf star from San Clemente is now riding a wave of attention on social media with hundreds of comments. There has been support and backlash.
“She looks tasteful she looks stylish. There’s nothing wrong with what she’s wearing,” Sarah Cameron said.
Celeste Brill said: “I just don’t think it’s appropriate, especially like in restaurants where people are eating and stuff. Kids could maybe walk in.”
On the restaurant group’s website, part of the attire policy reads: “For men and women, we request you avoid beach wear or active wear that is overly revealing.”
We spoke with the general manager, who acknowledged that Ashley was asked to cover up because of her clothing, and that she complied and seemed happy.
He said there was no discrimination, and she was never asked to leave.
Ashley was unable to do an interview. But she wrote in an email saying that while she understands the concept of a dress code, she still believes she was dressed appropriately for lunch near the beach.