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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 14: Olivia Culpo is seen in Manhattan on June 14, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)

Model Olivia Culpo Told By American Airlines to ‘Cover Up’ or Skip Flight, Do We Get a Say in This?

Airlines can be real taskmasters when it comes to the rules. And we understand, if those rules are meant to prevent unruly A-holes from having to be duct-taped to the seats. But sometimes, those rules are arbitrary, and in very rare cases, completely absurd.

Take, for example, a recent ultimatum doled out by American Airlines regarding model and former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo. Culpo, along with her sister, Aurora, and her boyfriend, NFL running back Christian McCaffrey, were boarding a flight to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, when the powers that be decided she was too scantily clad – in (wait for it) athleisure wear.

“Olivia and I are going to Cabo and look at her outfit,” Aurora said in an Instagram video in which Olivia appeared wearing a sports bra, biker shorts, cardigan, and mask. “She looks cute. She looks appropriate.”

We totally agree. (Though we’ll admit our standards for “appropriate,” be it in behavior or apparel, are really low.)

“No, they call her up to the desk and tell her that she needs to put a blouse on; otherwise, she can’t get on the plane,” Aurora continued in the vid. “Tell me, is that not so fucked up?”

Yes, it is fucked up. But at least Aurora had a sense of humor about it, posting a “get kicked off @americanair starter kit” pic which included her sister’s so-called offensive four-piece outfit.

Olivia did as women are wont to do – she swiped her boyfriend’s hoodie to cover up what little skin she was showing off. Of course, then he was freezing (damn airplane air).

“When you freeze bc ur lady dress inappropriate AF,” Aurora captioned a photo of her better half conserving heat by keeping his arms inside his shirt sleeves. “Exactly how Jack from the titanic died. LMAO.”

Maybe we can help rewrite American Airlines’ dress code, which is alarmingly vague: “All customers must dress appropriately and offensive clothing isn’t permitted onboard our flights.” We’d start with an addendum saying, “If you’re a model, clothing is optional.”

Cover Photo: Robert Kamau / Contributor (Getty Images)