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A Company Shamed A Hopeful Intern Because Of A Bikini Photo

What's your opinion on this, girls?

Here's a piece of news filed under the WTF Folder: Austin-based marketing firm Kickass Masterminds publicly posted a screenshot of one of their aspiring interns on their Instagram account with a not-so-subtle jab at her professionalism. Their reason? She was wearing a bikini. 

In the Instagram Story, Kickass Masterminds said: "PSA (because I know some of you applicants are looking at this): Do not share your social media with a potential employer if this is the kind of content on it. I am looking for a professional marketer—not a bikini model."

As if that isn't bad enough, the company added: "Go on with your bad self and do whatever in private. But this is not doing you any favors in finding a professional job." 

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24-year-old Emily Clow was, obviously, shocked by the treatment. She expressed her disappointment over the public shaming and pointed out how contradicting it is for a company that is supposedly all about "those who have a hunger to call the shots in their life and business" to do this. 

Obviously, a lot of people had things to say about the company, too. 

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While it is common practice for employers to check the social media accounts of their applicants, it is not considered ethical to deliberately post a photo of them to call them out. Kickass Masterminds has not yet apologized or provided a formal statement as of the time of writing of this article, but they have noticeably gone AWOL in their LinkedIn and Twitter accounts. Their Instagram account is now also private. 

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On the bright side, many people agree that Emily was lucky to have escaped a potentially bad employer. 

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What do you think, CGs? 

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