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Bombshell: Co. shames applicant’s hot online bikini shots as ‘unprofessional’

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The complicated world of social media proves once again to be more than some can master.

The marketing company Kickass Masterminds finds itself at the center of a firestorm after posting a bikini photo of an applicant on its Instagram account as an example of unprofessional behavior.

Never mind that the photo of Emily Clow was taken during leisure time and posted on her personal Instagram page.


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gotta cool off somehow

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The 24-year-old Texas woman took to Twitter to say she was being “objectified” by the company.

“i was objectified earlier today by a company because of a picture of me in a bikini. they claimed it made me an “unprofessional.” they screenshot the photo, posted it on their insta story and called me out,” she tweeted.

“i am still baffled that the company handled it in such a manner,” Clow added.

Amid a furious backlash, Kickass Masterminds appears to have taken its Instagram account private, but a social media user captured a screenshot and shared it online.

“This girl applied for an internship at a company, and they put up this screenshot of her in a bikini on their company Instagram, publicly telling everybody they wouldn’t hire her because of this photo,” the tweet read.

One caption overlaid on the photo read: “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.”

Another caption read: “Go on with your bad self and do whatever in private. But this is not doing you any favors in finding a professional job.”

A scan of Clow’s Instagram page shows plenty of photos of her in a bikini, showing off her thin, toned body in various places. But the images are tastefully done, just as plenty of women do every day.


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everybody buy me a drink, is my birthdayy #23

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Clow shared an image of the company’s LinkedIn profile describing itself as a service for “rebellious company owners.”

“this is f*cking hilarious, considering,” she tweeted.

Kickass Masterminds founder Sara Christensen apparently disputes that Clow was “disqualified” because of the post.

“The woman in question was not disqualified because of her social media profile. In fact, she was not disqualified at all. There was no communication to her saying she was disqualified,” Christensen said, according to the Daily Mail.

Either way, the marketing company may need to put its talents to work repairing its own image after the responses seen from social media users.

What’s more, the company doesn’t appear to adhere to the same standards that it expects applicants to meet.

Here’s a sampling of those responses from Twitter:

Tom Tillison


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