A woman who claims her body shape was deemed 'inappropriate for the workplace' has opened up about how criticism of her figure started as a teenager.
Nina Osegueda went viral earlier this year after sharing an outfit she wore to work that, despite being perfectly acceptable, she claimed was deemed "inappropriate" because of her hourglass figure.
"I learned that no matter how appropriately I'm dressed, my body is so distracting that I will never be dressed appropriately for the workplace," she said.
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The 38-year-old from Washington DC, has since revealed to the Daily Star about how the criticism actually started in her school days as she was allegedly bullied by teachers for how she looked.
However, the 38-year-old from Washington DC, has now opened up to the Daily Star about how the criticism actually started in her school days as she was allegedly bullied by teachers for how she looked.
The singer said: "I was picked on a lot growing up, and once I hit my teens my shape definitely became an issue. I was flirted with by adult men as early as middle school and continue to get street harassment today.
"As a kid, I was always made fun of for being chubby, but being curvy specifically was something that affected me more as I developed into a teenager.
"I was on the swim team for most of my childhood and as soon as I hit my teen years, I was harassed by my teammates and my coaches.
"One coach, an adult woman, told me to 'shake the fat off those thighs' as a means of getting me to move faster. I was also in a theatre program in my high school, and one of my teachers told me I should try and audition for the 'funny fat girl' roles and stick to comedy because I didn't have the right "look" for a lead actress.
"I knew I wanted to be a performer of some kind, so the abuse I took in high school made me stall a little and I wound up going to college for animation instead of music or theatre. Luckily, I grew out of that and started singing again once I graduated."
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But while being part of a band, Nina claims she is still singled out because of her body type, as she added: "As a singer in a band, I have definitely been singled out by others for my shape. One experience I recall is when I arrived at a venue I was performing at, and one of the other performers saw me for the first time.
"The first thing they said to me was "Damn girl, you are thick! I like it! Only a dog likes a bone!" This was literally my first time meeting this person and it made me feel very self-conscious, especially since I was at my lowest weight (122lbs) at the time. "
The singer previously revealed on TikTok that she lost two of her day jobs as a software trainer due to her figure too as her previous managers said she looked "too sexy" while she was wearing standard office wear.
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