Queen of Sky – Blogging Dangerously

May 6, 2013 under What to Avoid

queen_of_skyThis wonderful lady, Ellen Simonetti, had a job as a flight attendant at Delta Airlines a while back and ran a blog called Queen of Sky about her personal life.

But after taking such photos (even though not provocative) and posting them on her blog, the airline terminated her employment without a warning.

Could it really be that this Queen of Sky in her flight attendant uniform with sheer glossy pantyhose and a flirty pose would cause someone to fire her for posing in an empty airplane?  Could it somehow still be too sexy?

Perhaps nobody would know who she is if this wouldn’t happen to her and she wouldn’t file a lawsuit against the airline.  But I guess that her termination lead to her popularity in a way.  I even read about her in a book on blogging!  It’s a whole different matter whether she used that popularity to her benefit or not – at least her original blog doesn’t exist anymore, for example.

Either way, be careful what you do at work and where you post it.  Some companies really do feel protective of their uniforms being photographed, etc.  A great publicity success for the Queen of Sky, after winning that lawsuit, and a lesson for the rest who are not up for lawsuits.

Men and Lingerie Stores – response to Hosiery Advocate’s blog post

September 14, 2012 under Boys

This is a response to the blog post by Hosiery Advocate – Should (lingerie) stores be required to hire men?

Situation re-visited:

If a man applies to work in a lingerie store and gets declined because of his gender, is this wrong?

I called Employment Standards BC, they said “possibly” and refused to say anything else.

I called Human Rights BC, they also said “possibly”, and told me that if Eugene wants an answer, he should take this case to court or at least submit it for review.

So as you see, it’s a grey area.  However, most likely stores would suffer because some female clients would not feel comfortable shopping there.  I did a post on that before where I asked some women I knew about their comfort level.

Coco Chanel and Suntan Stockings

August 7, 2012 under Vintage

Before Coco Gabrielle Chanel, suntan was something associated with peasants and women tried to avoid it at all costs.

But thanks to her, she put an end to that trend and even came out with her own line of tan stockings by Chanel.  Even up to this day, Chanel brand still offers hosiery.

Interesting Point:

Did you know that before she became a fashion legend, Coco Chanel used to work as a clerk in a small hosiery shop? Legends do start small! From humble beginnings to grandeur!

Career: Clerk, Au Sans Pareil hosiery shop, Moulins, 1902-04

This Chanel design in the photo has been copied and re-created by so many different brands. But nothing looks the same as Chanel.

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Wolford: can men work at the boutique?

June 21, 2012 under Boys, Wolford

Wolford Boutique in Soho

Recently there was a post on Hosiery Advocate’s blog about him feeling that Wolford doesn’t wish to hire male staff.  Eugene, the Hosiery Advocate, even went as far as writing them a letter.

I was in the area, so I walked in and asked about that.  The lady working there told me that they have no problem with hiring men.  However, she did mention that some female customers would rather have another female assist them with the change room.

It seems to me that Wolford may lose sales if their customers are not comfortable wtih the sales staff.  At least when I try something on I ask the sales girl to come over and look so I can be confident that this is the proper fit.   If it’s lingerie, for sure I’d prefer female staff to check the fit.

I used to know a guy in Toronto who brought in a line of Latvian lingerie.  He distributed it to stores, but he also had a retail location where I went with  my mom for shopping.  There was a change room, but he obviously didn’t offer “assistance” beyond the curtain.  I don’t know for what reason, but his business closed down eventually.

Have you ever seen men assisting women in lingerie stores with change rooms (ex. Victoria Secret, La Senza, and so on)?

What is your opinion on this?  Would it hurt Wolford’s sales if they would hire male staff to assist clients at the boutique?

I asked for some opinions and most people seemed to think along the same lines as Jenny from United States who agreed to share her response with us.

“I would definitely feel weird if a guy tried to help me make a purchase at a Wolford store or Victoria Secret. It would say to me that he has a fetish for hosiery or lingerie, and that’s not the kind of person I want standing a foot away from me while I pick out my undergarments. My guess is that most women would feel the same way, and there’s nothing wrong with that.”

On the pantyhose forum there were also mentions about the fact that men and women react differently in the same situation when it comes to a sales person of an opposite gender.  Another man stated that he saw gay men working at lingerie stores and women didn’t mind, they just perceived them as one of the girls.

I even consulted two women at work about this matter.  One lady said that for sure she would prefer female staff since they have the same anatomy, but she made an exception – drag queens are OK!  Another young woman said that she doesn’t mind men at all because even her gynecologist is male, she knows what she likes and all she doesn’t require any assistance or assurance in the changeroom.

Let’s say, so far from my little research most of the time both genders would say that lingerie stores should continue to hire only women.  Is this discrimination or not?  I remember that one time a professor told me that equality is a concept that generates a lot of confusion and is often misunderstood.  Perhaps Wolford is also having that dilemma.

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