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Cyclist Claims She Was Denied A Job Because Of Her 'Inappropriate' Modeling Photos

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According to claims by a Belgian professional racing cyclist, she was denied a management role in a men's cycling team because of her previous “inappropriate” modeling photo shoots.

30-year-old Tara Gins, who rode professionally from 2016 to 2018 for Belgium squads Lares–Waowdeals and Health Mate–Cyclelive Team, is a director for S-Bikes AGU, an amateur team.

However, Tara, who is fond of sharing scantily clad photos of herself, recently stated that her career goals have been hindered by her previous modeling shoots.

In a post over the weekend, she claimed that she had received an offer to be part of an unnamed men's team as a director, a coaching role, but it was rescinded because of “inappropriate” photos from previous modeling gigs.

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According to Tara, the team’s sponsors would apparently dislike association with the photos – which she believes refer to the near-naked Playboy shoot and a topless calendar that is not widely available, Cycling News reported.

Tara was disgusted by the turn of events, stating that “those were photos I wouldn’t hurt anyone with.”

In a recent Instagram story, she stated: “I had a verbal agreement to join a team. I was really looking forward to that. It’s what I like to do. I want to learn and be in the support vehicle. But now apparently someone has made a problem of a photo in a book. I don’t mind now that the agreement was canceled. It is better this way. I don’t want to work with people who don’t see my capabilities and just walk with the herd. In cycling, too much thinking is still done inside the box. That’s a shame.”

“Those were photos I wouldn’t hurt anyone with. Apparently these are now too inappropriate to work with riders. Apparently, a photo is more important than capabilities or experience,” she continued.

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She stated that the employer called her on January 23 to cancel the verbal agreement, and he explained why.

She told Cycling News: “He started the conversation by saying that he was breaking off the commitment that we had because someone on the team, a staff member came across pictures of me.”

He apparently told her that the photos were shared in the team’s group chat, and that one member “threatened the manager to send those pictures to one of the sponsors.”

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She stated that she didn’t know which pictures the team was referring to, but speculated that they could have been the ones from her Playboy shoot. She also mentioned the calendar, which she stated was for an unnamed company and its staff only.

In the post, she also thanked her fans for their support.

Sources: Daily Mail