Strictly Come Dancing star Karen Clifton has shared a tearful social media post describing how she was turned away from her usual barber’s shop for being a woman.
The 36-year-old Venezuelan dancer told her Instagram followers she felt “awful” when an employee turned her away from the barber’s shop she has previously used without issue.
“They said I wasn’t allowed to [get my haircut] because I was a woman,” she said, adding: “I mean, what are we? In the Stone Ages?
“It really affected me. I’m not getting anything fancy done, and even if I was – the fact that I was turned away because no women are allowed. Even though there were two barbers that were free and there was only one customer in.”
Clifton said she has previously had her hair cut by two women, but there were no women in the shop at the time of this incident.
She added: “I don’t ever do posts like this but I thought this was really important as it has never really happened to me before.
“I’ve never experienced this before and it feels awful, and it’s not right and it shouldn’t be that way.”
The dancer later shared a separate Instagram post featuring the words: “I’m not in favour of any discrimination of any form”.
A post shared by Karen Clifton (@karencliftonofficial) on Mar 18, 2019 at 4:36am PDT
Clifton made her debut on Strictly Come Dancing as part of the 10th series in 2012.
She competed as the partner of TV actor Charles Venn in the 2018 series, reaching the quarter final.
Clifton has also been married to fellow Strictly professional Kevin Clifton since 2015, though the couple announced in 2018 that they have separated.