Cheerleaders Protest Skimpy Uniforms

Heidi Medina, image via CT Post

Heidi Medina, image via CT Post

Heidi Medina, the cheerleading captain for Bridgeport Central High School, went before the Bridgeport Board of Education to protest the team’s midriff-bearing uniforms. The cropped tops are worn with either sweatpants or tight shorts. Skirts were also ordered for the team, but were returned because they didn’t fit any of the cheerleaders correctly. “We ask with the utmost respect you do anything in your power to help us,” said Medina. “I don’t feel comfortable wearing this.”

“It really hurts our self-esteem,” said Ariana Mesaros. “I am embarrassed to stand up here dressed like this. Is this really how you want Bridgeport to be represented?”

Team member and senior Nyasia Clemons, the uniforms do not meet National Federation Spirit Rules requirements. The rules state that “When standing at attention, apparel must cover the midriff.”

The assistant superintendent the the high school, Denise Clemons, said that the uniforms were ordered based on size forms that were given out to the squad last spring. The team members did not see the style of the uniforms before they were ordered. Clemons suggested that the girls may have changed sizes since filling out the order forms or that the cut might run small. She admitted that she was not aware of the rule prohibiting bare midriffs. City Athletic Director James Denton said that black body suits would be purchased to wear underneath the skimpy uniforms.

Via Connecticut Post.

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  4. Christopher L says:

    This is FANTASTIC! Finally, some young ladies with morals take a stand against being objectified. I was starting to wonder when the uniforms would stop getting smaller and smaller. And I was also wondering if there were still any teens with morals out there. GOOD JOB GIRLS!
    BTW: I just recently turned 30, so I am not old-fashioned. And I am not a religious fanatic. I simply believe in respecting yourself. And this is a great example to other teen girls around the world on how to do just that.


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