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Madelyn Sheaffer, Missouri Woman Kicked Out of Water Park for Bikini, Moves to Hawaii

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Madelyn Sheaffer.
Madelyn Sheaffer's bikini may be too revealing for Independence -- but she probably won't have a problem in Maui, Hawaii.

Sheaffer, a 43-year-old woman who has received international attention for her story, has in fact moved to Hawaii -- just weeks after Adventure Oasis Water Park, owned by the city of Independence, kicked her out because they apparently thought her bathing suit was inappropriate.

"I do love the Midwest. I've been a Missouri girl all my life," Sheaffer tells Daily RFT by phone from Maui. "But there is a sort of oppression there that you don't find in a lot of parts of the world. To be kicked out of a water park for wearing a swimming suit, that is sort of a Midwestern thing. That's not going to happen in Hawaii."

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Sheaffer did not decide to leave Missouri and move to Hawaii directly as a result of the controversy at the public pool on July 2. She tells us she has been considering this change for a while -- but the timing now feels especially right.

Here's another look at the outfit she was wearing that day, which was really just a regular 'ole bikini!

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According to Sheaffer -- who most recently had a lengthy profile story published in the New York Daily News -- she was at the pool with her 68-year-old mother, 14-year-old daughter and three young nieces and nephews when two teenage female employees told her she needed to cover up or leave.

She refused, and eventually the police came and escorted her out. Enraged, she called local news media and within a few days the story had gotten attention across the globe. (Independence city officials and reps from the private company that runs the pool did not respond to Daily RFT's requests for comment at the time.)

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Now, Sheaffer has thousands of followers on her Facebook page where she posts updates on her life -- most recently about her move to Hawaii this week.

"Being landlocked, I've always wanted to live by the ocean," says Sheaffer, who has worked as a librarian and in other office jobs and hopes to find employment in Hawaii. "I got married at nineteen and had three kids. I lived a very conservative, non-adventurous life."

Sheaffer, who considered moving after her divorce, says she's at a point in her life where it makes sense to try something completely new. "I've got a window of opportunity."

Plus, she says of Hawaii, "It's absolutely beautiful."

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She's vacationing with her family there now but plans to stay for at least three months -- and ideally a lot longer.

Sheaffer says she thinks she'll fit right in.

In the Midwest and in much of the United States, she says, "We have this sort of conflict -- being told that sex is bad and the human body is shameful, but buy this, it will make you sexier!"

"I'm past all of that," she continues. "There's something about getting older.... I'm not going to be embarrassed or ashamed."

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She has written on Facebook about her past anxieties related to body image and notes that she only really felt comfortable about herself very recently -- which is partly why she took a stand at the water park.

"I'm much more balanced now," she says. "I'm imperfect. So what?"

She says she has not talked to officials at the water park, but hopes, as she has outlined on her page, that they might consider a more well-defined clothing policy that doesn't lead to the kind of unfair discrimination she feels she faced that day.

Feedback has been great, she says.

"I don't need people's approval to make me happy...but when you get it, it sure feels nice," she says, adding of her story, "It touches a nerve with people. We're tired of being told we're not perfect, or we're not good enough or only wear a bikini if you look absolutely fabulous."

Continue for more commentary from Madelyn Sheaffer and for a video interview.


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26 comments
jcvillar
jcvillar

Nice to hear this story has a happy ending!  Good luck to you in Hawaii!


Travis Runyan
Travis Runyan

Why is this news and why the hell did you post this twice today? Fail.

Leslee Brown
Leslee Brown

I'm thinking she's just an attention wh*** and maybe if everyone stops talking about her she will go about her business

scrdn
scrdn

Id hit it with the angry fist of God

Marie Andrus Chapman
Marie Andrus Chapman

She looks great! Just a time and a place for a teeny bikini and a family water park probably wasnt the best place to show off. But that would be cute for an adult pool party or something.

Melani Nicole
Melani Nicole

She looks like Brigitte Neilsen! (Which is a compliment)

Tim Howell
Tim Howell

Who gives a fuck it didnt even happen in St Louis stop recycling old stories.

dalediversity
dalediversity topcommenter

She really needs to lose weight

Rita Kiry Ryan
Rita Kiry Ryan

I'm sure she's moving all the way to Hawaii just because of a swimsuit issue. Yeah, that's what it is alright...

Sean Keough
Sean Keough

its not that the suit is too small, there is just a lot of woman there!

Kevin Schroeder
Kevin Schroeder

She caused quite a problem when the dads couldn't get out of the pool when their wives called for them.

Robby Suozzi
Robby Suozzi

the day a woman gets kicked out of a pool in the midwest for her knockers is a sad sad day....

Andy Wright
Andy Wright

She certainly DOES rock that 2 piece! Hawaii is perfect for her, it's beaches full of bikinis! Best wishes for her and much happiness-cheers!

ejdowd1963
ejdowd1963

@max_in_missouri Completely agree. Nothing attractive there - more like a freak of nature with a desperate need for attention.

ejdowd1963
ejdowd1963

@Sean Keough There's a lot of fatty tissue there.

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