An Instagram model who is famous for her bikini selfies was kicked off of a flight in Miami after a heated argument with a pilot. TMZ reports that Jen Selter was traveling along with her sister to New York City on the night of January 27 when the altercation occurred. The American Airlines flight had been grounded for more than 90 minutes. A passenger sitting beside Selter got him to use the restroom when Selter also stood up to put something in the overhead storage bin. Selter kept her millions of followers updated on the incident via her Twitter page.
At that point, a flight attendant intervened and the conversation began. When asked if she would like to be thrown off the plane, Selter sarcastically replied, “Yes.” Then the pilot got involved and Selter, her sister and another pilot was removed from the flight. The TMZ report adds that one passenger called the crew “racist” and added, “We are living in Trump’s America.” The article concludes with the information that Selter and her sister made it to New York early on January 29.
Here’s what you need to know about Jen Selter:
1. Selter Has Repeatedly Been Linked to New York Knicks Star Kristaps Porzingis
For quite a while, Selter has been linked with New York Knicks’ star Kristaps Porzingis. When Selter attended the Knicks loss to the Bulls earlier in January 2018, Selter told the New York Post that the pair were merely “friends.”
2. Selter Has Said of Her Career: ‘I’m Not Going to Do Anything I Don’t Personally Believe In’
When Selter began to hit the mainstream in 2014, she gave an interview to Fox News in which she said, “I’ve worked hard to get to this point and I’m not going to do anything I don’t personally believe in. I’m fortunate to have started from the ground up, I don’t feel pressure to do everything I’m asked. I want my followers to know I’m a genuine person who wants the best for them.”
3. Selter’s Fitness Journey Began By Working at Gym While She Was in High School
According to her Fit Plan profile, Selter describes her fitness journey saying that she began by working at the reception desk at a gym in Long Island while in high school in Roslyn Heights, New York. Dealing with typical high school stress, Selter began working out and started an Instagram account in order to keep herself motivated. That bio describes Selter as a “pioneer of the digital age” and the innovator of the “belfie.” A belfie is a selfie photo taken from behind.
4. Prior to Her Instagram Fame, Selter Has Been Open in the Past About the Bullying She Received in Her Teenage Years
In April 2010, prior to her fame, People Magazine covered Selter’s bullying problems at high school. The article detailed that Selter had been bullied via Facebook over her nose with comments like, “You look like a pelican.” At age 15, Selter had a nose job under New York City surgeon Sam Rizk. Selter said, “I’m more comfortable with myself now, happier and confident. And I have so many more pictures of myself on Facebook!”
5. Selter Is By No Means the First Person to Have Trouble With American Airlines
Selter is not the first passenger to have an issue with American Airlines. In October 2017, activist Tamika Mallory, the national co-chair of the Women’s March movement, was removed from an American Airlines flight, also from Miami to New York City. Mallory said on Twitter that a gate agent had been “nasty” and “disrespectful.” Mallory later told the New York Daily News about the ordeal saying, “It definitely was white male aggression. I was singled out, I was disrespected, and he was trying to intimidate me.”