NOT IMPRESSED: Cassandra Jackson is heavily tattooed and takes offence at disparaging generalisations about people who choose to tattoo their body.
NOT IMPRESSED: Cassandra Jackson is heavily tattooed and takes offence at disparaging generalisations about people who choose to tattoo their body. Claudia Baxter

Tattooed ladies demand respect: "We are beautiful!"

Cassandra Jackson
Cassandra Jackson Claudia Baxter

DON'T mess with a woman with tattoos.

Inked ladies in Ipswich have lashed out at comments made by etiquette consultant Anna Musson after she suggested men do not find women with ink attractive.

The comment was made on Channel Seven's Sunrise program during a segment called Kochie's Angels, where Musson appeared as a panellist.

During the segment it was revealed that more Australian women were getting tattoos than ever before.

According to the Professional Tattooing Association of Australia, up to 70% of their clientele were women.

Moreover it was said larger tattoos in more prominent places were in vogue rather than conservative tattoos easily hidden beneath clothes.

The revelation did not sit well with Ms Musson who remarked that tattoos were a mistake.

"I do not think that is attractive. I do not think most men find that attractive... they make a negative statement," she said.

"If you're going to get one, first of all don't do it, secondly cover it up so you can go to a job interview."

Ipswich business owner and tattoo enthusiast Cassandra Jackson said the comment was a slap in the face to every woman with a tattoo.

The 27-year-old who got her first tattoo when she was 16, said Ms Musson had no right to discriminate against inked women like that on national television.

"Her comment is not only disrespectful, it's simply untrue," she said.

"Who is she to assume what the male population finds attractive?

"I met my partner at a tattoo parlour, and I'm pretty sure he found me attractive - tattoos and all."

Ms Jackson pointed out that some of the world's most beautiful women like Megan Fox and Angelina Jolie were covered in tattoos.

She said over the years, society had become more accepting of tattoos - both socially and in the workplace.

"People are realising that having tattoos doesn't change the way you work or conduct yourself," she said.

Ms Jackson said tattoos were a way to represent facets of her personality and she was proud to put them on show.

Fellow ink advocate Fallon Nicole is the founder of the Miss Ink Australia pageant, a contest which is exclusively for women with tattoos.

Ms Fallon said she'd had girls compete from navy officers to electricians.

She said she started the pageant to break the stereotype of tattooed people and help achieve equality among them and the "clean skins".

"All women have the right to feel beautiful whether they have ink on their skin or not," she said.

"We should be teaching future generations to not judge people and to have respect for everyone no matter where they came from or what they look like."

Ms Jackson said she was taking part in an imitative which will see hundreds of tattooed women gather in response to Ms Musson's comments.

This Sunday, tattooed ladies will gather at New Globe Theatre in Brisbane for a group photograph which will be sent with an email to the network.

"It might not get us the apology we're looking for, but it might make people of the same opinion as Ms Musson think twice," Ms Jackson said.

For more information search "all the tattooed ladies" on Facebook.



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