Two women were allegedly turned away from a top London nightclub frequented by Kim Kardashian and Jay Z for being ‘too dark’ and ‘overweight’.
Lin Mei, 29, claims she watched as two of her friends, Reisha and Tasha, were asked to stand across the road from Dstrkt in the West End so the manager could look at them properly.
The two women were then allegedly told they were ‘overweight’ and ‘too dark’ outside the club on Saturday night, despite believing their names were on a guest list and they would have a table.
The fourth woman in the group, Zalika Miller, 26, told The Voice: ‘Prior to us actually getting to the club, the [promoter] wanted pictures of the girls that my friend was going to bring.
‘He basically said, if she was going to bring black girls then they’ve got to be of “a certain calibre”. She sent him pictures of me and another girl that was coming and I guess he gave his approval.’
The women claim that after being scrutinised at about 10.15pm they were barred from entering and told the club was full – but then saw more guests allowed to enter after them.
Ms Miller, from north London, added: ‘The promoter went to the door girl and asked why she wasn’t letting us in and she just said, “I don’t think they’re good looking enough”.’
She also told BBC Newsbeat: ‘There needs to be equality. You need to let everybody in your club. I shouldn't not be allowed into a club because of the way I look.’
The award-winning club, which is open from Tuesday to Saturday, claims its previous celebrity visitors include Rihanna, Bradley Cooper, Justin Bieber and Will Smith.
A protest was held outside Dstrkt last night following a social media campaign, with demonstrators photographed holding banners with the hashtag #DoILookDstrkt?
Karrueche Tran, 27, the model and ex-girlfriend of singer Chris Brown, attended an event at the club last night – and indicated that she was disappointed to learn of the apparent incident.
She told BBC Newsbeat: ‘It's unfortunate to hear about something like that, especially something that I'm part of.
'I'm half African-American too. I have god-sisters and family who have darker skin as well. I don't support any sort of discrimination. I love people for who they are.’
Dstrkt has not yet commented on the claims, although the BBC reported that someone identifying themselves as the manager insisted the club does not turn away anyone based on race.