Strictly professional Karen Clifton says she was turned away by barber for being a woman

TRIC Awards 2019 in London, United Kingdom - 12 March 2019

Strictly Come Dancing star Karen Clifton has shared a tearful social media post describing how she was turned away from her usual barber's shop for being a woman.

The 36-year-old Venezuelan dancer told her Instagram followers she felt "awful" when an employee turned her away from the barber's shop she has previously used without issue.

"They said I wasn't allowed to [get my haircut] because I was a woman," she said, adding: "I mean, what are we? In the Stone Ages?

"It really affected me. I'm not getting anything fancy done, and even if I was – the fact that I was turned away because no women are allowed. Even though there were two barbers that were free and there was only one customer in."

Clifton said she has previously had her hair cut by two women, but there were no women in the shop at the time of this incident.

She added: "I don't ever do posts like this but I thought this was really important as it has never really happened to me before.

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Host Ore Oduba (front centre) Luba Mushtuk (left) Dianne Buswell, Janette Manrara, Faye Tozer, Lauren Steadman, Stacey Dooley, Ashley Roberts, Karen Clifton, Nadiya Bychkova and Amy Dowden pose for photographers during a photocall before the opening night of the Strictly Come Dancing Tour 2019 at the Arena Birmingham, in Birmingham. Picture date: Thursday January 17, 2019. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown/PA Wire
Karen Clifton at The TRIC Awards (Television and Radio Industries Club Awards) at Grosvenor House, Park Lane (Photo by Keith Mayhew / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Karen Clifton attending the National Television Awards 2019 held at the O2 Arena, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Graeme Swann and Karen Clifton attend the photocall for the 'Strictly Come Dancing' live tour at Arena Birmingham on 17 January 2019 in Birmingham, England. Picture date: Thursday 17 January, 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Stacey Dooley, Ashley Roberts, Lauren Steadman, Faye Tozer, Janette Manrara, Dianne Buswell, Karen Clifton, Nadiya Bychkova, Luba Mushtuk and Amy Dowden attend the photocall for the 'Strictly Come Dancing' live tour at Arena Birmingham on 17 January 2019 in Birmingham, England. Picture date: Thursday 17 January, 2019. Photo credit: Katja Ogrin/ EMPICS Entertainment.
Strictly Come Dancing star Karen Clifton arrives at Blackpool Tower Ballroom for Strictly Come Dancing rehearsals.
Strictly Come Dancing contestants Charles Venn and Karen Clifton practice their latest dance routine, the Charleston, at a dance studio in London.
Strictly Come Dancing contestants Charles Venn and Karen Clifton arrive to practice their latest dance routine, the Charleston, at a dance studio in London.
Janette Manrara, Amy Dowden, Nadiya Bychkova, Dianne Buswell, Oti Mabuse, Karen Clifton, Katya Jones and Luba Mushtuk arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Karen Clifton arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
Kevin Clifton and Karen Clifton arriving at the red carpet launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2018, BBC Broadcasting House, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
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From left, Amy Dowden, Kevin Clifton, Karen Clifton, Katja Jones and Neil Jones attending the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards 2018 held at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 13, 2018. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Karen Clifton attending the World Premiere of Fast & Furious Live, held at the 02, Peninsula Square, London. Picture date: Friday January 19th, 2018. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/ EMPICS Entertainment.
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Karen Clifton leaves Buckingham Palace in London after meeting the Duchess of Cornwall while filming part of the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special.
Karen Clifton and Kevin Clifton at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2017 at Broadcasting House in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday August 28th, 2017
Karen Clifton at the Julien Macdonald Autumn/Winter 2017 London Fashion Week show at Goldsmiths' Hall, London. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/ EMPICS Entertainment
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Karen Clifton leaves the Village Hotel Club Watford in London ahead of the Strictly Come Dancing 2016 final this weekend.
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Karen and Kevin Clifton at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2016 at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire. Picture date: Tuesday August 30, 2016. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
Karen Clifton, Ore Oduba, Ed Balls, Katya Jones, Danny Mac, Oti Mabuse, Lesley Joseph, Anita Rani, Louise Redknapp, Kevin Clifton, Gorka Marquez, Aljaz Skorjanec, Daisy Lowe and Janette Manrara during a photocall for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour held at Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham.
Joanne Clifton, Otlile Mabuse, Janette Manrara, Karen Clifton and Natalie Lowe at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2016 at Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire. Picture date: Tuesday August 30, 2016. Photo credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment
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Dancer Karen Clifton arrives at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool, ahead of Saturday's edition of the BBC show Strictly Come Dancing which come from the seaside town.
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Karen Clifton and Tristan McManus at the launch of Strictly Come Dancing 2015 in Hertfordshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday 1st September, 2015. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
Top Row (left to right) Joanne Clifton, Natalie Lowe and Anita Rani. Bottom Row (left to right) Karen Clifton, Helen George, Georgia May Foote, Mel Giedroyc, Frankie Bridge, Aliona Vilani and Janette Manrara pose for a photo during the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour 2016 photocall at The Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday January 21, 2016. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
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"I've never experienced this before and it feels awful, and it's not right and it shouldn't be that way."

The dancer later shared a separate Instagram post featuring the words: "I'm not in favour of any discrimination of any form".

Clifton made her debut on Strictly Come Dancing as part of the 10th series in 2012.

She competed as the partner of TV actor Charles Venn in the 2018 series, reaching the quarter final.

Clifton has also been married to fellow Strictlyprofessional Kevin Clifton since 2015, though the couple announced in 2018 that they have separated.

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