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Simon Baker’s girlfriend Laura May Gibbs will keep her store CLOSED until unvaccinated can enter

Simon Baker’s activewear designer girlfriend Laura May Gibbs says she will keep her Byron Bay store CLOSED ‘until unvaccinated people are welcome’ – while seemingly comparing the jab debate to racism


An activewear brand owned by Simon Backer’s girlfriend Laura May Gibbs has received backlash online over its stance on the Covid vaccine. 

Nagnata, a sustainable ‘athleisure brand co-founded by Laura and her sister Hannah in 2017, recently announced on Instagram that the brand would not re-open its Byron Bay store until unvaccinated customers were legally allowed to shop there.    

Posting to its official page last week, Nagnata uploaded a photo of three models from different ethnicities, alongside a declaration that the brand would ‘reopen when ALL are welcome without fear of judgement’.

Backlash: The activewear brand owned by Simon Backer’s girlfriend Laura May Gibbs (pictured) has received backlash online over its stance on the Covid vaccine 

The lengthy caption spoke about the importance of ‘inclusivity’ and ‘discrimination’ when it comes to the Covid vaccine. 

Nagnata’s post soon attracted criticism from online users who believed the message and image was trying to draw a comparison between a pro-vaccination stance and racism. 

Others were left frustrated at the company’s apparent disregard for the importance of vaccinations as a means of promoting public health.  

Backlash: Nagnata, a sustainable 'athleisure brand co-founded by Laura and her sister Hannah in 2017, recently announced on Instagram that the brand would not re-open its Byron Bay store until unvaccinated customers were legally allowed to shop there

Backlash: Nagnata, a sustainable ‘athleisure brand co-founded by Laura and her sister Hannah in 2017, recently announced on Instagram that the brand would not re-open its Byron Bay store until unvaccinated customers were legally allowed to shop there

Hmm: Nagnata uploaded this photo of three models from different ethnicities, alongside a declaration that the brand would 'reopen when ALL are welcome without fear of judgement'

Hmm: Nagnata uploaded this photo of three models from different ethnicities, alongside a declaration that the brand would ‘reopen when ALL are welcome without fear of judgement’ 

‘The misuse of the word discrimination here is dangerous and irresponsible. This is very disappointing,’ one user wrote.   

‘Please don’t use language like ‘discrimination’ to refer to public heath orders around vaccination,’ someone else agreed.  

Another accused the company of ‘using POC models as a garnish [for] what is really and anti vaxx post’.  

Her man: Nagnata was co-founded by Gibbs, who is currently dating The Mentalist actor Simon Baker (pictured in March)

Her man: Nagnata was co-founded by Gibbs, who is currently dating The Mentalist actor Simon Baker (pictured in March)

Criticism: Nagnata's post soon attracted criticism from online users who believed the message and image was trying to draw a comparison between a pro-vaccination stance and racism

Criticism: Nagnata’s post soon attracted criticism from online users who believed the message and image was trying to draw a comparison between a pro-vaccination stance and racism

Messaging: Another accused the company of 'using POC models as a garnish [for] what is really and anti vaxx post'

Messaging: Another accused the company of ‘using POC models as a garnish [for] what is really and anti vaxx post’

Elsewhere, another user commented: ”Choosing’ not to get vaccinated is not a protected characteristic. You cannot ‘choose’ your skin colour, race, age or whether you have a disability. All of these groups, the most marginalised member of society, have been the most disproportionately affected by Covid.’ 

However, the post did attract some support from model Jessica Gomes, who wrote: ‘Love you guys!!!’

In New South Wales, retail stores remain closed to those not fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Talking sense: '"Choosing" not to get vaccinated is not a protected characteristic,' another added

Talking sense: ”Choosing’ not to get vaccinated is not a protected characteristic,’ another added

Under the current road map, unvaccinated residents will get the same freedoms as the rest of the state from December 1.         

Amid the backlash, some high-profile names came out in support of the brand. 

Vaccinations are vital to reducing the spread of preventable diseases, and any suggestion otherwise flies in the face of science and the advice of medical experts around the globe.   

The coronavirus vaccine is a safe and vital measure being taken to protect the community from the spread of the virus.  

 

Supportive: 'Love you guys!!!' model Jessica Gomes (pictured) in the comments on Nagnata's Instagram post

Supportive: ‘Love you guys!!!’ model Jessica Gomes (pictured) in the comments on Nagnata’s Instagram post 

Nagnata was co-founded by Gibbs, who is currently dating The Mentalist actor Simon Baker.

She and Simon, 52, first sparked romance rumours in February after they were spotted frolicking in the surf together in Byron Bay.

The couple met in Byron, where her design studio is based near his farm in Nashua.

Romance: The couple met in Byron, where her design studio is based near his farm in Nashua

Romance: The couple met in Byron, where her design studio is based near his farm in Nashua

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