Alex Fevola ‘belittled’ in TV interview
Alex Fevola has revealed she felt "belittled" and "humiliated" after a live TV interview.
Ms Fevola, whose partner is former AFL star Brendan Fevola, had been working as a photographer and model for years before she met the sportsman.
But in 2009 when she agreed to a live TV interview to promote her photography book Snapshot: A Portrait of Success, Ms Fevola was left reeling when the caption on the screen said, "Wag turns photographer".
"I guess they were insinuating that I was a WAG (wife and girlfriend) that was now trying my luck at becoming a photographer and leveraging my profile from my husband," Ms Fevola told Women of Influence.
"The insinuation was actually quite belittling and it was almost humiliating. I got off that interview and I just felt so … disillusioned. I just couldn't believe that it was so blatant the way they pinned me as just being a WAG and trying to portray it as if I'd only just now turned my hand to photography … I was really angry.
"I'd been a make-up artist and photographer for years - nothing to do with my marriage, nothing to do with my husband's profile - I had a really successful business before I met him, and it was just insulting," Fevola said.
The mum-of-four told Meade it was "understandable" she was constantly referred to as a WAG but said it was "frustrating" when her achievements were overlooked.
"People think that's really all there is to you: You're a WAG and you've just married this sportsman, and that's what it's all about," she said.
"Credibility is what I've craved. I've craved credibility as an individual, as a businesswoman, as an intelligent person that is capable of having my own career.
"I think sometimes being labelled a WAG gives you a bit of a stigma of not being taken all that seriously when it comes to business."
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