Controversial non-binary model Deni Todorovic had an hour-long heated encounter with airport staff and police before flying from Melbourne to Sydney for Australian Fashion Week.
The 35-year-old, who made global headlines after spearheading an advertising campaign for swimwear brand Seafolly, was seen on Monday in an animated conversation outside Melbourne’s domestic departures terminal with two Australian Federal Police officers.
Todorovic claimed they were subjected to “homophobic and racist” behavior after getting into an argument with Jetstar staff over a surcharge for an overweight second piece of luggage they were trying to check in.
The fashionista, who wore a ballgown, admits to “screaming” after being told $100 would be charged for an extra 10.5kg.
Soon after, two airport police officers approached and the argument continued – with the model eventually missing the flight.
“I almost got arrested for over $100 f***ing dollars,” Todorovic explained to the Daily telegram after finally landing in Sydney on Tuesday, where they attended an Erik Yvon show for Fashion Week.
A photo taken Monday outside Melbourne’s domestic departure terminal shows controversial non-binary influencer Deni Todorovic talking to police
“I was sitting on a suitcase and then I said to mom, ‘I should probably put on some pants, because then I’ll get more respect.’
Todorovic, who identifies “with all pronouns,” claims police ordered them to leave and charged them with violence.
Photos from the incident show Todorovic sitting on a suitcase in a turquoise frilly ballroom gown worn over a black shirt and two standing officers engaged in an intense argument.
Todorovic said the look was based on the Carrie Bradshaw character from the 1990s romantic comedy TV series Sex in the City.
The Geelong model further expressed their frustration with the situation, saying, “I hate Australia.”
Money means nothing to me, it comes in, it comes out. So many people got in my way, I couldn’t get the flight,” Todorovic said.
As a further protest, they wrote “Jetstar, suck my d***” across the tops of both thighs with a black marker.
Todorovic, who uses “all pronouns,” said they got into a fight with Jetstar staff over a $100 charge for an overweight piece of luggage
A Jetstar representative denied that there was any harassment from their staff.
“We categorically deny these allegations,” a statement said.
‘Our airport staff did everything they could to help the customer. When the customer decided not to fly, we supported that request.’
The AFP confirmed they had spoken to a passenger but would not give further details other than that no further action would be taken.
A witness said the exchange at the entrance to the terminal “a little spectacle.
Todorovic’s starring role in the Seafolly campaign led to a customer boycott in March by those who would not accept a non-binary figure promoting a female swimwear line.
Their later erratic behavior and tirades led to the model being dumped from several public roles by underwear label Bonds, youth charity Minus 18 and gin brand Tanqueray.
Todorovic’s podcast for Mamamia has also ended.
Last month, the Todorovics sensationally announced on Instagram that they like “a line or two” of cocaine.
Despite the scandalous admission, Todorović told his followers that they have been sober for the past two weeks and stressed that they have no problem with substance abuse.
Non-binary influencer and activist Deni Todorović (pictured) has been dropped by several high-profile brands following a series of alarming social media posts
“I’ll get you a goddamn urine sample if you need one because I haven’t done a goddamn drug for fifteen days today,” they ranted.
Todorović’s followers expressed concern in the comments section of the video, which has now been removed from their accounts.
“This is from a loving place, but I’m worried about you,” one person wrote.
“Please take care of your health and sanity.”