An open ended letter to Abercrombie & Fitch from a “Fat Chick”
Dear Abercrombie & Fitch,
Recently, an article surfaced about how you didn’t want “fat people” shopping at your store. (If you haven’t, you can check out the article HERE) Let me start off by saying, it’s your store, and you can have whoever shop there that you would like, this is not the problem I have with your statement. The fact that Abercrombie & fitch only goes up to a size 10 pants in women is explanation enough on who you want to shop in your stores. (And by you, I mean the CEO of the company, Michael Jeffries). Here is what I have a problem with, this is the statement you said regarding why you don’t want “fat people” shopping at your stores: “He doesn’t want his core customers to see people who aren’t as hot as them wearing his clothing,’ Mr Lewis added. ‘People who wear his clothing should feel like they’re one of the “cool kids,” Really? That is your reasoning? I would have respected the opinion more if it was based on something that doesn’t include high school stereotypes.
Lets take a look at what the CEO looks like, therefore what he must think the “cool kids” look like shall we?
Well, something tells me that perhaps you, Mr. Jeffries, might not have been one of the “cool kids” in Highschool huh? Putting some bleach in your hair, whitner on your teeth, and injections in your face, and excluding people based on “popularity” isn’t going to make you a better person. Another classic statement from Jeffries, ‘That’s why we hire good-looking people in our stores. Because good-looking people attract other good-looking people, and we want to market to cool, good-looking people. We don’t market to anyone other than that.’ Well, I hate to tell you, skinny does not always equal attractive. Just because you only have clothes for “skinny” people does not mean that everyone walking around in your over priced, plain clothing, is going to be attractive.
Let me say this again, the fact that you only market to thinner people, is not my concern, it’s your pompous assumption that only skinny people are popular. I was a fat goth chick in highschool, and guess what? I was pretty well known and liked by most people. I am still a plus size woman, but I am smart, pretty, and most importantly (to me) healthy. That’s right, I’m a plus sized, healthy person. Feel free to check out my post The day I realized I was overweight, regarding my decision to get healthy that had nothing to do with my outside appearance, or what these wanna be “popular” people thought of me.
I end this letter asking you this, Is being popular really something so important to you that you base your entire business model after it? How long exactly have you been out of Highschool? and Who hurt you so bad that you have become a 40 something year old bully to people that don’t fit your definition of “beautiful” or “popular”? I feel sorry for you.
A “fat chick”
To our Fans, I would love to know your opinion on this.
Do you think it’s ok for a store to only hire attractive looking people? Or to outwardly say that (basically) no fat person can be popular or attractive, and therefore can not shop in their stores? Another point I think is important to bring up is that Abercrombie Men’s sizing goes up to a XXL, to “market to athletes” they say. So is it a double standard? Let me know your thoughts!