This is outrageous. I already knew that the Abercrombie and Fitch policy of only allowing beautiful people to work for them was pretty bad. They sacked a “model” I know in one of their London shops (as they like to call their staff members in order to get around the gender discrimination rules) because she had broken her finger and had to wear a splint – not perfect, therefore not wanted.
Then we see the 2006 interview with the CEO go viral in the last few days – the one in which he explained why they don’t do large sizes:-
“Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends,” he said in the article. “A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong.”
So you need to watch the following video. This guy has come up with a very good idea. Dig out your old A & F merchandise and send them to the homeless charity shops:-
Being part of a brand that prides itself on being exclusive is not an acceptable way to behave and no way to educate our teenagers in how to treat the rest of the world and I’m quite pleased not to have to go in there again because a) I couldn’t see anything b) I couldn’t hear anything and c) Nothing fitted me anyway.
AND whilst I’m on the subject of brands to boycott – did you know GAP and Walmart have refused to sign the new agreements on building regulations in their factories in India? H & M have apparently agreed to it so I will continue to shop there.