This guy’s grill is completely BUSTED and he wants to talk about people not being attractive enough to wear his clothes? SMH! The comments stemmed from an interview where Abercrombie CEO Mike Jeffries was asked why the brand doesn’t make XL sizes for their women’s clothing. That’s when he let his blatant a$$hole tendencies go H.A.M.
Via CBS Local reports:
Controversial comments about plus-size shoppers allegedly made by the CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch have struck an angry chord with women.
According to Robin Lewis, the author of “The New Rules of Retail,” CEO Mike Jeffries said “he doesn’t want larger people shopping in his store. He wants thin and beautiful people. He doesn’t want his core customers to see people who aren’t as hot as them wearing his clothing. People who wear his clothing should feel like they’re one of the ‘cool kids.’”
In a 2006 interview with Salon magazine, Jeffries admitted his company doesn’t target all shapes and sizes.
He said, “A lot of people don’t belong (in our clothes), and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.”
CBS2’s Kristine Lazar spoke with a number of women who were outraged about Jeffries’ stance on what is considered beautiful.
Erica Ives, a certified eating disorder specialist, said it’s up to parents to use the publicity surrounding Jeffries’ quote to open up a dialogue with their teen.
“The first thing is…do not minimize their experience. But then, yes, you have to focus on the other traits that make people beautiful,” she said.
Lazar’s calls to Abercrombie’s headquarters were not returned.
Do you shop at Abercrombie? We honestly don’t go in there because it’s so dark we’re afraid we’ll be pushed into a dressing room, suffocated by the overwhelming cologne in the air and be butt pirated by an overly buff 18-year-old who waxes his public hair.
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