A/N: This is my response to comments made by Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jefferies about not wanting overweight women to wear his brand.
Dear Mr. Jefferies,
You disgust me. After reading your comments about hating fat girls in this article, I am wholeheartedly offended and appalled. You have not only offended me, but you have offended every young girl who has struggled or is struggling with their weight. You have offended every young girl who is battling with low self-esteem because they feel threatened by these “beautiful, skinny” girls that you so target in your stores.
It took a lot of balls (even though yours are shriveled up like prunes) for you to declare that fat girls will “never be part of the in crowd” and that you “market cool, good-looking people” and that including fat people in your market demographic would make your clothes undesirable.
Now, I understand you don’t carry XL and XXL clothes in your stores and the comments you made were probably strictly business, but you are sending the wrong message out there to fat and curvy girls who try their damndest to be the best that they can be. You have no right to belittle every fat and curvy girl in this country. How dare you? How dare you be such an inconsiderate, heartless monster!! Did you inject too much Botox in your puny brain the day you gave the interview?
Now, I am not your typical customer. I have never bought a single piece of crap in your store nor do I want to now. Yes, I understand that there’s a fight against obesity, but your comments make matters worse. Your comments about only going after the “attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends” will make girls go into downward spiral of depression, excessive peer pressure, and unhealthy consequences. By saying that, you are encouraging fat and skinny young girls to not eat very much. Your comments are encouraging diseases like bulimia and anorexia. Is that really how you want your business to be portrayed?
Let me tell you something about fat girls. Number one, I am one of them and proud of it. I have always struggled with my weight. I have been teased at times because of my weight and height. It hurt my feelings, and it took me years to finally accept myself as a beautiful person. Number two, fat girls are just as pretty, if not more beautiful and sexy, than skinny girls. There are fat girls that have great attitudes about life, are confident about themselves, and have plenty of friends. Fat girls are just as attractive as skinny girls. There are female celebrities (i.e.: Rebel Wilson, Melissa McCarthy, to name a few) who are the epitome of the fact that true beauty doesn’t come from the outside, it comes from the inside. Let this be a lesson to every young girl out there: there’s nothing wrong with a little junk in your trunk!!
Clothing stores like yours should highly encourage girls with different body shapes and sizes to feel good about themselves, not exclude them because of their appearance. Appearance isn’t everything. A&F is not supposed to be a clique. Your comments are a classic case of discrimination, and it’s mind-boggling that in the 21st century, we have to deal with ignorant people like you (who are supposed to be beacons of hope and positive role models) say stupid stuff. You make me sick.
I don’t know if you’ve had a scarring moment in high school that made you feel totally worthless or if you were actually part of the popular in crowd. Frankly, I don’t give a shit about your past. But Mr. Jefferies, you don’t know what’s like to be a woman. We women stick together. We are powerful, we are strong, and we are smart. We are force to be reckoned with.
In the words of Lady Gaga:
“There’s nothin’ wrong with lovin’ who you are, she said, ’cause He made you perfect, babe. So hold your head up, girl and you’ll go far. Listen to me when I say. I’m beautiful in my way. Cause God makes no mistakes. I’m on the right track, baby, I was born this way. Don’t hide yourself in regret. Just love yourself and you’re set. I’m on the right track, baby. I was born this way.”
I don’t expect you to apologize for your comments. No matter what you say, I can guarantee people are going to boycott your store. I know you will never read this open letter. But if you ever do, let me give you the two pieces of advice: if you want to help the fight against obesity, leave it to the experts and put your money where your mouth is.