By now you have all heard about the interview Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries did a few years ago that recently turned into a media tornado when excerpts from it were brought up in a recent book.
If not let me fill you in a bit:
Abercrombie doesn’t carry any women’s clothing over a size 10 to avoid having these “large people” wear their clothing.
Here is the deal –
Mike Jeffries may not want me, but I don’t want him either – the feeling is mutual.
I was teased about my size all the way through elementary school, middle school, and high school. Looking back at pictures I was a bit big, but you would have thought I was a whale from everything I heard. People made horrible comments behind my back, they said awful things to my face, it was ugly. I was a dork, a fatty, and an outcast and some days I was miserable. However, I made it through because I found wonderful friends and let my way too happy for an average person personality shine.
I remember exactly where the Abercrombie was located in the mall even though I never went in it, not because I couldn’t fit (though I am sure I could not), but because those were the clothes of the bullies, the mean kids, the people who purposely tried to be cool by bringing others down and I wanted no part in it.
As an adult I feel I finally have come into my own. I feel more confident than ever in part thanks to my journey to get healthy. However, I would still never shop at Abercrombie, something about it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. While I wouldn’t change my adolescence because it made me the strong determined woman I am today, I won’t choose to actively celebrate the rough parts.
In truth – I still couldn’t shop at Abercrombie even if I wanted to – I wouldn’t fit into their clothes. That’s right: I work out 6 days a week, run full marathons, and am a double digit size. Your loss Jeffries!
My friend Gina at Noshing on Asphalt did an amazing post about this whole drama. See Gina, unlike me, could wear anything at Abercrombie. She is skinny, athletic, tall, and beautifully all-America. However, even though she fits Jeffries’ perfect mold she found an amazing way to let him have it. Her post entitled The 1% Club… More Exclusive than Abercrombie is fabulous (go check it out now). It shows normal women of all shapes and sizes who are part of the same club, a club that includes anyone who want to join, and club that has no shape or size limit – The Marathoner Club!
I may not look anything like these ladies, but we are in the same club and no one has ever tried to kick me out because I looked too “large” and was bad for the brand. Marathoners love you because you are crazy enough to join their club – so to everyone of any shape or size who want in, “You’re welcome to join. Can’t wait to have you!”
How do you feel about stores only catering to ladies who are a size 10 or under?
Are people like me bad for brands?
Are you a part of the marathoners club? If not would you ever want to join?