Commentary: It’s Not OK For Abercrombie & Fitch To Tell Me I’m Too Fat

Her gorgeous photos honestly make me want to go up to the Abercrombie CEO and ask him if he still thinks that plus-size women aren’t beautiful.

I’ll never quite understand what he was thinking when he made those comments in a 2006 Salon interview. He is now defending himself, saying that it was all taken out of context but it’s difficult to believe that the company is “completely opposed to any discrimination, bullying, derogatory characterizations or other anti-social behavior based on race, gender, body type or other individual characteristics” when, as far as I know, they aren’t exactly known for their model diversity. I mean, really, when was the last time you remember seeing a black or Latino model in one of their ads? There’s even a not-so-funny internet meme that comments on this lack of diversity.

This latest controversy is definitely enough to keep me (and Kirstie Alley) from ever shopping at Abercrombie & Fitch again. Maybe they’ll learn a little something and actually improve their policies, or at least teach the CEO to keep his mouth shot.

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Irina Gonzalez,

An NYC-based journalist, web editor, and food writer, she started her career with an internship at Latina magazine while receiving her bachelor’s at New York University. Her work has appeared in Time Out New York,,,,, and more. When she’s not checking out the latest taco restaurant in New York City, scouring for the best tapas in Barcelona, or dreaming of visiting Alex Atala’s restaurant in Brazil, she’s blogging about her favorite recipes, healthy eating tips and maintaining her 100 pound weight loss on You can always find her on Twitter (@msirinagonzalez) & Instagram (@msirinagonzalez) talking about her latest delicious meal.

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