Clearly, the CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch Mike Jeffries and Amanda Bynes need to become BFF’s. Both publicly have made some, well, lets just say, interesting comments about only surrounding themselves with “hot” people. Mmhmmm, HOT people. Jeffries made some outrageous comments back in 2006 that has now gone viral.
Jeffries told Salon magazine, “In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids,” he’s quoted as saying in the article. “Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.” Head to your nearest A&F and I challenge you to try and find a variety of sizes above large. I can almost guarantee this will be a struggle to find. Apparently “attractive” is a matter of size, too?
Let’s take a look down memory lane at various celebs who clearly would not be “cool” enough in high school to wear this exclusionary brand. *rolls eyes*
+ Mila Kunis
Mila told OK: “I had a very funny-looking face when I was little. I had like big eyes, big lips, big ears. But when I was little I was constantly being made fun of for having big eyes and that was awful. I used to come home crying, ‘Why do I have big eyes?’ And my parents were like, ‘You’re crazy!’”
+ Chris Colfer
Chris told EW: ”I was very tiny. I spent most of my time stuffed into lockers. Thank god for cellphones, or I’d still be in there.”
+ Kristen Stewart
Kristen revealed: ”I was glad to leave school. I couldn’t relate to kids my own age. They are mean, they don’t give you a chance. I think the social aspects, I haven’t missed out on. I am around people constantly. I meet hundreds of people at work. Once you have done with school, you realize it’s just a smaller version of life.”
+ Michael Phelps
Michael explained: ”When I do go up around where I used to live [in Baltimore], you still see the same people who were picking on me. They’re still around, busing tables or whatever, probably still acting the same way.”
+ Demi Lovato
Demi told People: ”I had a really tough time when I was in middle school. People would write ‘hate petitions’ [about me] and send them around to be signed. They’d have CD-bashing parties of my demos. They’d come to my house, stand across the street and yell things. It was a very emotional time for me, all I wanted to do was get away.”
+ Lea Michelle
Lea opened up in GQ: “I was one of the only girls in my high school that didn’t get [a nose job]. And if anybody needed it, I probably did. But my mom always told me, growing up, ‘Barbra Streisand didn’t get a nose job. You’re not getting a nose job.’ And I didn’t.”
So, that said — how do you all feel about the Abercrombie & Fitch CEO’s statement? Let us know in the comments below, or Tweet us.
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