Body constructive mannequin Tess Holliday referred to as out on-line retailer Revolve for promoting what many are deeming a fat-shaming sweatshirt.
The mannequin, 33, captured a screenshot of the piece earlier than the positioning seemingly took it down and tweeted it out for her followers to see. “LOLLLLL @REVOLVE y’all are a large number,” Holliday wrote.
The cropped sweatshirt, which is proven being worn by a pattern measurement mannequin, learn, “BEING FAT IS NOT BEAUTIFUL IT’S AN EXCUSE.”
In a press release to PEOPLE, Revolve mentioned, “This morning, pictures of a forth coming LPA assortment had been prematurely launched on Revolve.com. The capsule assortment – initially conceived by LPA alongside Lena Dunham, Emily Ratajkowski, Cara Delevingne, Suki Waterhouse and Paloma Elsesser – was set to debut tomorrow as a direct commentary on the trendy day “normality” of cyber-bullying and the shared want to create a neighborhood for these most affected by the epidemic. Proceeds had been set to profit ‘Girls Write Now’, a charity targeted on mentoring underserved younger girls and serving to them discover their voices and inform their tales by way of writing.”
“The prematurely launched pictures featured on Revolve.com was not solely included with out context of the general marketing campaign however regrettably featured one of many items on a mannequin who’s measurement was not reflective of the piece’s commentary on physique positivity. We at Revolve sincerely apologize to all these concerned – notably Lena, Emily, Cara, Suki and Paloma – our loyal prospects, and the neighborhood as an entire for this error.”
“The assortment has been pulled. We are proud to donate $20,000 to “Girls Write Now” within the hopes that those that want it could possibly nonetheless profit from what was to be a significant, insightful and impactful collaboration by LPA,” the assertion concludes.
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As first reported by Fashionista, the sweatshirt seems to be a part of a group of pullovers from LPA, which all function shaming quotes reportedly mentioned to stars like Lena Dunham (“Horrible Result of Modern Feminism”) and Cara Delevingne (“Too boney to be boned”). The “Being Fat Is Not Beautiful, It’s An Excuse” type was allegedly directed at curvy mannequin Paloma Elsesser.
However, the model’s message of inclusivity appeared to be misplaced. Holliday’s followers shortly started calling out the model for creating a bit of clothes with that message to start with and Revolve for placing it on a pattern measurement mannequin.
“Lemme guess! This shirt was designed to “encourage” individuals to drop some pounds however not make enjoyable of them. BS! Can’t wait for the justifications!” one Twitter person said.
Another individual said, “How about individuals with Cushing’s syndrome individuals which might be poor individuals with it as a aspect impact of their drugs… I hate these kind of folks that factor it’s as simple as too why somebody is obese.”
Many individuals couldn’t picture who would even buy and put on the sweatshirt. “Imagine being that useless, self vital and judgmental by carrying this,” one individual tweeted. Someone else added, “I wouldn’t put on such a gross and ridiculous merchandise of clothes neither would anybody with a mind cell. How degrading to your label. All the beautiful lush girls on the market like @Tess_Holliday don’t want no excuse to be B-E-A-UTIFUL anyway!!”
Holliday has been a robust voice within the physique positivity motion and sometimes speaks out about her personal journey as a mannequin.
“I’m on the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life now and it took me being the heaviest to lastly love myself,” she mentioned. “I used to be a US measurement 16 to 18 my total life earlier than I had Rylee [her first son, who she had at age 20]. I look again on these photographs now and I don’t want I used to be that measurement, however what I want is that I cherished myself 120 kilos in the past.”