Friday, May 10th 2013
As many of you know, I write open letters to celebrities. I say what I want, and I try and make it funny and light. However, today I have decided to write a letter to the CEO of Abercrombie. Many are familiar with his remarks about fat people.
I am fat. And it pissed me off.
Dear Mike Jeffries,
I am going to make the assumption that you are a smart man because you are a CEO. However, I am also going to assume that you are not that smart. Why is that? Well, your recent comments about the type of people you want shopping in your store, are some of most naive and insulting comments that I have ever read.
I am fat. My stomach, my arms, hell even my fingers are fat. My arms wave back to people. My thighs rub together. But that doesn’t make me a bad person or a not so cool kid.
I will not deny that I walk past Abercrombie stores and stare at the models and think ‘Dear God, he is hot!’. You Mr. Jeffries, may think because I tip the scale at over 250 pounds, that the boys with the six pack abs won’t even look at me. You are wrong. Not everyone is like you, they don’t see fat as being uncool or defining a person.
They recognize that there is a lot more to a person than the weight of their body.
Apparently you said in an interview, “he doesn’t want larger people shopping in his store. He wants thin and beautiful people. He doesn’t want his core customers to see people who aren’t as hot as them wearing his clothing. People who wear his clothing should feel like they’re one of the ‘cool kids.’”
I came to terms a long time ago that I wasn’t one of the cool kids. I wasn’t going to be out every Friday and Saturday night, I wasn’t going to be heading to dances, and I wasn’t going to sit at the head table at lunch. THEN I GREW UP. I embraced who I am. I moved forward.
I never let being fat define me and I never let it stop me from what I wanted to do.
I may not have been one of the ‘cool kids’. I may have been teased relentlessly by the kids at school. But I can pretty much tell you that I am one of the ‘cool kids’ now, and I don’t rock Abercrombie. I rock Lane Bryant and Old Navy. I interview celebrities and visit movie sets. I stand on red carpets. I get hired to do social media for various events and celebrities. I run some pretty successful websites.
I was interviewed by MTV a few weeks ago. How many of the ‘cool kids’ can tell me that happened to them. I attend premieres that people would kill to attend. And you know what, I did it all by being fat.
Being fat and not wearing Abercrombie hasn’t impaired my life. I know that I will encounter people like you daily who judge me for my weight. But stare and judge all you want – because me and my fat rolls will be moving on to bigger and better things.
You said “You don’t alienate anybody, you don’t excite anybody either.” Well you didn’t excite me. You pissed me off. And well you know what they say, there is nothing in the world worse than a woman scorn.
This Fat Fangirl