Does your boss have the right to comment on how you look? Maybe when it comes to details that are outlined in an employee manual, like facial hair, body odor, a uniform, or piercings. One thing an employer does not have license to dictate is weight, in most cases. But what about a boss in the fashion industry?
Body image is an important part of being confident in your own skin, and Sherene Zarrabi didn’t have a problem with the way that she looked when she went to work every day. She worked for a clothing store that sold trendy and comfortable clothing, and she loved trying it on! She and a few other employees would often take pictures of themselves in the newest styles and post the to the company’s Instagram account…that is until her manager received THIS email…
Something I want to make sure you keep in mind. I want size small, the stereotypical “model” type, to model our clothes. Please use our pictures of our models if our store can’t find someone who would be considered “model material.” This is not to put anyone down but to communicate the expectations of presenting our brand.
Don’t take it personal, all I ask for is really good representation. In exchange for the freedom, I ask you to take down all pictures of anyone that doesn’t fit the criteria.
Wow. If you’re like the rest of America, you probably hadn’t heard about Dainty Hooligan until just now, either, but if I ever see one, I’ll be sure to go ahead and NOT shop there. Ever. What’s the point in running a clothing line that doesn’t appreciate the human body? The very thing the line is meant to be worn on? They don’t only make size double-zero clothing, so why the attack on a perfectly lovely girl who obviously
loves loved their clothing?
The owner probably thought that she would get away with saying these things by using thinly veiled euphemisms and insinuations. Unfortunately for her, the internet is a thing, and people won’t stand for this kind of nonsense. In the meantime, take a look at the pictures that this owner thought weren’t “right” for their line.
Look at that style. Gorgeous.
Does this picture make you want to buy more clothes? It should. Just maybe not from that crazy owner.
I received an apology email from Jessica, the owner of Dainty Hooligan. She said after putting herself in my shoes, she knows how I must’ve felt. I appreciate that she took the time to reach out to me. But it doesn’t change what she originally said in her interviews. She said some nasty, disgusting things about me. I haven’t bashed Jessica in any way. I have no ill feelings toward her or Dainty Hooligan, I will just choose to take my business elsewhere from now on.”
Yeah, I would have quit, too. The good news? Sherene got a new job almost instantly. Who WOULDN’T want to work with such a confident and style-savvy young woman?