Abercrombie & Fitch and it’s outrageous CEO Mike Jeffries are no strangers to controversy. Shirtless salesmen aside, this is the company that openly owns up to the fact that they’ll only hire attractive people and that sells padded push-up bikinis for toddlers. Grossed out yet? Oh wait, it gets worse.
I just finished reading this article over on Elite Daily and it turns out Mike Jeffries is even douchier than previously imagined (if that’s even possible). If you’ve ever shopped in an Abercrombie & Fitch store and wondered, “Hmm, why can’t I get this shirt in an XL?” there’s a reason. Jeffries doesn’t want fat people wearing Abercrombie & Fitch. No, really. We’re not just making this up.
According to an interview Jeffries did with author Robin Lewis for her new book, an official ban on fat people is actually part of Abercrombie’s business model:
“He [Jeffries] doesn’t want larger people shopping in his store, he wants thin and beautiful people,” Lewis says. “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.'”
Ironically, the store does offer sizes XL and XXL for men, but only to accommodate “large athletes.”
Completely disgusted yet? Oh wait, it gets better, err worse. Click through the slideshow for even more reasons we won’t be supporting Abercrombie or its batshit nuts CEO.
And when you’re done, let us know if you think Jeffries is perfectly justified in running this business the way he wants or if you’d have some choice words for his a$$.
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