From what I’ve heard, this article has already been complained about several times, but as someone who this article affects, I felt as though it was important to share my thoughts. The whole Brandy Melville take was just a bad take, but also inherently hurtful. Maybe it wasn’t intentional, but it was. I am considered to be on the edge of midsize and plus size as a size 14, but I have been affected by fatphobia in my life.
After browsing the website for about 20 minutes, I failed to find a single size larger than a small. It’s one size fits all is so inherently toxic, and for the school paper to put out a statement saying, and I quote, “Their clothes are so comfortable, not too expensive and the sizing is marketed to all”. just because the advertising is “one size fits all,” doesn’t mean it does.
I generally wear a size large to XL or maybe even an XXL and to hear people from my school put in words that a brand like this is meant for “all,” but knowing for myself that I wouldn’t fit into that category, makes me an outcast. As a bigger person, walking around the halls and seeing that the average person here is smaller than me is already hard enough, not that its anyone’s fault that others are skinny, but to then have it thrown into bigger people’s faces as calling it the inherent normal is hurtful to those bigger than the average person.
Not every person needs to be included in every brand as it is not a brand’s responsibility to cater to plus size people. However, to call it a “one size fits all” and “size-inclusive,” means that it automatically excludes anyone who doesn’t fit into that box. Even the brand in itself is hurtful to bigger women and POC shown in this quote from the New York Post: Former Senior Vice President Luca Rotondo said she was told by Marsan (CEO of Brandy Melville) to hire only girls who fit his specifications. “If she was black, if she was fat…he didn’t want them in the store,” Rotondo told Insider. Insider also reported multiple women were fired for their physical appearance and race.
Even as a midsize/plus-size person, I’ve dealt with my fair share of fatphobia, but if this article is hurtful to even a girl like me, I cannot believe how the girls bigger than me would feel right now. This article was a huge display of skinny privilege and ignorance of which it exists. With how bad of a take this was, and how terrible it made me as a bigger woman, and how it must make other bigger women feel, I feel as though a formal apology written by Ava Musgraves and Jackson Parks admitting to their wrongdoings and showing that they learned from their mistakes should be published in the next Echo paper.
– Reagan Indiero