Commentary: It’s Not OK For Abercrombie & Fitch To Tell Me I’m Too Fat

Being overweight in America is not easy. I know because, although I’m at a healthy weight now, I have struggled with my weight for most of my life. At my highest, I ballooned up to 230 pounds (at just 5’2”!) and wore size 18 clothes. Well, to be honest, I really should have been wearing size 20 pants but I refused to go up that high. Instead, that was the moment that I realized I needed to finally do something about my obesity.

It’s not easy being told that you’re fat and seeing the giant portions served at restaurants, the junk food advertisements everywhere and skinny models wearing clothes that I would have given anything to fit into. Even worse is when someone tells you that you are too fat to shop in his store and that he doesn’t want you there.

Although he didn’t say it to my face, it still hurts. Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries has recently come under fire because of comments he made about only wanting the “cool kids” to shop at his stores. It blew up when author Robin Lewis claimed that Jeffries “doesn’t want larger people shopping in his store, he wants thin and beautiful people.” Even actress Kirstie Alley is speaking up about the outrageous comments, claiming that this “could make me never buy anything from Abercrombie.”

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Irina Gonzalez, Director of Audience Development

Irina Gonzalez is the Digital Audience Development Manager for Latina.com and The Latin Kitchen, where she oversees social media, content partnerships, writes and edits, and more. An NYC-based journalist, web editor, and food writer, she started her career with an internship at Latina magazine while receiving her bachelor’s at New York University. Her work has appeared in Time Out New York, MamasLatinas.com, FamilyCircle.com, TheFrisky.com, GoodHousekeeping.com, and more. When she’s not checking out the latest taco restaurant in New York City, scouring for the best tapas in Barcelona, or dreaming of visiting Alex Atala’s restaurant in Brazil, she’s blogging about her favorite recipes, healthy eating tips and maintaining her 100 pound weight loss on HealthyLatinFood.com. You can always find her on Twitter (@msirinagonzalez) & Instagram (@msirinagonzalez) talking about her latest delicious meal.

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