Abercrombie & Fitch has finally apologized for the exclusion of large women from its clothing line.
“We look forward to continuing this dialogue and taking concrete steps to demonstrate our commitment to anti-bullying in addition to our ongoing support of diversity and inclusion,” the company said in a release, according to The Huffington Post. “We want to reiterate that we sincerely regret and apologise for any offence caused by comments we have made in the past which are contrary to these values.”
The company has been under fire since Business Insider linked the company’s refusal to offer larger sizes for women to comments the CEO made in a 2006 Salon interview.
“In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids,” he told Salon. “Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.”
Yesterday, a group of teens traveled to Abercrombie’s headquarters in Columbus to protest, People Magazine reported.
Executives invited the teens, including the 18-year-old who started a Change.org petition about the topic, into the meeting.
The petition now has more than 70,000 signatures.
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