I like to think that in 2016, we’re living in a pretty enlightened, well-informed era. Sadly, every so often, something comes along to remind me that we still have a long way to go. Even in this day and age, we still have people who like to make others feel bad based on something as shallow as their appearance. I’m lucky that I haven’t had too many encounters with this personally, but if I did I would hope that I have the strength and mental fortitude to overcome it the same way Sherene Zarrabi did.
Sherene works at Dainty Hooligan, a small chain of boutique clothing stores, in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Being a senior marketing major at nearby Oklahoma State University and all, she also occasionally helps run the store’s Instagram account. In order to show off some of the items the store had available, she took a few simple pictures of herself modeling some of the store’s clothes and posted them to Instagram. No problem, right?
Fast forward a little bit and she received a very upsetting email from Dainty Hooligan’s owner, Jessica Issler. Basically, it criticized her for not having the typical “model” physique and demanded that those photos be removed. Sherene’s response was absolutely perfect …
This is Sherene Zarrabi, a student at Oklahoma State University. She’s a fashionable young marketing major who works at a store called Dainty Hooligan, where she would occasionally take pictures of her wearing the store’s clothing to post to their Instagram page. She looks lovely, does she not?
Unfortunately, her boss didn’t seem to think so. When she saw the photos, she sent the following email to Sherene and her manager at the Stillwater store.
Don’t worry, I won’t make you squint to read that. Here’s what it says:
“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 Stillwater 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 is for really good representation. In exchange for the freedom, I ask you to take down all pictures of anyone that doesn’t fit the criteria.”
I know, right?
Thankfully, Sherene decided to handle it more gracefully than I would have.
After posting the email onto Facebook, she explained that rather than choose a paycheck over her beliefs, she quit that job.
In case you’re wondering, she’s now happily working somewhere else!
“I do not want to represent or support a business that has such archaic values and beliefs. THIS is the reason young girls have body image issues,” she says. “This is disgusting. I quit immediately and I suggest that my friends and family do not support Dainty Hooligan. Love yourself, no matter what you look like.”
Via: Little Things