Sherene Zarrabi works at Dainty Hooligan, a small chain of boutique clothing stores, in Stillwater, Oklahoma. She is a senior marketing major at nearby Oklahoma State University and she also occasionally helps run the store’s Instagram account. She shows off some of the items the store has available by posting a few pictures she took of herself modeling, and posted them to Instagram.
Well, fast forward a little bit. She received a very upsetting email from Dainty Hooligan’s owner, Jessica Issler. Basically criticizing her for not having the typical “model” physique and demanded that those photos be removed. Sherene’s response was absolutely perfect …
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.”
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.”
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