Social media was in an uproar on Tuesday after the fashion brand Lilly Pulitzer came under fire for fat shaming amongst its employees.
The controversy started when a photo of an employee’s work area in the company’s headquarters surfaced on New York Magazine’s "The Cut." In the photo, there are a series of illustrations depicting drawings of overweight people along with messages to discourage being "fat."
The photo was a part of an article centered on the fashion company’s headquarters near Philadelphia. Instead, it drew the ire of many on the internet for its alleged depiction of fat shaming.
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“Just another day of fat, white, and hideous,” one of the drawings depicts. “You should probably just kill yourself.”
“Put it down carb face,” another reads.
One of the photos features a sad looking overweight woman in a bikini and the other shows a blonde overweight woman wearing unflattering clothes.
The illustrations were the work of one single employee, according to CNN.
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Many took to Twitter to voice their anger.
“I won’t stop talking about how horrific this is,” one user wrote. “[Lilly Pulitzer] Explain why you cultivate a culture of hate.”
“’Fat, white and hideous’ and this is why [Lilly Pulitzer] is so classy, great job,” another user commented.
A spokesperson for the company has since released a statement saying: “These illustrations were the work of one individual and were posted in her personal work area. While we are an employer that does encourage people to decorate their own space, we are a female-dominated company and these images do not reflect our values. We apologize for any harm this may have caused.”
The clothing design company is known for their bright, bold patterns and their signature "prep" look.
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