You would think that since it is 2016 we live in a rather enlightened, well-informed era. ‘You would think’ being the key phrase in the prior statement. Sadly, it would appear that we still have a long way to go:-(
There are people that still walk among us who get joy out of making fun of someone and picking on them based on their appearance. Such acts certainly make you one shallow individual and clearly show that you have some serious insecurities of your own. With that, one can only hope that if you ever targets for the way you look, you have as much courage and strength as Sherene Zarrabi.
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. Sounds okay, right?
Move forward a little bit and she received an email from Dainty Hooligan’s owner, Jessica Issler. In short, the email criticized Sherene for not having the typical “model” physique and demanded that those photos be removed. Sherene’s response was absolutely perfect …
Here is Sherene…she looks pretty good I’d say:-)
Sadly, her boss didn’t think she looks so good:-(
Here is what it say’s so you don’t have to squint!
“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 handled the situation much better than most:-)
Sherene decided to post the email on her Facebook account. She also decided that earning a paycheck was not as important as following her beliefs. So she quit that job!
“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.”
Way to go Sherene…way to go!
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