Publicado: Sáb, Setiembre 15, 2018
Espectáculos | Por Manuelo Venegas

Lena Dunham Responds to Revolve's Sweatshirt Debacle

Lena Dunham Responds to Revolve's Sweatshirt Debacle

Plus-sized model Tess Holliday was the first to notice that the sweatshirt, which features the quote, "Being fat is not lovely it's an excuse", was draped across a svelte woman on clothing retailer Revolve's website.

The message has been slammed online by Twitter users as well as by plus-size model Tess Holliday, who called Revolve out saying the brand was "a mess".

Several commented on Holliday's thread and to the Revolve item, attacking the company for the "gross" and "judgemental" outfit.

A spokesperson for Revolve confirmed to that the collection had been "released prematurely" on its site, adding that the pieces were intended for debut on Thursday to serve "as a direct commentary on the modern day "normality" of cyber-bullying and the shared desire to create a community for those most affected by the epidemic". The LPA x Lena collection was conceived with actress-writer-producer Lena Dunham and collaborators Emily Ratajkowski, Cara Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse. Revolve also pledged $20,000 to Girls Write Now, the organization Revolve meant to aid with this campaign, which has made it its mission to help "underserved young women to find their voices through the power of writing and community".

"The prematurely released images featured on was not only included without context of the overall campaign but regrettably featured one of the pieces on a model who's size was not reflective of the piece's commentary on body positivity. We at Revolve sincerely apologize to all those involved-particularly Lena, Emily, Cara, Suki and Paloma-our loyal customers, and the community as a whole for this error". "But it's a collaboration with 5 women with the worst troll quotes". Like me, she gave her quote in good faith and shared her vulnerability in order to support arts education and to spread her message of empowerment, and she wasn't consulted in the marketing. The shirt is part of a range of jumpers featuring real life quotes from women who have experienced trolling online and was meant to shine a light on how cruelly women are treated on the internet.

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"So basically it's the opposite of what it seems", the brand concluded. The sweatshirt featured the quote attributed to plus-size model Paloma Elsesser but was modelled by a skinny model.

Dunham, a friend of LPA's creator Pia Arrobio, revealed on Instagram that the choice to put the sweatshirts on thin, white models without consulting any of the women who provided quotes for the collection meant she could no longer be associated with the project.

Dunham weighed in on the controversy on Instagram, writing that she was "deeply disappointed" in Revolve's decision to photograph the designs on slender models "without consulting me or any of the women involved".

"As soon as we realized that we had done, we pulled the product and canceled the line", Revolve said, "before a single style was sold".

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