A Woman’s Story: An Open Letter from a ‘Fat Chick’ to Mike Jeffries, CEO of Abercrombie And Fitch

I’ve never purchased anything from Abercrombie & Fitch in my entire life. Suddenly that fact pleases me greatly.

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Amy Taylor

Director of Content and Community Strategy, Geben Communication

I remember the moment as though it were yesterday (which is saying a lot, because it was nearly two decades ago…) Last week of 8th grade. One of the “popular girls” walked over to me in gym class and asked if she could write in my yearbook. When she handed my book back, I excitedly turned the cover, only to discover that she had written (in beautiful penmanship) the following:

Have a great summer. Stay thin.

Except the word “thin” had been crossed out with a single line.

I have always struggled with my weight. Big-boned. Plus-size. Thick. Curvy. Voluptuous. Padded. Pick your adjective. Over the years I learned to deal with it in different ways. I learned to ignore it. Compensate for it. Deny it. Dress it up. Cover it over. Like everyone who struggles with something physical, I…

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  1. Thanks for re-blogging that…..that was effing brilliant!!

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    1. Thanks! The line that rips my heart out is the thing about the signing of the yearbook. “Have a great summer. Stay thin.” Who the hell do people think they are to put a message like that in someone else’s memento? I find it hard to control my rage. Why don’t we evolve beyond the kindergarten playground?

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  2. Great letter. Thanks for the introduction to her.

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    1. My pleasure. I’ve been a follower for some time now.

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