Skinny Model Sparks Twitter Outrage — What Do You Think?
The Gap is in hot water over a super-skinny model.
Earlier this week, the clothing company tweeted a picture of a woman wearing a shirtdress, along with the caption, “Dress up your days in pastel plaid. #since1969” (see right and below).
The backlash was immediate.
“Seriously, Gap? In what world do people look like this? Perhaps you could select models who represent regular gals and not a skeleton ghost,” wrote one outraged observer.
Another Twitter user asked, “Doesn’t Gap feed its models? Seriously she looks ill. Please use healthy looking women in your ads next time.”
“This picture is terrifying,” said another.
Yet another detractor noted, “@Gap looks like she needs a hamburger and some sunlight.”
After absorbing the criticism, the company responded with a statement:
“Our intentions have always been to celebrate diversity in our marketing and champion people for who they are. Upon reflection, we understand the sensitivity surround this photograph. Customer feedback is important to us and we think this is a valuable conversation to learn from.”
What do you think of the controversy?