To those of you who are thin:
You are beautiful too! The thing is, overweight people face a lot of discrimination so the cultural focus is on empowering them.
The purpose here is for everyone to be healthy and happy. I've been all sizes. I was a size 1 when I had an eating disorder. I was a size 13 before that. Now I'm a size 9. SIZE DOESN'T MATTER! when I was anorexic, the A&F CEO would have considered me "cool" and "beautiful" but I was hurting. I was also hurting when I was a size 13. Now I'm a size 9, but I'm healthy. I'm happy.
And that's ALL THAT MATTERS.
Ellen! THANK YOU SO MUCH! This monologue means SO MUCH TO ME! I was an eating disorder patient and still struggle with body image issues at times and I have friends who are teenagers who BUY INTO THIS! It hurts to know this, because they have gone through so much in their life and this CEO (with clear self-esteem issues) is saying if they are above a certain size that they aren't beautiful? I call BS on that!
Ellen, it's people like YOU who SPEAK UP that will make this world a better place. Thank you again for representing someone like me (just a silly college student studying nutrition at Penn State who is still trying to figure life out), and my beautiful friends who deserve to KNOW THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL regardless of what anyone else says!