One backwards owner of a boutique store in Oklahoma clearly has not learned to embrace beauty in its many forms.
The owner of the boutique clothes shop, Dainty Hooligan, recently removed photos of a shop assistant from the store’s Instagram account declaring that the employee did not fit the brand’s “model material” standards.
The employee, Sherene Zarrabi, 21, worked at a branch of Dainty Hooligan in Stillwater, Oklahoma, and posted photos of herself wearing some of the store’s clothes on the shop account while on the job.
According to Independent, the store owner, Jessica Issler, removed the photos and reprimanded the manager of the store. The manager forwarded the email to Zarrabi that read:
“Something I want to make sure you keep in mind. I want size small, the stereotypical ‘model’ to model our clothes.
“Please use our pictures of our models if Stillwater store can’t find someone who would be considered ‘model material’.
“This is not to put anyone down but to communicate expectations of presenting our brand.”
After receiving the email, the 21-year-old quit her job and posted a message on Facebook. The senior student at Oklahoma State University wrote in response to the owner’s email:
“I am fully comfortable with who I am and the way I look. I have recently been attacked and discriminated against by the owner of Dainty Hooligan.
“She went on our store’s Instagram and deleted all of the pictures where I was modeling the clothing and then sent this email to my manager.
“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.”
Issler gave the following statement to the Oklahoma State University paper on Tuesday:
“I am accountable for the email that was sent. I never meant to be mean or attacking, but I’m not apologizing for the unsaid fashion rule.
“My number one priority is the safety of my staff, so the evil and lack of positivity is terrifying.
“This girl has now created a hostile work environment because she has a sad body image of herself.”
The following day, Issler reportedly sent a rather reconciliatory email to Zarrabi that read:
“I can definitely see where feelings got hurt and negativity from there festered from something I take full responsibility for.
“I wish you the best of luck and honestly I don’t have any ill or hard feelings toward you and I want to thank you for a very humbling experience.”