Black models were sent home early’: Abercrombie and Fitch model talks racism she witnessed

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t Abercrombie and Fitch has come forward with some alleged details of racism and sexual harassment.

She detailed her experience working at the clothing retailer in an essay for xoJane.

The staffer, whose identity remains secret and who still works a few shifts at the retail store, was hired on as a “model” or part-time sales staff by two male models who said she had the right “look.” But soon, she saw just what her “great look” really meant.

The employee wrote that she works at one of the company’s “flagship” stores, so former CEO Mike Jeffries would visit frequently.

“When he did visit, managers went out of their way to ensure that the models on the floor were the cream of the crop,” she wrote of a visit from Jeffries. “Unfortunately, this usually meant the thinnest, tallest, and whitest models.”

Jeffries apparently visited the store often, and because of the frequency of his visits, the employee was able to see up-close the kind of racism perpetuated by the store. “On one particularly horrifying instance, most of the black models were sent home an hour early before their shifts ended and before Jeffries was scheduled to visit,” she recalled.

 

 

 

 

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