The brand Lilly Pulitzer just keeps taking hit after hit and this new information will certainly not help the brand. First with the Target + Lilly brand collab and then with epic fail of that collaboration ending with a lot of upset women over an entire host of issues. And now this…New York’s The Cut Magazine was inside the company’s headquarters at King of Prussia, PA to do a story about the brand entitled “Inside Lilly Pulitzer’s Pink-and-green Headquarters”.
Well, apparently, pink and green and bright summer prints are not the only things that decorate the walls of Lilly Pulitzer. Posted on the fridge, surrounded by Lilly prints and other images were some pretty disgusting pictures of overweight women with equally shocking captions:
“Just another day of fat, white, and hideous,” one drawing lining the fridge reads. “You should probably just kill yourself.” The accompanying image features an overweight blonde woman wearing jeans and an unflattering top.
The second drawing depicts another overweight woman with a saggy stomach and sad expression wearing a bikini. “Put it down carb face,” the caption reads.
Jane Schoenborn, a spokesperson for Lilly Pulitzer, issued a statement on Tuesday, May 26. “These illustrations were the work of one individual and were posted in her personal work area,” the rep told the news outlet. “While we are an employer that does encourage people to decorate their own space, we are a female-dominated company and these images do not reflect our values. We apologize for any harm this may have caused.”
I think regardless of personal workspace, I couldn’t imagine posting something like this within the office and it being construed as “decoration”. And if it is on a fridge, wouldn’t that be a public location? Regardless of location, it was clear and visible to the magazine, which means and it’s clear and visible to any and all female employees. And then these employees are the ones developing “classy” dresses for the southern elite. Encouraging women to hate themselves for being overweight that they should just kill themselves? I think it’s disgusting. And I think the statement just doesn’t really own up to the responsibility of the company. I think a company that is based on hating oneself for not fitting into “their” ideal of the perfect body is not a company built on class.