“Hooters, Abercrombie, & Hollister Oh My!” cont…

Basically they weren’t really hiring people of color, African Americans, Latin Americans, and Asian Americans didn’t fit their look. I found an article on CBSNews.com and this same issue. Take a look at the case of Jennifer Lu, a former employee of a Costa Mesta store.

“All-American doesn’t mean all-white,” says Jennifer Lu, a student at University of California, Irvine, and a former salesperson at a Costa Mesa, Calif., store. Lu and several other young people say they couldn’t get a job, or were fired because their look was not consistent with the store’s look.

“It’s dominated by Caucasian, football-looking, blonde-hair, blue-eyed males; skinny, tall,” says Lu. “You don’t see any African-Americans, Asian-Americans, and that’s the image that they’re portraying and that they’re looking for.”

Liu says she was fired after corporate officials visited the store, and, according to her, didn’t like what they saw: “A corporate official had pointed to an Abercrombie poster and told our management at our store, ‘You need to have more staff that looks like this.’ And it was a white Caucasian male on that poster.”

Circling back to Hooter’s, many employees have faced discrimination once they get hired. Many report that there was a push for keeping down weight and looking made up at work. Take a look at Cassie Smith’s story.

Smith, of Roseville, was the first woman to challenge Hooters when she filed the lawsuit on May 24.Smith said that during an employee evaluation she was told by the corporate office via teleconference that she was in danger of losing her job because of the fit of her uniform.Smith said she was complimented on her attitude and customer service skills, but that during her uniform evaluation the women mentioned that her shirt and short size could use some improvement.

So they were pretty much telling her that she was fat and she needed to lose weight, else she would lose her job.

That is messed up…

Cite:

Leung, Rebecca. “The Look of Abercrombie & Fitch”. Cbsnews.com. Web.

“More Hooters Waitresses Claim Discrimination”. Clickondetroit.com. Web.

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“Hooter’s, Abercrombie, & Hollister Oh My!”

So I was talking to my friend one day about needing a job and she said, “Hey you should try to go and get a job at Hooter’s! I work there and I loooove it.!” I know a lot of girl’s who would say, or more likely parents (HA), that would say you/I am not working at Hooter’s! For the same reason almost everyone else does.  The sexy clothes and objectivism of women is the main idea that comes to mind. But of course being the broke college student I am I don’t care. So I say “Ok, I know you guys get tipped really good! I will call them tomorrow.” She looks at me and says, “Well you can’t call them, you have to go in person. If you call they will tell you they aren’t hiring, but that’s because they can’t see you over the phone.” Hmmm….do what know?

This isn’t the last time though that I encountered a “pretty preference” when looking for a job. When I was recruited to work at Abercrombie. Oh and by the way you cant just go in and get an application, someone who works there has to recruit you. They give you a card with their name on it and have the info on where to apply online and it requires a password. But get this…on the card it literally reads, “We are just looking for a couple of good-looking people…” Whoa. Seriously? This isn’t the only company like this, Abercrombie & Fitch (the adult store…NOT xxx adult store for those whose minds are elsewhere) and Hollister who are all under the same jurisdiction are just the same.

The rules that these companies have also are absolutely ridiculous! Not only is the dress code very specific, it’s extensive and obviously an attmept at rooting out “certain” types of people. I went in for an interview and as I went through the interviewing process the more and more I was turned off by the thought of working there.You cant have any hair style that requires gel or any excessive amount of hairspray, it has to look natural. You can’t wear a lot of earrings or rings, nor can they be big, quarter size only (I was already not hired). The more things he named the more I looked down at myself and thought, wow I might as well get up and walk away now. I honestly wish he would have just said “We don’t want urban people working here.” Needless to say I didn’t get a call back…All smiles on that one.

Of course you are gonna come into some legal trouble. Abercrombie and Fitch got a big lawsuit filed against them in 2005,

You can read he full story here:

Abercrombie and Fitch Lawsuit I know it’s Wikipedia, but honestly they have all the information! Sorry….

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“No Tampons, No Schooling.”

Although, my posts have generally been about American popular culture. I thought that this post was crucial to my blog’s topic.

In other countries across the globe, especially Least Developed Countries (LDCs) education for girls and women is primarily a non necessity. Girl’s make up 60 percent of the 73 million children in the world that don’t go to primary school. I guess no one noticed or cares, but this is a HUGE problem.

To provide insight onto this issue, I would like to go a bit into the subject of global poverty and the cultural norms that go along with it. Most LDCs put emphasis on the progression of men, training them and putting them into school. Because the male is the main, if not sole breadwinner in the communities and inside their household. The women are put into the stereotypical roles of maternal duties, basically having and raising children. So there is no push for the education of females. Especially since a lot of times there is a charge on parents for each child in school.

In sub-Saharan Africa, only 1 in 5 girls get any form of education at all. What is so ironic about why there should be a push for the education of women  in LDCs is how beneficial it is for them and their future children. A woman with 5+ years of education has a 40 percent better chance of her children living to age 5. Also with education, the girl’s are three times less likely to contract HIV/AIDS, a mind boggling epidemic in Africa.

Unfortunately there are a lot of families who just don’t believe it to be important or necessary to educate their daughters. For one, a lot of school’s are long distance and since there is a high rate of sexual abuse need chaperones. Another big problem is the whole situation of public restrooms and a girl’s menstrual period. A lot of times once a girl starts her period she must drop out of school because 9 times out of 10 they don’t have or have access to sanitary napkins and supplies. (Hence the title of this post).

Here is a Always commercial  on this issue:

This is a problem in almost any third world or developing country in the world. Surprisingly enough this even tends to happen here in America. Girl’s having to drop out of school due to family obligations or pregnancy is something that happens a little too often. Most times these women fall into poverty, and without an education it makes it EXTREMELY difficult to get out of it, thus causing the ‘generational poverty’ phenomena. It becomes a never ending circle.

And here I used to try to miss school because of PMS and cramps…

Cites:

(Alter, Jonathan. “Education: It’s Not Just About the Boys, Get Girls into School”. Annual Editions. Developing World 10/11. Article 45 pg 208)

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“White Runway”

Iman. Just the name in itself is iconic. For those who don’t know who this is, Iman is one of, if not the, most famous IT girl of color. She graced the pages and runways of many illustrious designers for years and is still considered one of the top models of all time. She opened the door for black models to be able to join the fashion industry and strut down the runways. In her footsteps came Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks, Alec Wek, and Liya Kebede are among the most famous. It was like a new revolution in the fashion world, that wasn’t perfect and is progressively coming to an end.

Even though all these black models came into the scene they faced many problems with subtle racism and discrimination. Similar to what I mentioned in a earlier post, lighter skin, especially in the fashion industry is put on the pedestal of beauty. They tend to use more pale models, with European features like blonde hair and light colored eyes. It’s almost like there is a limit on the amount of black models that they use on runways.

Think of anytime that you have watched a up-scale fashion show for like Gucci or Christian Dior. Now think of how many Black women you saw come down the runway. Two? Maybe three? It’s becoming quite blatantly obvious that they would rather not use women of color, but for fear of lawsuits and such, they throw in just a couple to shut us up.

The Documentary “The Color of Beauty” can give you some insight into the issue:

The models I spoke of notice this too. Here is a quote from Naomi Campbell;

“This year, we have gone back all the way that we had advanced,” she says. “I don’t see any black woman, or of any other race, in big advertising campaigns.”

And one from Hathann Hardison, a former model;

“It’s heartbreaking for me now because the agents send the girls out there to castings and nobody wants to see them,” said Ms. Hardison, referring to black models. “And if they do, they’ll call afterward and say, ‘Well, you know, black girls do much better in Europe, or else black girls do much better in New York, or we already have our black girl.’”

The complete irony in this is black women in the United States spend more than $20 billion on apparel each year, according to estimates by TargetMarketNews.com. And yet they can’t advertise and put more black models on the runway? It’s absolutely backwards. This is incredulously discouraging to women of color who want to make it in the fashion industry. I mean honestly, beauty is beauty, regardless of skin tone or race. Is this the kind of set backs that we want to continue? I thought we were going in the right direction.

What seems to me is that the fashion industry is ass-backwards and prejudice. But in a fashionable way.

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“Senorita”

This post is in NO way a bashing of other races of women. Point blank.

Every so often, when I have nothing else to do (which is often) I look at music videos on YouTube and VEVO. Since R&B and Hip-Hop are at the top of my favorite genre’s of music, those are the music videos I watch the most. I have noticed from the early videos in the late 80s and 90s, the lead female love interests or video girls were almost always African American. But as the years pass I see the use of more and more multi-racial and exotic models for their videos. Black women are used less and less in these videos.

Ok, I imagine you are wondering what in the world my point is. Through observation I have noticed the divide between women of color. The split between lighter skin and darker skin. It seems that the media pushed the idea of lighter skin being preferred over dark skin. This is prevalent in not only music videos, but magazines and the fashion industry. Black celebrities, on certain magazines like maybe Vogue, are airbrushed to the point where they could be passable as another race. Like for instance, Beyoncé looks almost Caucasian in this photo.

"Looks extra light on the left doesn't she?"

I’ve watched several behind the scenes of music videos and have heard a artist say they want the exotic women in their videos, especially Hispanic women. The preference of exotic and lighter skinned women further fuels the big problem of the low self esteem of African American women, mainly women of brown or darker skin. I, myself am light skinned, but I was brought up to believe that all shades of women are beautiful. Unfortunately I have observed many women who don’t feel the same.

I have heard anywhere from “Dark skinned women are ugly and unattractive,” to “Light skinned women think they are better than us.” I think it’s absolutely disgusting the way some people think. I even notice the way children of different skin tones act around and toward one another. But they can’t help it. Evidently they grew up or came accustomed to these ideas, even more so they can get it from the community or even their household (siblings with different skin tones).

Take a look at this video:

This has been a big problem in recent years, and as a action against it BET launched a “My Black is Beautiful” commitment and television special. A little bit about their purpose:

Our extraordinary new initiative, My Black is Beautiful, celebrates the diverse collective beauty of African-American women and nurtures black self-esteem. The movement encourages black women to define and promote our own beauty standard — one that is an authentic reflection of our indomitable spirit.

Recognizing that beauty and self-confidence are intrinsically linked, My Black is Beautiful is designed to ignite black pride and support a sustained national conversation by, for and about black women — the way we are reflected in popular culture and how we serve as the catalyst for a movement that effects positive change.

This is just one of the many forces in the movement to change the negative perspectives of women of color and it seems that this is a push in the right direction.

Citations:

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“Felines & Barbies.”

The world of plastic surgery. A place where one can completely change their entire identity if they chose. Don’t like your nose? You can get a smaller one. Want to lose some fat? Get liposuction. Want fuller lips? Collagen is you best friend. Like cats? Become…a cat?

Over the years cosmetic surgery has developed and progressed into a billion dollar industry gaining new advancements as plastic surgeons discover new technologies and techniques. Of course plastic surgery is not strictly cosmetic. It is used as reconstructive surgery to parts of the body that have suffered some type of extensive damage (like deterioration from an infection or burns). But that is for another day.

Women are the leading consumers, so to speak, of cosmetic surgery. Among the most popular are breast augmentation, abdominoplasty, and lip enhancement. But some women go to the extremes. Take for instance Sarah Burge, also known as the “Real Life Barbie”.

Sarah Burge Photo

Sarah Burge is a former Playboy bunny who began her passion for plastic when she was attacked, beaten, and left for dead. Having to have reconstructive surgery on her face began the plastic surgery process to becoming a real life Barbie. She has had over 100 procedures that add up to $250,000 to make her self look as close as possible to our plastic icon of childhood. **

If you ask me it looks utterly ridiculous. But in her mind it’s gorgeous. Not only that, she continues to have more and more cosmetic surgery. “It’s addictive” she says. Sad thing is, there are several women who suffer from plastic surgery addiction. I believe a big cause of this (which I talked about in a earlier post) is the pressures of perfection placed on women. The obsession over being slim, the obsession over being young, the obsession over being beautiful.

Media isn’t the only source of pressure. Women in relationships can be pressured or think that they need to do what they can to stay in a relationship. We’ve all heard of women getting Botox to look younger or breast augmentation to get that desired perkiness. But this Jocelyn Wildenstein takes the cake.

"Now that's what I call the cat's meow..."

The first picture in the first row is what she looked like before her plastic surgeries. Honestly, she wasn’t a bad looking lady at all. The last picture in the first row is what she looks like now…the Simba from the Disney film The Lion King. As the story goes, she went rampant with plastic surgery after fearing her millionaire husband would leave her.* Get this…she knew he loved cats, so she decided to get plastic surgery so she would resemble one. The crazy things people do for love! But unfortunately this story doesn’t have a happy ending; he divorced her.

The sad part is that this is pretty much irreversible. It’s quite mind boggling what people will do for love or to be ‘beautiful’. Guess Jocelyn’s is a face only a  mother could love.

MEOW!

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“It’s Barbie B!tches!”

"The Harajuku Barbie"

The above photo is of the Hip-Hop artist Nicki Minaj, recently proclaimed the “New Queen of Hip-Hop” by Rolling Stone magazine. She started off as an underground artist, having a few mixtapes circulating the Hip-Hop community, and a buzz started to circulate around her. She is known for her bubbly, yet hard demeanor and her explosive personas in music videos. But, what she is MOST famous for is her rather large derriere. Which has been a spectacle of the Hip-Hop/R&B community and fans alike.

What seems to be becoming more and more prevalent is that her looks and shape overshadow her lyrics. Which are sometimes past debatable as being ‘top notch’. Not to say that she isn’t decent with her words, but I wouldn’t even think of comparing her to artists like Lauryn Hill. There has been sparks of controversy over her infamous behind and breasts, as whether or not they are real. Photos circulated the net of before and after photos, and it’s almost completely obvious there was some plastic surgery intervention.

"Do you see the difference?"

The second picture is not very old at all, seeing as Nicki Minaj has been on the scene for maybe 2-3 years.

I wonder if she didn’t look the way she does would she be as popular as she is? Take for instance Rihanna. Rihanna is extremely beautiful. Yet her voice (aside all of the audio fixes and auto tuning to smooth out her voice) is not great at all. But she is one of the most world renown artist’ of our generation. Beauty plays a big role in the music industry and almost always trumps talent. A lot of the people in my generation probably don’t know anything about artists back in the 80s (I have older parents and sibling so I grew up around older music) but does the name Appollonia ring a bell?

Apollonia

She was discovered by Prince, and played the lead female role in Purple Rain. She was also known for being extremely beautiful, but “couldn’t sing a lick”, as older people would say.

But artists like India Arie, Estelle, or Adele who have great soul stirring music and wonderful voices, are over looked because they don’t fit the mainstream look of beauty, so people lose interest and they are extremely underrated and overlooked.

Let’s take a look at these two artists, be honest, who would you rather see in concert?

Rihanna

India Arie

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