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Gap tweet sparks controversy over skinny model

Gap Tweet Causes Controversy Over 'Too Skinny' Model

Clothing retailer Gap caused a bit of an uproar on Twitter after posting a photo of a pastel plaid dress. But it wasn't the dress that had users freaking out, it was the model wearing it.

Many felt that Gap was in the wrong for hiring a model that is so skinny, and their comments ranged from constructive ("We need to see real women in ads. I mean, after all, real women buy clothes") to comments that are downright offensive ("omg she looks like a concentration camp inhabitant.") The difference being that the former was criticizing Gap, while the latter bullied to model.

Despite a number of posts saying the woman should eat a cheeseburger or spend some time in the sunlight, one Twitter user attacked another in defense of the model. In response to a mean spirited comment about the woman's weight, Daniel Ralston tweeted, "People say this to my wife all the time and it's just as hurtful as telling a fat person to diet. Her father is really skinny and he's 65. She has no eating disorders, she just can't put on weight. And even if she did have an eating disorder that kinda makes it worse."

It's called "skinny shaming," which is just as bad as fat shaming since it's still bullying.

While Gap has not taken down the controversial tweet, their website features an image of a different model wearing the same pastel plaid dress. Despite the fact that her waist is ten inches smaller than the national average of 34 inches, no one seems to be freaking out.

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coopdabomb August 05 2014 at 4:27 PM

If people would spend the same amount of time to fix themselves as they do whining about others this might become a great country again.

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krelorjac August 05 2014 at 4:01 PM

Okay, so that is a really UGLY dress.

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mrs_amandajohnson krelorjac August 05 2014 at 4:58 PM

Haha, right?

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Luke Sacher krelorjac August 06 2014 at 12:17 AM


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charpist5 August 05 2014 at 4:20 PM

Oh, boo hoo. Either people scream because someone is too skinny or scream because someone is too fat. How about we just BAN social media all together? And as for tweeting....there is a REASON it is called TWITter.

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bbhuey4213 August 05 2014 at 4:43 PM

The problem isn't necessarily that they hired a "skinny" model - they can hire whoever they want, after all - but in putting her in such an unattractive garment that she does indeed look like she just got out of a concentration camp. I'm certainly not a marketing expert, but isn't the idea to make your clothing look appealing so people will want to buy it? This poor girl looks like she's either been drugged or is posing under threat of bodily harm, and the dress hangs on her in such a way that it basically looks like she's modelling a pastel plaid feedsack. Nothing about the ad makes me think that the dress they're trying to sell is desirable even if they were giving it away, let alone makes me think I'd want to pay money for it...

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Rick August 05 2014 at 3:42 PM

so she's not a real woman? is she fake? why are people so worried about what others look like? let them pick whatever model they want and maybe she cant gain weight, that does happen sometimes.

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ram4131 August 05 2014 at 5:17 PM

Is she modeling a dress or doing a coat rack impression?

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mgt0331 ram4131 August 05 2014 at 5:41 PM

That's funny stuff.Lol

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katkelly57 ram4131 August 05 2014 at 6:25 PM

A hanger impression...sad.
Also, who the hell came up with size zero?!?

Doesn't do any good for girls with body image issues.

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Ronald August 05 2014 at 6:17 PM

This is definitely more important than the thousands being killed every day all over the world. Get over your self America.

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slackwarerobert Ronald August 06 2014 at 11:44 AM

Since your peaceful muslims are killing them, it isn't our problem.

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whiteoak August 05 2014 at 3:48 PM

she looks sickly.....feed her some real food

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orggreg whiteoak August 05 2014 at 10:25 PM

yes like you eat the s..t

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HAYLEY BUG August 05 2014 at 10:07 PM

sorry fat people, some people really are skinny, get over it

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ilenedan2 HAYLEY BUG August 05 2014 at 10:23 PM

Size 00 on a woman who is likely over 5'7" is not skinny, it is emaciated. Medical literature clearly show that women who are fat (but not obese) live longer and healthier lives. Sorry emaciated people, you really ARE ill. Like most mentally ill people, you just don't recongize it. Get help.

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slackwarerobert ilenedan2 August 06 2014 at 12:22 PM

did your medical "experts" even bother to go to africa and look at the bean pole ettes that are like 6'6"? Heck their neck alone is like 10".
Life span is all hogwash. "smoking kills" yet george burns almost made it to 100. My grandmother smoked 3 packs a day and was 106 when she died.

Science is PROVABLE, and REPEATABLE. everything else is snake oil.

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orggreg HAYLEY BUG August 05 2014 at 10:38 PM

to many fat people but No sorry for them !

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slackwarerobert orggreg August 06 2014 at 12:23 PM

I feel sorry for the rats, nothing left in the dorito bag for then to eat.

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Samella August 05 2014 at 3:49 PM

OK, she is passed skinny and does nothing for the dress

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