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Mike Jeffries Would Be Too Ugly To Work At Abercrombie & Fitch

Mike Jeffries Too Ugly For Abercrombie & Fitch

Mike Jeffries is the CEO of Abercrombie Fitch, but it’s likely the controversial executive wouldn’t fit his own qualifications to work in one of his stores.

The clothing retailer has been accused of deliberately excluding plus-size women from wearing its clothes, as it does not offer womenswear in sizes above large. Then came a charge from Robin Lewis, a retail industry analyst and co-author of The New Rules of Retail, who said Abercrombie Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries “doesn’t want larger people shopping in his store, he wants thin and beautiful people.”
“Abercrombie is only interested in people with washboard stomachs who look like they’re about to jump on a surfboard,” Lewis said, noting that men’s clothes at the retailer still come in XL and XXL sizes.

Mike Jeffries admitted as such in 2006, telling Salon that the company only wants good-looking people working in their stores.

“That’s why we hire good-looking people in our stores,” Jeffries said. “Because good-looking people attract other good-looking people, and we want to market to cool, good-looking people. We don’t market to anyone other than that.”

Jeffries added: “In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids. Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.”

Mike Jeffries has been punished for the strategy in the past, settling a $40 million class-action lawsuit in 2004 alleging that stores had a nearly all-white staff. Now Jeffries is taking a beating in the court of public opinion.

Many commentators have noted that the 68-year-old Jeffries is too ugly to work in his own stores, with his face so full of plastic surgery that it looks permanently stuck in place.

On a thread on the image and link-sharing site Reddit titled “Mike Jeffries, CEO of Abercrombie and Fitch. Too ugly to work at his own stores.” one user noted that he looked like “a deformed Gary Busey.”

“You know it’s bad when you look worse than Gary Busey,” another replied.

Lewis noted that Abercrombie Fitch’s position amounts to: “Being overweight isn’t sexy and cool.”

According to the assessment of the internet, Mike Jeffries falls into that category.

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21 Responses to “Mike Jeffries Would Be Too Ugly To Work At Abercrombie & Fitch”

  1. Debbie Jones

    Hate to break the news asshole, but it's plus size moms that are spending their hard earned money on your overpriced crappy clothing. So if mom isn't welcome, neither is her credit card. Arrogant jerk.

  2. Lynda Hitchcock-Webber

    damn, to bad you can't shop in your own store……looks like you were cut with an ugly knife.

  3. Wes Lee

    This is a marketing strategy to get more ugly people to make him richer by depositing their cash in his stores to protest him.

  4. Iris Jasieniecki

    His face is a good example of why not to get plastic surgery, and just stick with what the good lord gave you at birth, regardless of how it ages. But he's thin so I guess in his mind, that's beautiful. Beauty still does come from within, regardless of the size on the outside. He needs a lesson in humility.

  5. Caila Ringland

    Yeah, I don't particularly find myself wanting to buy his crap clothing and beauty is subjective anyway.

  6. Dianalee Villarba Denis

    maybe he wants people to feel ugly enough to get plastic surgery and look like him. poor guy, he never understood what real beauty is.

  7. Mike Rubin

    I started a petition at change.org, asking the Abercrombie & Fitch board to remove its clown of a CEO, Michael Jeffries, for insulting the demographic that he has every right not to serve. I need your help to get it to 100 signers, so that change.org will release it for delivery to the A&F Board. I presently am at 67 signers.

    Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here's the link:

    http://www.change.org/petitions/board-of-directors-of-abercrombie-fitch-terminate-the-employment-of-ceo-michael-jeffries

    And, let me make clear that I don't have any grievance with A&F deciding which products it will sell. I resent the expression of the exclusion. The correct answer to the question Mr. Jeffries was asked is, "No, we won't enter that market because it's not one in which we are expert. I think we will leave that market to those who know better and continue to focus on doing what we do best." That's the responsible way of addressing the question. Instead, we get the added value judgment that those who are excluded are not worthy of living, let alone A&F clothing. It's as though the CEO of BMW had said, "We don't build cars for the freeloading 47%." Well, they don't build cars that poor people can afford, but they aren't out there blaming poor people for their predicament and denigrating them as well.

    In short, my objection is to the message and the way it was delivered, not to the decision not to be all things to all people.” If I were on that board, I'd have this CEO's head.

    If you believe in this message, please sign the petition and re-post. In any event, thank you for your consideration.

  8. Susan DjRenee Boudreaux

    Yeah buddy, he is ugly as hell. I've seen a better face on a Wild Monkey. Look like he got the hell beat out of him with a Ugly Stick. Doesn't he remind you of the BEAST that used to be on that TV show back in the 80s?

  9. Melissa Rozetar

    He is even uglier on the inside than he is outside and that is saying A LOT!!! Clearly he was never more than a wannabe "cool kid". You didn't fit in then, you don't know, never will! Pompous waste of oxygen!