Kirstie Alley Slams Abercrombie & Fitch for Shunning Plus-Size Women

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Thursday, 16 May 2013 09:59 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Kirstie Alley is the latest person to slam Abercrombie & Fitch for failing to carry anything above a women's size 10 and CEO Mike Jeffries for saying only "thin and beautiful" people can wear his clothes.

Alley, who has publically struggled with her weight, bashed Jeffries Tuesday on Entertainment Tonight for comments he made in a 2006 profile about how his brand is only for "attractive" people.

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"He says Abercrombie clothes are for people that are cool and who look a certain way and are beautiful and who are thin and blah, blah, blah. He goes on and on and on," Alley said. "That would make me never buy anything from Abercrombie even if I was cool and thin. I got two kids in that [age] bracket that will never walk in those doors because of his view of people."

Jeffries responded in a statement released to ET and apologized for his words that he claims were "taken out of context."

"We are completely opposed to any discrimination, bullying, derogatory characterizations, or other anti-social behavior based on race, gender, body type, or other individual characteristics," the statement read.

Abercrombie & Fitch has been under fire since last week when Business Insider critiqued the clothing store's lack of plus sizes.

"Teen retailer Abercrombie & Fitch doesn't stock XL or XXL sizes in women's clothing because they don't want overweight women wearing their brand," Ashley Lutz wrote for Business Insider.

Now, a Los Angeles filmmaker is starting a campaign to redefine the Abercrombie brand by distributing its clothes to the homeless.

"Abercrombie & Fitch is a terrible company," filmmaker Greg Karber says in a YouTube video promoting his #FitchTheHomeless movement. "When clothing is damaged, instead of donating it to the poor or unfortunate, they burn them. Together, we can make Abercrombie & Fitch the world's No. 1 brand of homeless apparel."

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Business experts say the lack of 10+ sizes could potentially affect Abercrombie's business because 67 percent of consumers are plus-size shoppers and the average size of a woman in the U.S. is a 14.

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