A fashion label by women, for women is making headlines this week — for all the wrong reasons.
Lilly Pulitzer is a fashion designer whose swirly, girly designs are worn by preppy sun-lovers all summer long in the US.
This week, an article published by New York Time’s The Cut provided a glimpse inside the label’s “Pink-and-Green Headquarters” in Philadelphia.
It was supposed to be a light-hearted look at life in the so-called “Pink Palace” of Lilly Pulitzer — but it ended up exposing much more than the pretty, eclectic office interiors.
Because when the article went live on Tuesday morning, readers pointed out a rather concerning detail in the accompanying photo slideshow: a series of fat-shaming cartoons pinned to a ‘mood board’ in the office.
“Put it down CARB FACE,” read one cartoon, alongside a photo of a woman with a rounded belly and a sad expression on her face.
“Just another day of…Fat, White, and Hideous. You should probably just kill yourself,” read another, alongside a caricature of an overweight woman.
According to Business Insider, the label has a reputation in the US “of being exclusive” and is often regarded as “a WASP wardrobe staple”.
Following the controversy, The Cut added to the photo’s caption that the cartoons were “the personal illustrations of an employee not pictured in this story”.
The slideshow also includes a photo of employees lining up at a table full of cupcakes, chips and cookies.