Revolve Clothing Model Incites Weight Debate Firestorm
While we clearly love calling out a good Photoshop Disaster, the most recent submission to our Tips box is anything but. A model on RevolveClothing.com has found herself the subject of some serious scrutiny in the comments section — and not because of concerns over post-production editing, but, perhaps more sadly, because of her health.
There are almost twenty reviews on BCBG’s leather and mesh drape dress — none of which have anything to do with the dress. Instead, they are focused almost entirely on the model’s body and they range from the unfortunately derogatory (“Gross!”) to the genuinely concerned.
I’m not going to join in with the “ews” or the “disgustings!” or the “feed her!” comments, but as someone who has dealt with her own body image issues in the past (like many women have), this makes me feel incredibly uncomfortable.
The model in question appears to be Allie Crandell, who is perhaps most well-known for her somewhat single season tenure on The City — Whitney Port’s New York- and fashion-based spinoff of The Hills. Worse yet, Allie’s storyline on the docu-drama featured an anorexia-focused showdown between her and the queen of PR and tough love, Kelly Cutrone. Crandell eventually left the show, telling New York Magazine she wanted to focus on “herself… and [her] career.”
Crandell is certainly slim — and slimmer than what most would consider naturally possible, though let’s not forget Ann of ANTM fame — but it’s somewhat fascinating to see what a nerve her image has struck with the customers of the site, and what it is about that image in particular that really got people going. (Crandell appears on at least nine different BCBG pages, none of which have any comments along the same lines.)
Revolve left the following comment responding to the furor:
REVOLVE Team, Los Angeles, CA (Straight/Short)
Hi everyone,Thank you for your concern. We are absolutely aware ofthe feedback and responses to our model’s weight and it has concerned us as well. We are working closely with both the model and her agent to get her to a healthier size. She won’t be appearing in any of our new product batches or in any of our fashion editorial photos moving forward until the issue is adequately addressed.We appreciate and respect input from our customers and visitors and hope that you find our responses satisfying. We have been attempting to respect the privacy of the model in question while dealing with the issue on our end. We hope you understand.Sincerely,The REVOLVE Team
For our part, we wish Allie — if that’s her — the best and do hope that she’s healthy. But perhaps the biggest takeaway from all this is the support a model like her could be receiving — if only the industry cared a little more.