Formichetti begins by saying, “I would just tell people the truth, and I’d get fired” and admitting his troubles with, “the whole politics thing.” But it it doesn’t end there.
In regards to his time at Dazed & Confused, he shares:
“I was only used to dressing models and skinny kids, and I turned up and it was, like, three fat guys. I just left. That was the last time I tried to work with fat people. I think one of them was Ali G’s brother. It was so ghetto.”
We’re strong believers that fashion should be for everyone — not just for the model-skinny. Sure, the vast majority of magazine covers feature size 0’s, but improvements are being made. This statement is a step — a leap — in the wrong direction.
His use of “ghetto” is similarly offensive. Whether or not he’s adept at “the whole politics thing,” his insensitivity is jarring and unsettling. It concerns us that someone capable of being this disrespectful holds so much authority in the fashion industry.
We can’t help but think that Lady Gaga will be less than pleased about this interview. As one of the most socially liberal and inclusive icons of all time, the Lady has worked diligently toward preventing bullying and encouraging her fans to embrace their differences. She is perhaps the most fan-driven artist in a decade, and has developed an intimate, trusting relationship with her little monsters. Yet one of her closest colleagues publicly admits to belittling people who don’t fit into a sample size?
And Ali G‘s brother? Really? We think he means Sacha Baron Cohen‘s brother, Erran Baron Cohen, a member of the band ZOHAR.
Somewhere in the Haus of Gaga, Formichetti has just finished the first draft of a public apology.