Taking to Instagram, the ‘Girls’ creator says that she cannot ‘support this collaboration or lend my name to it in any way.’
Clothing company Revolve recently caused a social media outrage after it advertised a new sweatshirt featuring the words, “Being fat is not beautiful, it’s an excuse.” Lena Dunham, who is collaborating with the fashion brand for the sweatshirt, was so disappointed because she wasn’t let known about the shirt. Thus, she decided to quit her partnership.
Taking to Instagram, she wrote a long explanation in response to the incident, saying that she and her friend Pia Arroblo had been working on the sweatshirt for sometime. According to the “Girls” creator, the sweatshirts were meant to “highlight quotes from prominent women who have experienced internet trolling & abuse.”
“This is a cause very close to my heart and the proceeds were meant to benefit charities that help young women by empowering them to express themselves through writing and art,” Lena continued, before claiming that Revolve presented the sweatshirts on thin white women “without consulting me or any of the women involved.”
Accusing the company of not thinking the impact that it caused due to the sweatshirts, Lena said that she could not “support this collaboration or lend my name to it in any way.” She added, “I am deeply disappointed in @revolve’s handling of a sensitive topic and a collaboration rooted in reclaiming the words of internet trolls to celebrate the beauty in diversity and bodies experiences that aren’t the industry norm.”
Lena concluded her lengthy post by saying that she would be “making a donation to the charity of every woman’s choice who was wronged with me and I hope that @revolve will join me with a contribution of their own.”
Revolve itself has already issued an apology after the backlash that the company received. Apologizing to their collaboratiors Lena, Emily Ratajkowski, Cara Delevingne, Suki Waterhouse and Paloma Elsesser as well as their customers, the company noted that the collection had been pulled. “We are proud to donate $20,000 to ‘Girls Write Now’ in the hopes that those who need it can still benefit from what was to be a meaningful, insightful and impactful collaboration by LPA,” the company stated.