I can only hope when faced with an uncomfortable situation, I can respond with the strength and conviction that Sherene Zarrabi did.
The Oklahoma State University student was forwarded a pretty insulting email from her boss. It reminds me a lot of the Dillard’s employee who told a girl she would only look good in one of their dresses if she wore SPANX. It seems people are often more concerned with how others look rather than being a more compassionate human being.
Sherene works at a clothing store called Danity Hooligan. Besides working in the store, she also helps run its Instagram account.
To show customers what items the store had, she would take photos of herself modeling a few of them. As you’ll see in the photos below, Sherene looks great! However, her boss did not think so. The student was forwarded a very upsetting email that was highly critical of her appearance and of the fact that she doesn’t look like a stereotypical model. See Sherene’s amazing response below…
Sherene Zarrabi is an Oklahoma State University student. Sherene worked at a clothing store called Danity Hooligan. A lover of fashion, she would post images of herself wearing the Danity Hooligan’s clothing on the store’s Instagram. When her boss saw the photos, she sent Sherene an email that is now going viral.
The email says:
“Something I want to make sure you keep in mind: I want size small, the stereotypical ‘model’ type to model our clothes. Please use our pictures of our models if Stillwater can’t find someone who would be considered ‘model material.’ This is not to put anyone down but to communicate the expectations of presenting our brand.
Don’t take it personal. All I ask is for really good representation. In exchange for the freedom, I ask you to take down all pictures of anyone that doesn’t fit the criteria.”
Needless to say, Sherene wasn’t going to feel bullied for not being a stereotypical model.
“This is an email I was forwarded earlier. I just want to start by saying this: I am fully comfortable with who I am and the way I look. I have recently been attacked and discriminated against by the owner of Dainty Hooligan,” she wrote on Facebook. “She went on our store’s Instagram and deleted all of the pictures where I was modeling the clothing and then sent this email to my manager.”
“I do not want to respresent or support a business that has such archaic values and beliefs. THIS is the reason young girls have body image issues. This is disgusting. I quit immediately and I suggest that my friends and family do not support Dainty Hooligan. Love yourself, no matter what you look like,” she said.
Maybe you think Danity Hooligan had the right to present their brand the way they want. But that’s not what’s important here. What’s important is that Sherene listened to her values, her truth, and her ideas of what true beauty is. Instead of taking the paycheck, she stood up for what she believed and left. That is what real beauty is: courage.
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