So upset, that I may not use the $17 I have left on a gift card my mom gave me for Christmas two years ago.
That'd probably only buy me a sock anyways.
Here's my beef.
Hiring people based on looks isn't anything new or surprising, but when I saw an American Apparel employee taking photos of a girl who had just dropped off a resume, I was shocked.
The employee took close-up shots and she took full body shots, while I stood by trying to understand why dropping off a resume had turned into a model casting.
So I wasn't surprised when I read this article on Gawker.com, which talks about the company's "must look pale, be thin and have really really long hair" policy (I am only one of those things... pale).
American Apparel's high standards for a person's looks don't end once an employee is hired, though. The company's dress-code policy is just as ridiculous. Here are just a few of my favourite employee requirements taken from the company's dress-code manual:
No straightened hair allowed, it must look natural.
Hair colour must be complimentary to skin tone and regularly maintained (no regrowth).
No over-plucking of eyebrows.
No boots/Uggs/ballet flats/converse/vans/gladiators or flip flops.
Must shower daily.
Must have outstanding dental hygiene.
Consider wearing American Apparel scrunchies and bows.
Consider scrunchies... really?
Dress-code policies are in effect at just about every clothing store because employees must represent the image of the company, but American Apparel's 20-pages of "New Standards" seems silly and excessive to me.
NY Mag wrote an article comparing American Apparel's dress-code policies with other popular clothing companies. The authors, Ashlea Halpern and Amy Odell, don't think American Apparel's policies are a big deal:
"So American Apparel wants an au-naturel-looking staff, and it wants its managers to take pictures of potential AA reps. That's their prerogative, it's well-documented, and they're pretty forthright about it...End of story. Or non-story, as it were."
Are Halpern and Odell right? Am I overreacting to something that shouldn't even matter?
What do you guys think?
(Image from www.mediabistro.com)