Remember how kids in middle school would doodle all over their sneakers in permanent marker? The designer version of those sneakers is surprisingly controversial, and it's not because of the thousand-dollar price tag.
It all started when Dolce & Gabbana designer Stefano Gabbana regrammed an illustration of his doodle-covered, Converse-esque Fall 2017 sneakers. Lo and behold: folks on social media were not amused by the inclusion of the whimsically printed phrase "thin and gorgeous." A commenter wrote: “You don't think it's a little unresponsible to push a message of "Thin and gorgeous"? I hope this will be followed by a message of inclusion of all bodies?” Another said: "You don't have to be thin to be gorgeous!"
Was Stefano chastened? Heck no. The designer went in, writing back to individual commenters with colorful words such as these: "darling you prefer to be fat and full of cholesterol ??? I think u have a problem" and "u think is better to be fat full of hamburger??? Stupid." (Side: Is "fat full of hamburger" the best phrase ever?)
Here's the original Insta:
Then, when blogs started to pick up the story, Stefano responded with a post that did not mince words. "When idiocy distorts reality," he wrote, tagging outlets such as Refinery29 and Footwear News. "Next time, we'll write LOVE TO BE FAT AND FULL OF CHOLESTEROL!"
Yikes! It's interesting to note that plus-size model Alessandra Garcia-Lorido walked in that same D&GFall 2017 show where the sneakers originated. But since Stefano is apparently on a juice cleanse right now, perhaps he needs a burger himself
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