Did Ralph Lauren Fire a 5’10, 120lb Model For Being Too Fat?

Hot on the heels of Karl Lagerfeld’s comments, model Filippa Hamilton-Palmstierna came out yesterday on the Today show and stated that she believes  she was fired from Ralph Lauren for being too fat.  The 5’10, 120lb size 4 model said that her agent received a letter that she says read, “We’re terminating your services because you don’t fit into the sample clothes that you need to wear.”

In what appears to be a confirmation that Ralph Lauren thought she was too large, this grotesquely photoshopped Ralph Lauren ad shows Filippa with a waist that is even smaller than her head.

rl skinny

Ralph Lauren shot back with this statement:

For over 42 years we have built a brand based on quality, integrity and a wholesome American lifestyle. Filippa Hamilton is a beautiful and healthy woman that we have worked closely with for over 6 years and we consider her an important part of our imaging and branding. We regret that our relationship has ended as a result of her inability to meet the obligations under her contract with us. The image in question was mistakenly released and used in a department store in Japan and was not the approved image which ran in the U.S. We take full responsibility for allowing this image to run as this is completely inconsistent with our creative standards and brand values. This error has absolutely no connection to our relationship with Filippa Hamilton.

Polo Ralph Lauren 

Source: msnbc.com

I’m not sure that this statement helps their case.  The regret that she is unable to “meet the obligations under her contract…” seems to confirm Filppa’s accusation.

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Size 4 model: I was fired for being too fat [msnbc.com]

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One response to “Did Ralph Lauren Fire a 5’10, 120lb Model For Being Too Fat?

  1. It is just ridiculous that this model got fired for “being fat”. As far as I have read, she has had the same height, weight and clothing size since she started working for Polo RL. And if Ralph Lauren wants to send us the message that a size 4 on a 5’10” woman is too “fat”, then it is not a brand that I care to wear…at any size.

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