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Sherene Marie Zarrabi put her heart and soul into her job at a local boutique in Stillwater, Oklahoma. She even helped the company out by modeling some of their clothes for their social media pages. So she never expected to receive body-shaming in return.
Zarrabi's boss, Jessica Issler, forwarded an email to her that criticized her modeling photos. In the email, she was asking the manager to take the photos down of anyone that didn't fit her criteria of what a model's body should look like.
She wrote, "I want size small, the stereotypical 'model' type to model our clothes. Please use our pictures of our models if Stillwater store can't find someone who would be considered 'model material.'"
Then, Zarrabi's photos were taken down.
In response, Zarrabi took to Facebook to decry the message about body image the store was sending, and also announce her decision to quit.
"I do not want to respresent or support a business that has such archaic values and beliefs," she wrote. "THIS is the reason young girls have body image issues."
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...Posted by Sherene Marie Zarrabi on Monday, February 1, 2016
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...
Soon after Zarrabi received an outpouring of support from her community, Issler eventually apologized to her. But Zarrabi stood firm in her decision to separate herself from her former job.
"I am proud of myself for quitting," she said. "What I really want is for young girls, like my sister, to know that you don't have to be a certain size to be beautiful."
You tell them girl!
Posted by Sherene Marie Zarrabi on Saturday, January 23, 2016