Hi all- I haven’t been active on tumblr lately but I feel the need to take to this social media platform to express my views on the infamous, notorious company Lululemon Athletica.
First of all- I am a 21 year old, size 2, 120 pound female. I am also a fitness instructor teaching barre and Zumba®- usually between 10 and 13 classes per week. Given this description, I am pretty much Lululemon’s ideal customer. I am the traditional version of “fit,” I am young, and I do spend quite a but of money on athletic wear, as I wear it every single day. Furthermore, my many students (over 300) always seek my advice for the best clothes to buy for class.
And I have never owned, and will never own, a Lululemon item. Why? It originally wasn’t because of the horrible and unfair comments by higher ups in the company. Before many of these egregious statements were highly publicized, I did venture into a Lululemon store to try on a pair of these pants I had heard so much about.
And I hated them. Why? They were totally see-through. (And before you ask, this was months, maybe even a year before their big recall of the pants.) Now, any smart fitness instructor will do the “bend over test” in the dressing room, which is exactly what it sounds like: back side facing the mirror, bend over as far as you possibly can, and test if you can see your butt through the pants in the mirror. (It sounds crazy, but this is very important for someone in my job, as my students are literally forced to look at my backside for the hour that they take my class.) & there, through the pair of $92.00 “Wunder Unders” (which I tried on in 2 sizes to be sure it was the right fit) was a faint black outline of my thong. Now, it wasn’t as horrible as last spring when Lululemon had to recall for being ultra-sheer, but they were still, undoubtedly, see-through. Absolutely not usable for me. I walked out of the store empty-handed, and not too upset about it.
Since then, Lululemon has been in the media receiving mostly negative attention including a recall for see-through pants, making insensitive comments about a charity that raises money for battered women, being accused of hiding their largest sizes (only up to a 12, may I add) in the back of the store, among many other issues.
This is all, obviously, totally outrageous and unacceptable. And now, the Founder of Lululemon, Chip Wilson, is saying that some women are just too fat to wear their pants.
This is my biggest problem with Lululemon. As a fitness instructor, I want absolutely everyone, (everyone: of all shapes, sizes, and levels of fitness ability) to feel absolutely welcome and successful in my class. Lululemon’s attitude towards women above a certain (tiny) size has absolutely no place in the fitness industry, which is about making everyone feel happy, healthy, and good about themselves.
I would also like to say to Lululemon, that I am a size 2, with 20% body fat. I work out 3 times per day, and yes, my thighs touch when I walk. Most in the fitness industry will tell you that this coveted “thigh gap” has more to do with placement of the hip bones than it does body fat, and when girls develop into women, it is typical for this gap to close. But, if Lululemon wants to be known for promoting unrealistic expectations of women’s bodies…to encourage women to strive for the bodies of little girls…to value thinness over fitness…that’s up to them. There is nothing I can do about it. I will simply recommend that my (over 300) students spend their money elsewhere, at places that to my knowledge, celebrate women’s bodies and welcome everyone into their stores.
Ladies with thigh gaps- you are awesome. Ladies without thigh gaps- you are also awesome. Please, please, please be smart enough, confident enough, and educated enough to know that the thigh gap doesn’t make the woman, & everyone can rock yogas.
Announcing my temporary return to tumblr
Summer is boring.