Tom Ford and his Fat Phobia

I didn’t know if I should even write about this. I’m unsure about even mentioning his name, because I don’t want to give him any more publicity. But, I just wanted to give you ladies another and perfect example of size discrimination in the fashion industry (like you needed more).

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We all know who Tom Ford is right? He’s an American designer for brands like Gucci and YSL. In fact, I loved what he did for Gucci. But, once again a big time fashion designer has showed their true colors.

I will always admit, that every person has a right to their opinion. And he can say and believe in anything he wants…anything. But, that doesn’t mean I have to agree and like everything that comes out of his mouth.

The other day I was on Twitter and @StyleHasNOSize tweeted something regarding Tom Ford. She sent me the link and that’s when I lost ALL and any respect I had for this very talented designer.

In an excerpt from an article titled Tom Ford Calls Americans and Londoners ‘Too Fat’  by The Hollywood Reporter, Ford tells us how he really feels.

When asked by Time Out Hong Kong whether his new spring summer collection would fit everybody, he responded, “If we have to talk about things like this, Americans are too fat. And in London they are starting to get fat too. So I have to say that if we have to talk about race system and nationalism, I find it refreshing that everyone Chinese is slim.”

Isn’t it just plain sad? Why do so many of these designers have Fat Phobia? I want to know what you think.

Are you surprised?
Do you have a problem with what he said?
Are you offended?
Do you not care?
Do you think this will be the last fat phobic comment we’ll hear from a top fashion designer?


    honestly, im not surprised. that's just how they are.

  • Janelle

    Not surprised at all!!! It will always be a them versus us struggle in the fashion community. I think some designers are starting to realize how much money the plus size community spends and they are jumping on the bandwagon. Mr. Ford will be eating his words soon…

  • Jamie Sanford

    UGH. I would love him so much, but then he ruins it.

  • Chic in Every City

    I am surprised because it seemed as though Ford went out of his way include a larger range of body types, ethnicities and ages in his show…

    Moreover, First Lady Michelle Obama often sports his designs – and she is probably 5'10" and size 10…

    That said, his comment is offensive and it saddens me to know that his talent will always be stunted by his prejudice.

  • gen321

    I am not surprised. Like you, I loved what Tom Ford did for Gucci. I couldn't wear it, but it was inspirational. I don't know if I am offended or just slightly annoyed by his statement. I agree with Janelle, money is the motivation and he will have to eat his words. *shrug*

  • safire

    Whether he likes it or not, stick-thin is not the norm anymore.

  • Cynthia

    Really…he could have just said at this time the line is focused on sizes blah to blah, instead of going out his way to offend the average size and "fluff" size consumer.

  • Cathy Benavides

    It is disheartening to sad the least. Tom Ford is a designer that I admire very much, and to hear this from him just breaks my heart. I guess I won't hold my breath for a plus size line from him.

  • SRS

    thanks for posting this. i think the fact is, he didn't answer the question. if the question was about obesity in america, his answer might be correct. but the question wasn't about obesity or health, it was about if his new line would fit EVERYONE, no matter what their size. obviously, his hatred of people who aren't a size 4 is evident. i believe that because of bloggers like you, weight prejudice will eventually come to an end in fashion. maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but someday. thanks so much for posting this sadly truthful look at the fashion industry.

    sarah rose

  • If Curves Could Talk (Stefanie)

    Not surprised AT ALL but it makes me sick!

  • Anonymous

    Im Chinese, and Im fat. God, people need to get over it.

  • Beautifully Invisible

    I think that the comment was taken out of context and was given during a VERY uncomfortable interview he had with the Time Out Hong Kong Reporter that was clearly trying to force controversy.

    The first part of his comment DOES have to do with obesity in those countries. And you know what? What he says is true. Plain and simple.

    If you read the whole interview, he goes on to discuss how the line works for Asian bodies, which makes sense because the interview was meant for an Asian audience – thanks to the internet its reach is wider, of course. He also frankly discusses fit problems with the first collection.

    The commentor above that said that he hates people who aren't a size 4 is completely incorrect – many of his models are NOT a size 4, and his collection certainly goes beyond that in size. Yet admittedly Ford, like 99% of other high-end designers, does cater to the size 10 and below crowd.

    That isn't a prejudice that Ford has – that is an issue with high-end fashion in general.

  • Psycho Sue- Sew Misunderstood

    i make my own clothes now. he can kiss my FAT you know what!!! He's not getting MY MONEY!!!!!!

  • Mode Plus

    I read his comment on several blogs already and basically I do not let this bother me. People will have their opinion, will say things that we might not agree on. The power of influence I have, is my reaction. And I stopped letting the outside world define me as a size. I am a woman, with curves (fat for many others, ok) with great love for me. I embrace my unique self and I encourage every woman to do the same. The fashion industry may not be ready to deal with that, but hey that doesn't stop me to still do fashion my way. If one day designer clothing goes up in their sizing, I will be the first one to applaud that initiative. Till then I stay true to my own personal journey.

  • Moe

    I'm not surprised. I just wish they would grow up and smell the coffee. If everyone is getting fatter you would think they'd not try to piss us off — being the future bread and butter and all.

    Hey, two cliches in one comment. Bravo me!