Tuesday 14 July, 2020

Clothing store apologises after alleged plus-sized discrimination

Photo: Jebelle's clothing store at Westmall.

Photo: Jebelle's clothing store at Westmall.

Local clothing store Jebelle apologised to customers after a woman was allegedly told to ‘sew something’ when she asked an attendant for plus-sized options.

Blogger Nelly B shared the post via social media, offering alternative options after the anonymous poster recounted her experience at the store’s C3 branch.

To the manager of Jebelle C3 branch, you get 100 thumbs down for your ridiculous comment. Imagine I walk into the store and ask her if they have plus-sized clothes in white…her remark (was) “why don’t you sew something? It actually have white plus-sized clothes? (with a scornful look on her face).”

“I just turned around and walked out. So to all folks who consider yourself plus-sized, please avoid Jebelle’s at C3, I felt very unwelcomed and disgusted,” the woman said.


This is unacceptable! Was it really so hard for that person to say "no we don't carry plus size"?? The management and staff at Jebelle should be ashamed. But have no fear my plus size sisters, click the link bit.ly/nellybplussizeboutiquelist and check out a comprehensive list of local stores that cater to plus size solely or include plus sizes in their clothing options,” Nelly B said.

The company responded via a social media statement on Wednesday, apologising for the incident.

“We became aware of an incident which occurred at our C3 location. We are performing internal investigations on this issue.”

“Our goal is to ensure an enjoyable and respectful shopping environment for everyone. From the Management Team, we sincerely and humbly apologise for this unacceptable experience. To everyone who has messaged, we appreciate your efforts to bring this to our attention,” the company said.

Local Carnival band The Lost Tribe made waves earlier this year after sending Tribe’s first plus-sized model, Sonja Pollonais, onto the catwalk. Her presentation was met with wild cheers from the crowd.

Pollonais said judging by the response from the audience, Trinbagonians want to see more diversity and inclusivity in fashion and the arts.


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