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Lululemon Founder Blames Product Performance on Plus-Size Women’s Thighs

Posted by on November 12, 2013

While size discrimination amongst mainstream retailers certainly isn’t new, it always takes me by surprise whenever a company comes out as specifically and definitely against plus-size women.

I feel like I should know better by this point, since we’re living in a post Mike Jeffries world, where fat customers are automatically categorized as uncool and undesirable, and yet when I saw the Bloomberg TV interview in which Lululemon founder Chip Wilson blamed women’s meaty thighs for ruining his fancy yoga pants, my jaw actually dropped.

Here's a screenshot of Lululemon founders Chip and Sharon Wilson during their disastrous Bloomberg TV Interview. Credit: Bloomberg TV

Here’s a screenshot of Lululemon founders Chip and Sharon Wilson during their disastrous Bloomberg TV Interview. Credit: Bloomberg TV

“Frankly, some women’s bodies just don’t actually work for it,” were Wilson’s exact words. “It’s really about the rubbing through the thighs, how much pressure is there over a period of time, how much they use it.”

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