Model Filippa Hamilton, who is 5’10″ and weighs 120 pounds, told “Today” on NBC that, although her size been consistent since she started working for the company eight years ago, they fired her recently because she “couldn’t fit in their clothes anymore.”
When all of this originally happened back in April, Hamilton, 23, said she had no intention of going public with the story. However, when a digitally altered photo appeared of Hamilton looking dangerously emaciated, she felt she could sit silently no longer.
“Every young woman is going to look at [the photo] and think that it is normal to look like that,” Hamilton said. “It’s not. I saw my face on this super-extremely skinny girl, which is not me. It makes me sad. It makes me think that Ralph Lauren wants to have this kind of image. It’s an American brand … and it’s not healthy, and it’s not right.”
On Tuesday, the company responded, saying that the controversially altered picture “was mistakenly released and used in a department store in Japan and was not the approved image which ran in the U.S. We take full responsibility. This error has absolutely no connection to our relationship with Filippa Hamilton.”
They maintain that Hamilton was let go “as a result of her inability to meet the obligations under her contract with us.”
Hamilton said in response: “I think they owe American women an apology, a big apology; I’m very proud of what I look like, and I think a role model should look healthy.”