Lululemon Owner Says Women’s Big Thighs Are To Blame For His Company’s Faulty Pants

The company’s founder would like you to know: It’s not the pants’ fault. It’s your thighs.


If you are one of the women who spent $98 on a pair of Lululemon pants and found them to be faulty, the company’s founder would like you to know: It’s not the pants’ fault. It’s your thighs.

“Frankly some women’s bodies just don’t actually work for it,” founder and former designer Chip Wilson said in an interview with Bloomberg TV. One design of Lululemon yoga pants was recalled for being too see-through last May. And while Wilson admitted that he knows there was a serious flaw with the sheerness of their pants, he said new complaints over pants pilling just shows that “they don’t work for some women’s bodies”:

Even our small sizes would fit an extra large. It’s really about the rubbing through the thighs, how much pressure is there over a period of time, how they much they use it.

Bloomberg’s host then commented, “interesting, not every woman can wear a Lululemon yoga pant.” To which Wilson responded, “no I think they can, it’s just how you use it.”

Placing blame on women’s bodies, as opposed to manufacturing issues, isn’t very logical. Women’s legs naturally touch. In fact, there’s growing concern among eating disorder specialists over a fad trend of trying to achieve a “thigh gap” — having thighs that don’t meet even when one’s feet are touching. That’s physically impossible for most people, but has nonetheless become a goal for young women putting pressure on themselves to look a certain way.

(HT: Business Insider)

Annie-Rose Strasser is a Deputy Managing Editor at Think Progress.

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