Sportswear designer Erin Andrews says she has ‘no problem’ with women wearing ‘disgusting’ clothing at events
Erin Andrews, a designer for eponymous sportsswear brand Eagle Sportswears, has said she is “absolutely” against women wearing “disgustingly ugly” clothing at sports events.
The fashion designer said she does not “believe in the freedom of women to wear whatever they want”.
“Women have to make themselves visible to men, and to be comfortable in that. “
I don’t think women should be able simply to dress however they want.” “
Women have to make themselves visible to men, and to be comfortable in that.
I don’t think women should be able simply to dress however they want.”
Ms Andrews was speaking to the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme on the future of fashion in the 21st century. “
And I think that if we want to make sure that women are treated with respect and are given a lot of freedom to express ourselves, we should be embracing that.”
Ms Andrews was speaking to the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme on the future of fashion in the 21st century.
She said she would have no problem with women in sport wearing “very dirty” clothing, but said it would be “absolutely disgusting” to see women “sneaking into sporting events wearing extremely ugly clothes”.
She added that “people should not wear ugly clothes because that would be really disgusting”.
The fashion industry is grappling with the issue, with some brands and retailers including H&M, J Crew, Abercrombie & Fitch, Ralph Lauren and JCPenney facing criticism for “disrespecting” women in their products.
A survey last year by the American Public Interest Research Group found that 76% of women surveyed said they had been offended by a fashion statement that appeared to depict women in a negative light.
The survey also found that nearly a third of women said that they had made a formal complaint about the fashion.
A spokesperson for H&m told the BBC: “H&M respects the human rights of all people and respects the diverse cultures of our customers, our associates and our staff.”
The spokesperson added: We recognise that, at times, we can be perceived as objectifying and demeaning women, particularly women of colour.
“As part of our commitment to diversity, we regularly develop new and creative ways to celebrate the diversity of our workforce and the many different types of people we serve.”
Mr Andrews also criticised the fashion industry for not doing more to tackle the issue.
He said: I don´t think there is an industry that is more aware of how to address the issue of sexism and racism in the fashion and footwear industry than the fashion designers themselves.
“It is an incredibly diverse industry and it is one where we have a number of issues that have come to the fore and where we need to take action.”
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