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Rather than apologize, Gabbana recorded a series of mocking workout videos. He captioned this one, "fat and full of cholesterol." 

And as of April 2018, this video is STILL up. I guess he has no regrets. 

In 2015, the designers faced tons of criticism from the LGBTQ+ community after telling Panorama Magazine they "oppose gay adoption" and criticized IVF pregnancies, according to The Hollywood Reporter. 

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What's odd is that the designers themselves are gay, but made these comments that are damaging to the LGBTQ+ community. Even Elton John clapped back on Instagram, stating in part of his caption, "Your archaic thinking is out of step with the times, just like your fashions. I shall never wear Dolce and Gabbana ever again. #BoycottDolceGabbana."

Domenico Dolce eventually apologized, telling Vogue, "I’ve done some soul-searching...I’ve realized that my words were inappropriate, and I apologize." 

Gabbana also posted an apology on Instagram, saying, "We firmly believe in democracy and the fundamental principle of freedom of expression that upholds it. We talked about our way of seeking reality, but it was never our intention to judge other people's choices. We do believe in freedom and love."

That doesn't mean the designers haven't said other questionable things, including a racist comment about who would design their brand in the future. In 2018, Dolce told Corriere della Sera, "Once we’re dead, we’re dead. I don’t want a Japanese designer to start designing Dolce & Gabbana," according to The Telegraph.

But there's more: When the brand was criticized for dressing Melania Trump, it created #BoycottDolce&Gabbana T-shirts. 

In fact, as Revelist originally reported, in 2017, musical artist Raury protested at the end of the Dolce & Gabbana runway in response to the brand's politics.

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photo: Jacopo Raule/Getty

"Me, as a young man from Stone Mountain, Georgia, the birthplace of the Klu Klux Klan, I really felt this mockery of boycotting," Raury said to GQ. "Dolce’s entire campaign says it’s not real. I know that if I walk out there and support or endorse anything that sits next to Trump...then that means that I support Trump also. I don’t support Trump." 

So with that history of fat shaming and supporting anti-Muslim politicians, its latest fashion show casting seems to lack sincerity. 

I really, REALLY wish I could believe that by casting models such as body-positive activist Ashley Graham, Muslim model Halima Aden, and Naomi Campbell, the brand is finally trying to make a change. But by keeping fat-shaming posts up and refusing to understand the issue with dressing public figures who want to take away the rights of the models they promote, the brand has proven to me it's not really changing.

It's exciting that Ashley Graham made it onto a European designer's runway, but I can't help but feel disappointed that it was this one. In the future, I hope that models will use their platform to break barriers, rather than endorse designers who fight against the progress they advocate for.

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