Quintanilla-Pérez was killed at just 23 years old in 1995. Her death rocked the entire music industry and left her family, friends, and fans mourning the loss. Over the past 24 years, her name has only grown with fans religiously keeping her legacy alive and thriving. They literally throw dollars at any paraphernalia released in dedication to her. Quintanilla-Pérez fans also successfully petitioned MAC Cosmetics to launch a full collection dedicated to the singer in 2016.
Forever 21 seemed like the perfect retailer to drop a fashion collection for fans to wear. The affordable fast-fashion chain has menswear, straight sizes, and a plus-size department just perfect for peppering with all the Selena Quintanilla-Pérez clothing fans can handle. There's just one VERY glaring issue with this collection that fans are calling out in droves.
Forever 21 clearly aimed to go extra hard to make The White Rose collection a successful celebration. There's just one problem...
The brand severely and annoyingly underserved plus-size people with this launch. How severely? Let's start with the fact that most of the straight-size options stop at a large size option. And that's literally just the start.
Of the 94 items in The White Rose collection on the Forever 21 website, only six plus-size pieces are offered.
Yes, six pieces out of the 94 designs in The White Rose collection are for plus sizes. The curvy offerings include three long Plus Size Selena Graphic Tees ($20, Forever 21), Plus Size Destroyed Slit-Hem Jeans ($38, Forever 21), a Plus Size Fringe Lace Jumpsuit ($40, Forever 21), and a Plus Size Acid Wash Denim Jean Jacket ($35, Forever 21).
We also need to break down a few more details about these six pieces. Prepare your hearts for the disappointment.
Several items in the plus-size portion of The White Rose collection are not even available yet; they're "coming soon."
Specifically, two of the graphic T-shirts are labeled as "coming soon." This means that technically, there are only four plus-size designs available in the initial launch of The White Rose collection.
Three of the six plus-size items are "web exclusive," including the jeans!
Jeans are probably the hardest clothes to shop for no matter what your size is because of the notorious size guide inconsistencies at most retailers. If there is one thing you do not need to make a "web-exclusive" item in a plus-size collection, it's likely jeans. This is especially true since Forever 21 actually has numerous physical locations, some of which do have a plus-size section.
Why couldn't the retailer just make the jeans available in stores so that people who want them can try them on to get the fit they feel most comfortable in?
Meanwhile, straight sizes have several crop tops to choose from in The White Rose collection.
It appears that Forever 21 assumes plus-size people do not like crop tops. At best, it appears that Forever 21 is contributing to the style standards that say crop tops are not for people with extra curves. Either way, this is really unfortunate.
The only plus-size item Forever 21 provided that looks even remotely sultry or sexy is this lace.
Because the rest of the plus-size offerings in The White Rose collection are either not yet available, available online-only, or modest in design — it honestly appears like Forever 21 threw this sexy fringe jumpsuit in to cover its bases.
But the bases remain uncovered. What if Forever 21's plus-size shoppers do not like this jumpsuit? What if they don't like jumpsuits? Or aren't that into fringe? Why is this design the only sexy, going-out look in a collection of SIX?
Some shoppers are refusing to give Forever 21 their coins anymore.
"This always happens," one fan shared. "They never release these collections to plus size. They throw ugly [redacted] dark colors because they think that’s what we want. I won’t buy from Forever anymore unless they get their act together."
One fan expressed her grievance with Selena's sister, Suzette, directly.
"I'm so happy that you have more of Selena clothes out but very upset at the same time because it's very unfair that you guys go all the way to make new things but NEVER plus size," the fan shared.
"Like come on y'all should know we come in all different shapes & sizes how do you think we feel to see everyone else enjoying her clothes [and] goodies but yet we have to be in the background because we can't buy it if y'all don't make plus-size. So upsetting I swear. Please, @Suzettesyld make plus size [and] remember SELENA always said she wants EVERYONE singing her music and wearing HER clothes and we can't if there's no plus size."
Do note that Selena's OWN SISTER identifies herself as a plus-size woman.
By the way, that hoodie Suzette wore on Instagram from The White Rose collection is one of the few menswear offerings, not from the straight or plus-size designs.
How does a retailer create a collection dedicated to a late music icon, invite the singer's sibling to the meet-and-greet/launch event, and overlook the fact that plus-size shoppers (who the sibling identifies with) are underserved?
Make it make sense, Forever 21.