Looks like Victoria's Secret doesn't just keep plus-size women from the runway — it allegedly keeps them from working in the stores, too.
A former manager from Maine claims Victoria's Secret fired her because of her weight.
Kelly Merchant, a former manager at a Victoria's Secret outpost in Maine, alleged that she didn't fit into the company's high body image standards because she is 50 and plus-size.
She alleged in her official complaint that the company hires "based on a body image of young, very attractive and slim women, a concept known within [Victoria’s Secret] as [the] ‘brand/company image,’” and that she doesn't fit into that image because of her weight and age.
The brand is already in hot water for its bullshit stance on size-inclusivity.
The brand didn't feature a single curve or plus-size model on the runway this year (again), and it also doesn't carry any plus-size lingerie or bras that go above a DDD.
It looks like Victoria's Secret's lack of inclusivity is starting to hit the brand where it hurts, too. According to the Hollywood Reporter, ratings for the last show were down 30% from last year, and the viewership for the show was at an all-time low. To put that into perspective, more people watched a rerun of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," which aired at the same time as the fashion show.