Saturday, April 25, 2015
Abercrombie admits hiring based on physical attractiveness
In I.T. workers don’t have to worry about physical presence or attractiveness. In fact, in earlier days of my career I noticed how aggressive sales people could look pretty homely and ordinary. Conformity to convention in business dress could be a convenient cover for “deficiency” anywhere else – in the old “Dress for Success” (John T, Nolloy's notorious book from the 70s) world, you wanted to look middle-aged anyway.
So I had to chuckle at a Washington Post story Saturday, by Jena McGregor, reporting that Abercrombie and Fitch will stop hiring workers based on “body type or physical attractiveness”, link here. The print and especially online versions of the Post story offered shirtless frontals of young men with sharp abs and zero chest hairs (“thmooth”). It looked artificial, not natural.
Abercrombie is making the changes voluntarily, out of need for better revenue.