Did Chanel employees commit a social faux pas?? Sounds like it. The newly slimmed down Gabourey Sidibe recently recounted a negative experience while shopping at the pricey retail store in an essay for Lena Duhaam’s Lenny Letter. The Empire star claims she was looking at items for herself and co-star Taraji P. Henson when the scandal went down.
When Gabby approached the case filled with sunglasses the employee immediately directed her to a store across the street.
“I had been at her display for less than a minute, and she was literally directing me to another store,” Sidibe wrote. “She had decided after a single look at me that I wasn’t there to spend any money. Even though I was carrying a Chanel bag, she decided I wasn’t a Chanel customer and so, not worth her time and energy.”
It wasn’t until other store employees noticed who Gabourey was that she says the clerk showed her some service and respect.
Gabourey admits that this isn’t the first time she’s been profiled while shopping at a high-end store. “No matter how dressed up I get, I’m never going to be able to dress up my skin color to look like what certain people perceive to be an actual customer,” she wrote. “Depending on the store, I either look like a thief or a waste of time.”
Luckily, Gabby had her Pretty Woman moment, and got her revenge by being famous and fabulous!
As a cherry on top, CHANEL has now issued a statement about the embarrassing incident:
“We took her words very seriously and immediately investigated to understand what happened. Knowing that this is absolutely not in line with the high standards that Chanel wishes to provide to our customers.”
Lupita Nyong’o Slams Magazine For Editing Out Her Kinks & Coils
When will these magazines learn…
Lupita Nyong’o just checked Grazia UK for brazenly altering her hair to remove any trace of kink, coil or wave. The magazine had invited the stunning actress to grace the cover of their November issue, but when the photo hit the ‘net there was one thing missing … Nyong’o’s natural ponytail.
In a lengthy IG post, Lupita let’s them have it, stating in part, “Being featured on the cover of a magazine fulfills me as it is an opportunity to show other dark, kinky-haired people, and particularly our children, that they are beautiful just the way they are. I am disappointed that @graziauk invited me to be on their cover and then edited out and smoothed my hair to fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like.”
Read the full post below:
As I have made clear so often in the past with every fiber of my being, I embrace my natural heritage and despite having grown up thinking light skin and straight, silky hair were the standards of beauty, I now know that my dark skin and kinky, coily hair are beautiful too. Being featured on the cover of a magazine fulfills me as it is an opportunity to show other dark, kinky-haired people, and particularly our children, that they are beautiful just the way they are. I am disappointed that @graziauk invited me to be on their cover and then edited out and smoothed my hair to fit their notion of what beautiful hair looks like. Had I been consulted, I would have explained that I cannot support or condone the omission of what is my native heritage with the intention that they appreciate that there is still a very long way to go to combat the unconscious prejudice against black women’s complexion, hair style and texture.
For their part, Grazia apologized, essentially blaming the photographer.
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