Philipp Plein has landed himself in hot water on social media after fat-shaming a journalist who criticised his New York Fashion Week show.
Fashionista writer Alexandra Mondalek wrote a scathing review of the German designer’s presentation, slamming not only the “soulless and cheap aesthetic” of the clothes, but also the shambolic nature of the show itself, during which only two-thirds of the invited guests were able to sit down for the promised black tie dinner, while the rest were bundled onto a balcony bar.
Clearly taking offence at her comments, Plein uploaded a series of now-deleted Instagram posts which appeared to poke fun at Mondalek’s weight. Next to an old photo of the writer, when she was heavier than her current slim figure, he added an image of a fat cartoon and wrote: “Next time I make sure that you will get enough food! I promise……”
In another post, Plein mocked Mondalek with a picture of SpongeBob SquarePants’ character Patrick shovelling burgers down and told his 1.6 million followers: “I like it when journalists are objective and trustworthy.”
Mondalek hit back on her own social media channels, and also wrote a piece for InStyle America on the incident.
“I have no delusions about who I am in the fashion world – I am not an influencer with hundreds of thousands of followers, or an editor-in-chief who deserved a front-row seat,” she stated to InStyle. “I am not an industry-revered critic like Robin Givhan (who herself didn’t attend the Plein show.) I am a writer and reporter who did her job with integrity and professionalism, and expected to be treated the same.”
She added that she welcomes criticism “harsh or otherwise” of her own work, but doesn’t expect to be attacked on a personal level.
“But to lash out at a review and attack my body? It’s hurtful, but also neither here nor there. I was deeply ashamed of the photos he’d posted of me, before realizing it is Plein who should be ashamed,” she said. “And perhaps he is; Plein deleted the Instagram stories about me by the next morning, though I’ve heard nothing from him nor the PR team that handled the event.”
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