Have Lululemon Founder's Remarks on Thigh Size Soured You on Their Yoga Pants?

Comments that "some women's bodies just actually don't work" for the trendy yoga pants have angered some, who say the company should make clothes that fit all women's bodies.

By Chris Helms

Lululemon, a sports wear company with locations throughout eastern Massachusetts, is in trouble with some of its customers for comments about women's bodies made by its founder.

Lululemon Athletica's Chip Wilson said in a recent interview with Bloomberg TV that "some women’s bodies just actually don’t work" for their yoga pants. The pricey garments can become pilled for women whose thighs rub together.

One Bay State professor is calling on Wilson not only to apologize, but also to start making clothes that fit all women's bodies. Here's theonline petition started by Salem State's Rebecca Hains.

In response to the firestorm, Wilson issued a video statement to Lululemon employees that, to many observers, falls well short of an apology.

The company has stores in Lynnfield, Dedham, Burlington, Chestnut Hill, Natick, Hingham and two in Boston proper.

What's your take? Was Wilson just being honest that his clothing line isn't for all women? Is Wilson adding to an unhealthy societal obsession for women to attain a "thigh gap"?


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