Bethenny Frankel‘s Skinnygirl jeans have come under fire for their name; however is she adding to the problem by having what some refer to as a ‘fat tax’?
Many women took offense to Bethenny calling her line ‘Skinnygirl jeans’ as it refers to a woman’s size vs. referring to a drink being low-calorie (as with her successful Skinnygirl margarita.) At the time, Bethenny defended her fashion line stating:
“The customer got it right away. They know me and know Skinnygirl is a state of mind.”
The controversy could have ended there; however when the jeans debuted on online retail sites, fans were outraged when plus sizes cost significantly more than smaller sizes. Commonly known as the “fat tax”, plus sizes sometimes will retail for not only a higher price, but in some cases nearly double! Disappointed fans point out that the “highrise skinny ankle jeans” were retailing for $89.50, but the price rose to $159.50 when selected above a size 14:
The RHONY star quickly swooped in to do damage control, blaming the whole issue on a typo and reassuring fans it has been corrected:
I’m shocked that after all the criticism Bethenny received after naming her jeans ‘Skinnygirl’ that they let something like this happen. She should have known that they would have been scrutinized on how they handled the plus sizes in this line and by having them retail for a higher price is not a good look for the company.