Prada Ordered 'Old, Fat, and Ugly' Staff Fired

Manager told to lose weight, change hair to keep job
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 12, 2010 12:41 PM CST
This Feb. 2008 photo released by Prada shows the Prada store in New York's Soho neighborhood.   (AP Photo/Prada)
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(Newser) – A former Prada store manager is suing the company for discrimination and harassment, saying one of its CEOs ordered her to “eliminate” about 15 managers that were “old, fat, ugly, disgusting, or not having the Prada look.” Manager Rina Bovrisse, who oversaw the 500-person staff of 40 Japanese stores, says the CEO of Prada Japan later told her to lose weight and change her hairstyle as well.

According to the complaint, he said he was “ashamed of Ms Bovrisse’s ugliness, so he doesn’t want visitors from Italy to see her.” Bovrisse launched her case in December, after being put on involuntary leave the previous month. "My responsibility is to protect hard-working women and make sure their working environment is safe,” she tells the Telegraph.

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