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DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! Forever 21 And Its “Oriental Girl” Necklace

November 4th, 2011 | 6 comments | Posted by Jen

Forever 21 committed another “Allergic to Algebra”-type gaffe this week when fashion bloggers discovered the Korean American-owned company was selling an “Oriental Girl” necklace.

For anyone hoping to buy an Oriental Girl on the cheap–only one dolla fifty!–you should know that the item has been pulled, or it’s “out of stock,” as the Forever 21 website now states.

When the Forever 21 “Allergic to Algebra” shirt came out, I had to wonder what kind of Asians would sell such a dumbed-down, regressive and ultimately cynical product to the masses. Continue reading DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! Forever 21 And Its “Oriental Girl” Necklace

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Intern Jasmine’s Links Of The Daysian

September 27th, 2011 | 0 comments | Posted by jasmine

Forever 21 bounces back from that “Allergic to Algebra” misstep by debuting a darling collaboration with Hello Kitty! The super-cute collection goes on sale November 18. [Racked]

Alexa Chung dishes with Refinery 29 on being a style icon and, in her words, “a cookie-cutter hipster.” [Refinery 29]

NYC is sweet on Mindy Kaling. This week both The New Yorker and New York Times Magazine showed love for her new book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). [New Yorker, NYTM]

Beware, female travelers to South Korea! Studies show that lady passengers are subjected to full body scans in numbers much greater than male travelers at several South Korean airports. [Korea Times]

A recent Philippines Airlines flight to the US found itself with an extra passenger on board when a pregnant flyer gave birth. The new mother, a Philippine citizen, had her baby while the plane was over international waters. No word yet on the baby’s nationality. [Jaunted]

Before Feng Luoyu was a Brooklyn manicurist, she was the “Most Hated Woman in China.” [NYM]

The College Republican “pay-by-race” bake sale at UC Berkeley sounds unappetizing. Not to mention racist. [CNN]

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Forever 21 Tells Girls That Math Is Hard

September 12th, 2011 | 3 comments | Posted by Jen

Just in time for back-to-school shopping, Forever 21 has issued this “Allergic to Algebra” tee! It’s the new “Math Class is Tough” Barbie, only twenty years later! (Progress? What progress?)

But oh the mixed messages Forever 21 is putting out with their “Graphic Tees.” Here are a few of their other offerings:

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More Fodder For Forever 21 Haters

July 19th, 2010 | 6 comments | Posted by Jen

Forever 21 Haters! Here’s more fuel for your Forever fire: The billion dollar clothing megachain for the youngs has recently debuted a maternity line, which has the company–accused in the past of sweatshop work conditions and stealing other people’s designs–facing new charges of encouraging TEEN PREGNANCY.

It’s a well-known fact that Forever 21′s owners, the Chang family, are hardcore Christians, so the whole teen pregnancy angle seems to clash with the John 3:16 message printed on the bottom of every Forever 21 bag.

Or does it? Because where I grew up, the girls who were the most religious and who brought their Bibles to school in floral covers trimmed in lace and spent their Saturday nights proselytizing at the mall were also the girls who got finger-banged in the church choir loft and lost their virginity first and got pregnant out of wedlock.

So, maybe this is a match made in, er, heaven?

[Forever 21: Introducing Love 21 Maternity]
[HuffPo: Forever 21 Maternity Line Launches In States With High Teen Pregnancy]

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BABEWATCH: Forever 21′s Linda and Esther Chang

April 6th, 2010 | 14 comments | Posted by Jen

Names: Linda Chang and Esther Chang

Ages: 28 and 23

Occupations: Forever 21′s marketing and visuals department heads, respectively

Linda and Esther Chang are the daughters of Don and Jin Sook Chang, the Korean American founders of one of our favorite places on Earth, Forever 21. (Where else can you get a cute, fashion-forward $12 dress, we ask you? A $12 dress!) Like the company’s wares, the Chang sisters are young, fresh, and adorbs. They were recently profiled by the LA Times’ Booth Moore, where we learned the following:

  • They’re best friends.
  • They’re both Ivy League-educated.
  • They work for the family business, which opened its first store in 1984 and, by the end of that year, had grown its sales from $35,000 to $700,000.
  • They go to church with their parents on Sunday.

We tend to hate on people like this–i.e. people who please their Hardass Asian Parents all the time rather than disappoint–but with the Chang sisters, we just can’t. Their devotion to their family and the family business is just so earnest (older sis Linda says things like, “I love it when people come out of our stores being so happy”). And the girls themselves are just too cute.

Then, of course, it all goes back to the fact that the Chang sisters represent the $12 dress. The $12 dress!

[LA Times: Meet Forever 21’s stylish sisters]

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