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American Apparel Backtracks, Invites Plus-Size Winner To LA

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What now Iris Alonso?

Less than a week after denying plus-size model search winner and spoofer Nancy Upton the grand prize, American Apparel has had a change of heart!

Nancy told Fox News:

"[American Apparel] extended an offer to tour the factory and sit with some of the creative directors to discuss what happened with the contest and have a dialogue about advertising to a different demographic."

But just because she's coming out to El Lay doesn't mean she'll be posing for one of their ads.

Upton adds:

"I would not appear in an ad campaign. I have opinions about the company that won’t be changed by my visit."

We can't wait to read all about her meeting!

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American Apparel Plus-Size Model Winner Dramz!

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The voters have spoken and crowned American Apparel's first plus-size model! Unfortunately, the winner was stripped of her title almost immediately!

Here's why:

A writer at the Daily Beast decided to have fun with the model search by submitting ridiculous pictures of herself as a joke. Nancy Upton ended up winning, but AA decided they won't be awarding her the grand price.

American Apparel's creative directive Iris Alonso wrote in a long-winded open letter:

"Oh — and regarding winning the contest, while you were clearly the popular choice, we have decided to award the prizes to other contestants that we feel truly exemplify the idea of beauty inside and out, and whom we will be proud to have representing our company."

Ouch.

What do U think of AA's decision???

[Images courtesy of Nancy Upton.]

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