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May 26, 2015

Photos inside Lilly Pulitzer headquarters show fat-shaming cartoons

King of Prussia-based company draws criticism, issues statement

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Photos posted on New York Magazine's blog The Cut from inside the headquarters of clothing brand Lilly Pulitzer show a series of fat-shaming cartoons inside an employee's office.

The photo was part of a slideshow that profiled several employees of the clothing brand and the company's headquarters in King of Prussia, referred to as "The Pink Palace."

Cartoons in the photo show drawings of two women, with one reading "put it down carb face," and another reading "just another day of fat, white and hideous," adding, "you should probably just kill yourself."

 The caption states the illustrations were made by an employee not pictured in the story.

The photo drew the ire of many on social media.

The company issued a statement to Bloomberg regarding the cartoons on Tuesday:
“These illustrations were the work of one individual and were posted in her personal work area. "While we are an employer that does encourage people to decorate their own space, we are a female-dominated company and these images do not reflect our values. We apologize for any harm this may have caused.”

Lilly Pulitzer has made recent headlines, not only for its brand's launch at retailer Target selling out within minutes, but also for its lack of plus-size options for customers. 

The identity of the employee who made the illustrations and whether he or she will be disciplined is still unknown.