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Edited by on November 15 2011 at 5:57 PM

There’s been a bit of a hubub on the interwebs regarding the New York Daily News and their attempts to photograph “real NYC women” wearing the hotly-anticipated Versace for H&M designs. Warned that Donatella Versace “will likely not approve shooting the collection on real women,” the Daily News sent pics of two women to the Versace team for approval. One was not rejected for not fitting the label’s branding. 

Donatella Reportedly Not a Fan of the Fatties, H&M Begs to Differ

H&M then responded to said hubub:

“We are very surprised by the NY Daily News article and do not understand how they came to this conclusion. We can only explain it as a misunderstanding and a series of miscommunication. H&M is a democratic fashion brand and it is not our policy to decide models for fashion features in media. Both H&M and Versace have, over many years, cast from a wide and diverse pool, not only of models, but of celebrities and personalities reflective of all ethnicities, gender, ages and sizes.”

Will these recent developments deter you from clamoring for the collection when it hits stores on Saturday? Or did all the rules and stipulations already do that?

[NYDN, Racked]

Story by Lester Brathwaite

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