Thursday, August 4, 2011

Things I Don't Understand: Hollister Models

Has anyone ever walked by the Hollister store at the mall and been totally icked out by the 14-year-old half naked models they have just standing at the store front. I mean totally ICKED OUT. Like, so icked out that you have a need to avert your eyes and run the other direction so that Paul Blart doesn't come arrest you for being a pedo.

Hollister is something I will never really get. It's beyond my time. Let's just get that out there. Hollister is the poor teen's Abercrombie and Abercrombie has been in hot water for their racy ads since my heyday. So, I do kind of get the ads. Sex sells. And whether we like it or not, teens want to be sexy.

However, I was totally horrified by Hollister's decision to put young kids out in front of their stores in their bathing suits. Now, I'm all for sexy ads, but this crosses a line. How easy do we need to make it for pedophiles? Maybe Hollister should just serve teens up on silver platters to the creeps who get their kicks from looking at half naked kids.

I don't think I'm being preachy or old either. I was so uncomfortable walking past that store. The boy who was out there modeling could not have been more than 16. And he was shirtless and in short, tight swimming trunks. And he was just standing there like a piece of meat while older people were trying to look away.

I have seen this happen twice since that first horrific encounter. All of the times, I noticed that there was no one going into the store or even near the store who wasn't 18 or younger. So, maybe that's the goal. It's like old people repellent. Just stick an almost naked teenager on your store front and the respectable old people will go running. But, I guarantee that there's some questionable older people who aren't running and are instead taking mental photographs to use in ways that we do not want to know about.

Plus, it creeps me out. I don't go to the mall to be creeped out. So, please, Hollister, put the pre-pubescent kids back inside the store and let them learn how to make a dollar the old-fashioned clothes.


Anonymous said...

I do agree that they do go a bit too far with getting people in their door by having bathing suit models just stand around. But the thing is, they are not children, they are adults. Everyone that works at Hollister has to be 18 years or older. The people that stand out their know what they are doing and are legally adults and can do anything they want. Hollister usually hires sexy looking hunks to loiter around but 14 years olds? I don't think so. That would ruin their image.

Anonymous said...

I think that Hollister may have an image of sexy but most of their clothes, I love! Some bicture may be a little crude for 5 year olds walking by but they have a nice casual look as well as preppy or fancy. I love it!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I think Hollister is AWESOME!!!!!!!! Why don't you just leave them alone????? I love their clothing sooooo much. I just go there all day!

Anonymous said...

I totally disagree with you! You should never go trash the bestest store ever!!!!! you should be ashamed of yourself!!! I like all the stores such as Abercrombie, Hollister, Aeropostal. Can't you just leave them alone!!?? Soon they're gonna shut down 'cause of you!!!!! They may have weird models but you can't just say they're weird without any reason!

Anonymous said...

You must be at least 17 to work at hollister

Anonymous said...

Omg there's this guy who works at hollister and he is sooooooooo cute!!!!! He's the manager there. I bet he has a load of girls after him everyday. I just get sooooo nervous when I go in that store because he is sooooo cute and I don't wanna embarrass myself in front of him. I just wanna ask him "Hi, ummm I really like the outfit your wearing, It's nice, Hollister style. Hahaha". I mean I'm not the talking type.

Anonymous said...

Hollister is OWNED by the same people that do Abercrombie.

So, are we surprised?