TODAY ON NETFLIX, FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED TO JENNIFER, ANTHONY, AND CARLA FROM THE ABERCROMBIE & FITCH DOCUMENTARY!
Abercrombie and Fitch’s A Brand on the Wire is now on Netflix! Read on to find out what’s going on with Jennifer, Anthony, and Carla today! Abercrombie & Fitch’s website is now brimming with diversity and inclusion nods aimed squarely at Gen-Z.
People of color sizes up to 3XL, and even a pride-themed collection with “inclusive” rainbow t-shirts are available. Meanwhile, the brand’s Instagram account proudly displays wheelchair models, body-positivity stories, and LGBTQ solidarity statements. Here’s what happened to Samantha Elauf, Bruce Weber, and Mike Jeffries.
The 88-minute documentary suggests, through interviews with former models, recruiters, store employees, and executives, that appearing cool, attractive, and white wasn’t just a branding exercise.
It was an active corporate strategy that came at the expense of non-white employees and consumers. So, who are Jennifer Sheahan, Anthony Ocampo, and Carla Barrientos these days?
JENNIFER SHEAHAN, ANTHONY OCAMPO, AND CARLA BARRIENTOS: WHO ARE THEY?
Jennifer Sheahan worked at a store close to the University of California, Irvine. Employees were told after the holiday season that if they did not receive a salary.
They would be fired, according to the show. Jennifer Sheahan was one such employee who was perplexed as to what had occurred.
She then spoke with the assistant manager, who mentioned a visit from someone from the corporate headquarters. “They said, ‘You need more staff that look like that,'” Jennifer Sheahan says. They displayed an Abercrombie poster. She was a model of Caucasian descent.
Carla Barrientos, who was 19 at the time and worked at an Abercrombie & Fitch store, experienced a similar incident. Later, a friend speculated that she wasn’t scheduled in the mornings because she was black.
Anthony Ocampo was yet another former employee who spoke about his time with the fashion label. According to the show, he was told that he couldn’t be hired because the store already had too many Filipino employees.
Jennifer Sheahan, Anthony Ocampo, and Carla Barrientos were among several minority employees who sued Abercrombie & Fitch for racial and gender discrimination in June 2003. The company was then ordered to pay the plaintiffs a $40 million settlement, plus legal fees.
JENNIFER SHEAHAN, ANTHONY OCAMPO, AND CARLA BARRIENTOS: WHO ARE THEY TODAY?
Jennifer Sheahan currently works at an Irvine veterinary hospital and is interested in ophthalmic pharmacology and retinal diseases. Jennifer Sheahan enjoys traveling, photography, and spending time with her family.
Anthony Ocampo is currently a Ph.D. student and writer in Los Angeles, California. He has written two books about immigration and racial issues.
One of which is about the lives of gay men of color from immigrant families. Anthony Ocampo is also an Associate Professor of Sociology at Cal Poly Pomona in California.
Carla Barrientos is now a child behavior consultant as well as a program specialist for the Kern County Superintendent of Schools. Carla Barrientos and her husband, Jorge, have two children and live in Bakersfield.