I was perusing shoes at Nordy’s, momentarily entranced by a pair of your gorgeous beige patent platform heels, when I came across a shoe of yours that I can only describe as the brainchild of a misogynist douchecanoe. I’m referring to what you call your “Lips” shoe. Yes, the one with the 80’s inspired slut-pout and the dangling cigarette.
Perhaps you’ve been living under a rock these past 30 years, but did you know that smoking is responsible for 80% of lung cancer deaths for women and that lung cancer kills more women than breast cancer in the US? It is a tragedy that 70,000 American women die from lung cancer every year. Women who smoke are also more likely to get a variety of other cancers, such as cancer of the mouth, cervix, esophagus, liver, kidney, pancreas, and bladder. All told, more than 22% of American women die of cancer annually.
There’s also the whole smoking kills babies thing too. Smoking during pregnancy accounts for 10% of all infant deaths and costs the US $366 million/year, but for simplicity’s sake let’s just focus on the cancer.
I’ve always looked to Prada as a style leader. Your lines are sleek and your clothes innovative yet understated. I own a couple of your pieces that I’ve collected over the years. I can’t afford to buy your clothes very often (my Prada shoes are more than 7 years old, but still stylish and comfortable I might add), but like many women I watch what the big design houses send down the runway and see what I can cobble together for less. Do not doubt that you are influential.
A cigarette dangling out of a women’s mouth on a shoe is tasteless, ugly, and irresponsible, unless of course you think removing a cancerous bladder and creating a neo-bladder from bowel so you can pee through a stoma in your belly screams sexy? In that case, why stop at cigarettes? Why not put a picture of a gun pointed at a women on a blouse and a rape on a handbag?
I will not buy anything Prada nor support any store that carries your products until I see an apology for this monstrosity and this cancer-promoting shoe off the shelves. Sorry Nordstrom, this is going to hurt both of us, but we’re though as long as you’re making money off this asshattery.
So dear Prada (and Nordstrom), I passed over the beige pumps, as lovely as they are, in favor of a similar (and far less expensive) pair of Cole Haan’s elsewhere. They’re not quite the same, but I won’t feel like I need a bath after I wear them.
A previous admirer and former Nordstrom shopper
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