Filippa Hamilton, Ralph Lauren's Retouched Model: I Was Fired For Being Too Fat (VIDEO)
*Scroll down for the Today Show's interview with Filippa Hamilton*
Designer Ralph Lauren apologized last week for retouching an ad using an already-skinny model, making her look entirely emaciated...but that's not the whole story. Model Filippa Hamilton told the New York Daily News that the fashion house fired her in April for being too fat.
"They fired me because they said I was overweight and I couldn't fit in their clothes anymore," she said.
The company released a statement saying that their relationship with Hamilton ended "as a result of her inability to meet the obligations under her contract with us."
Five-foot-ten, 120-pound Hamilton, who wears a size 4, had worked for Ralph Lauren since 2002, and she was caught off-guard by the photo:
"I was shocked to see that super skinny girl with my face," she told the Daily News. "It's very sad, I think, that Ralph Lauren could do something like that."
23-year-old Hamilton thinks Ralph Lauren owes an even bigger apology to the American public.
"I'm very proud of what I look like, and I think a role model should look healthy."
The timing is unfortunate as today is Ralph Lauren's 70th birthday.
Hamilton appeared on Wednesday's "Today Show" with Cosmopolitan editor Kate White to discuss the "sad" situation, saying she doesn't think she'll sue the company.