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Nancy Upton Wins American Apparel Contest, Has It Taken Away By Retailer (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post     First Posted: 09/14/2011 2:12 pm   Updated: 11/14/2011 4:12 am

You may recall Nancy Upton, the clever plus-size gal who ironically entered herself in America Apparel's "The Next Big Thing" modeling contest. In her entry, Nancy submitted pictures of herself nearly naked, alternatively covered with/chowing down on all sorts of fatty foods. Her submission stated simply, "I'm a size 12. I just can't stop eating."

Nancy took her submission seriously, in that she was serious about showing how offensive the retailer's contest (which called for fans of "full-sized fannies" and "booty-ful" models) was to plus-size women.

So we were surprised and pleased to find out via The Frisky on Friday that Upton actually won the contest, which was decided by online votes.

But American Apparel wasn't going to stand for someone who made a mockery of their contest actually winning the contest. Today The Frisky has posted a formal letter written Iris Alonzo, the company's Creative Director who created the contest. She wrote to Upton:

It’s a shame that your project attempts to discredit the positive intentions of our challenge based on your personal distaste for our use of light-hearted language, and that “bootylicous” was too much for you to handle.

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Oh — and regarding winning the contest, while you were clearly the popular choice, we have decided to award the prizes to other contestants that we feel truly exemplify the idea of beauty inside and out, and whom we will be proud to have representing our company.

Harsh. Alonzo also touches on American's Apparel's past media controversies, dismissing them by saying, "You’re literally witnessing a transparent, sincere, innovative, creative company go through puberty in the spotlight of modern media. It’s not easy!"

You know what is easy: awarding the first-place prize to the contestant who brought by far the most media attention to your offensive modeling contest.

Click over to The Frisky to read more. And in case you forgot (but how could you), here are just a few of Nancy's winning pictures below.

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