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Urban Outfitters Has a Complicated Relationship with Israel

Urban Outfitters Has a Complicated Relationship with Israel

Urban Outfitters is no stranger to controversy – last year, feminist activist Shelby Knox urged a ‘girlcott’ of the store because she deemed T-shirt slogans like “Eat less” to be hurtful to women. But now they’re causing controversy in another way. An eagle-eyed reader emailed The Gloss when he noticed that several photos from the Urban website were shot in Israel. (Since then, Urban has posted a collection of photos from their Tel Aviv shoot as well as candids taken by models on their Facebook page.) While there’s certainly nothing wrong with using Israel’s storied landscape as a backdrop for their clothes, it rings false in light of the fact that Urban’s reputation in Israel isn’t the best. More »