We were totally down with the message of the O magazine August cover story "Chill: 21 Things You Should Stop Worrying About Right Now" (Sample entry: 'Worry Lines — stop worrying about 'em!' LOLZ.) But we really related to the question, "When I buy clothing made in Third World countries, am I exploiting the poor?" We sort of worry about that too! And boy did the O Magazine editors bring in the big guns to get us to convince us to just chill out about it. Wrote Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times columnist Nick Kristof in the mag:
Buying cheap clothes from foreign factories actually helps the workers.
MICHAEL S. JEFFRIES, 62, CHAIRMAN AND CEO, ABERCROMBIE & FITCH CO. Total value: $26.2 million Base salary: $1.5 million; Bonus: NA; Stock and options awards: $14.1 million; Other: $10.6 million
PAUL MARCIANO, 55, CEO AND VICE CHAIRMAN, GUESS INC. Total value: $17.1 million Base salary: $1 million; Bonus: $0; Stock and options awards: $603,532; Other: $15.5 million
BRAD MARTIN, 55, CHAIRMAN, SAKS INC. Total value: $12.9 million Base salary: $1 million; Bonus: $0; Stock and options awards: $9 million; Other: $2.8 million
True, there are problems with the fact that buying cheap clothes from foreign factories helps white guys not smart enough to succeed in any other industry a lot more, but whatevs. We need to just chill.
The Money List [WWD]
Related: Seven Things You Can Stop Worrying About Right Now! ['O' The Oprah Magazine]