Has Wet Seal, the store you likely shopped at in middle school and then forgot about, become a secretly legit company? Or is it just another clothing monstrosity with a mixed history?
Wet Seal recently showed an eye-opening approach to fashion advertising by choosing a young girl with Down's Syndrome to model for them and making plus-sized clothing up to size 24 available. Those changes went over well; one woman wrote on their Facebook page recently, "When I heard about you carrying plus size AND using a new model with Down Syndrome. Well you just made me a fan and a customer." But the year prior, the company was getting decidedly less positive press. There were reports that the company was floundering sales-wise. Now Women's Wear Daily points out a study out of University of California, Davis that credits Wet Seal as one of the most gender-inclusive companies in California. Though their CEO is a man, Wet Seal has more women than men on its board. Additionally, 54.5% of its top positions are filled by women.