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Gay J. Crew Designer Appears in Catalog

Gay J. Crew Designer Appears in Catalog


May's J. Crew catalog features a gay designer and his boyfriend, following last month's controversy over an online newsletter in which the company president's son was shown with his toenails painted pink.

ABC News reports on the catalog photo of designer Somsack Sikhounmuong and his boyfriend, Micah, with the caption "Happy Together."

"'The Men's Shop' section in the back of the 135-page catalog includes J. Crew's in-house stylist with his 9-month-old son, bearded brothers, a designer with his dog and also the photographer's African-American husband and their Asian daughter, headlined as 'Family Matters,'" the story notes.

J. Crew did not comment on the catalog, but ABC News reports that it appears to be an attempt to reach a more diverse range of consumers. Analysts of the gay market applauded the move.

Last month, the company sparked controversy when its online newsletter included a photo of president and creative director Jenna Lyons admiring her son, who sported hot pink polish on his toenails.

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