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March 31, 2011  | by: Vanessa Douglas

Blake Lively as the face of Chanel's Mademoiselle handbag line.

To the many viewers of Gossip Girl, fans of the Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, and Ben Affleck’s The Town, the presence of Blake Lively is all too familiar.

With her flowing, flaxen hair, beautiful face, and endless legs, Lively is the quintessential girl next door. Everyone adores her. Everyone, that is, except the people at Chanel.

Actually, not everyone at Chanel has a problem with Blake. The people working at the American division of the company apparently have a problem with her being the face of the Mademoiselle handbag line. Apparently, Lively has an “off-brand look” (whatever that means) and will not cater to to European clients and their idea of sophistication.

This is not the first time that complaint over a spokesperson has occurred, but there is a bigger issue at hand. This situation, in a nutshell, seems particularly preposterous. When a division of a prominent fashion house complains about having a beautiful, charming and (arguably?) talented woman, it is no wonder that the fashion world has its negative perception.

It is understandable that Lively is working with them, that she has a job to do, but she, as well as the other people in similar positions, should not be treated as commodities. As famous and as privileged as she and others are, she is still a person.

If a person that looks like Blake Lively garners complaints, what does that say about how our appearances rule our lives? People cannot change their face at will; this kind of phenomenon is no doubt the reason for the popularity of low self-esteem and plastic surgery. People should not be changing their looks to fit a certain mold; society as a whole (especially those churlish individuals at Chanel) should be reevaluating their mentalities.

No matter what those Chanel workers say, Blake is beautiful. Karl Lagerfeld, head designer at the fashion house, as well as Anna Wintour, love Lively, and if anyone can get into their good graces, that is all they need, really.

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