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Dov Charney Was Such a Good Kid…What Happened??

American Apparel founder Dov Charney wasn't always a skeeve with a porn 'stash who took pictures of anemic, malnourished girls in 70s porn shot poses and called it "advertisement." Once upon a time, Dov was just a good Canadian kid, hardworking and teacher's pet. At least that's what these surfaced report cards seem to say about him.

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"His term paper on the reciprocity of free-trade between Canada and the United States was excellent in terms of its depths of research and analysis, and style of presentation." Seeing as how Dov made a fortune with exactly this prolific understanding of free-trade, we're almost scared to think that Charney would have been way smarter than us back in high school.

Comments (14)
No. 1 · angela cho

you have to see this video of him as a kid

Posted: Mar 5, 2009 at 3:24 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 2 · Chad

Jesus Christ, is he a real person? I always thought the cute kids ended up becoming losers, not billionaires.

Posted: Mar 5, 2009 at 4:28 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 3 · Fillbuz

"His style is and will be controversial". Understatement of the fucking century. How did you get these?

Posted: Mar 5, 2009 at 7:09 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 4 · bougieben

I don't get the glorification of Dov Charney. It's like a cult of personality he created around himself. He makes t-shirts, he didn't invent the computer. What someone was like a kid doesn't matter. What matters is what they do now. Fashion doesn't matter and neither does disturbing advertising. I bet you I can guess what happened to him. He got high on all the money and the girls and made him think he could do whatever he wanted. It didn't work out that way, did it Dov? Anyway, this made-in-usa-immigrant-rags-to-riches story is bullshit to me.

Posted: Mar 5, 2009 at 7:29 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 5 · getreal

Maybe if we dig through his trash we can find his medical records.

Posted: Mar 5, 2009 at 7:45 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 6 · Karla

@4 - The cute report cards of a mostly despised celebrity are hardly "glorification".

He sounds like he should have been a child star. He's so litte!

Posted: Mar 5, 2009 at 11:05 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 7 · EJ

If he did so well in school (and wrote such brilliant papers and economics, apparently), then why isn't American Apparel doing better? It's leveraged to the hilt (as of Sept. 30, the company had a total of $111.6 million in debt and $13.9 million in cash.) and is in a fair amount of legal trouble.


Posted: Mar 6, 2009 at 8:06 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 8 · Dino

Gotta love people who don't understand economics. Industrial companies are typically debt financed. Do you think it's cheap to build or operate a factory? Those are massive upfront costs that investors understand get paid down over time. Legal troubles < $500 million in sales. At least in most people's opinion.

But yeah it's totally ridiculous that an 11 year old that was "did so well in school" only went on become an international retailer. His parents must be so disappointed.

Posted: Mar 6, 2009 at 8:45 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 9 · EJ

@Dino: I would actually consider American Apparel to be overleveraged, especially in this economy and at the rate they've opened stores over the last two years. They are not positioned to deal with a rapid decrease in consumer confidence.

Posted: Mar 6, 2009 at 10:12 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 10 · Tuvan_Throat_Singer

The crazy lady over at Jezebel is VERY UPSET ABOUT THIS!!!!

Posted: Mar 6, 2009 at 10:12 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 11 · Dylan

He was a good kid in school and American Apparel is a great company. And he's done some strange shit… It's difficult to understand why people want to paint such a bad image on the company though. The clothes they make are nice, who gives a shit about anything else? It's definitely a plus that they keep the jobs domestic and pay good wages, but I still don't care. It's clothes… who cares how they're advertised? Maybe someone can help me understand this - preferably someone who isn't a retard, but I won't get my hopes up since this article is on a site called Jossip.

Posted: Mar 6, 2009 at 11:25 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 12 · Dylan

That's about what I expected…

Posted: Mar 7, 2009 at 4:54 am · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 13 · Pejast

@EJ Except they're doing well in this market, along with other youth-oriented retailers? Hot Topic is even turning a profit nowadays, for goodness sake. It's not exactly the venue to be talking economics, but what can you really glean something from report cards of a kid? There's some kind of correlation for how well his company is doing in the one of the worst economic crises since the Great Depression? I'm impressed!

And what crazy lady at Jezebel, Tuvan? I always thought that they were :all: crazy.

Posted: Mar 7, 2009 at 2:38 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 14 · Pewter

I wish I had the glowing commendations of my high school teachers in paper. Instead of my mediocre marks.

Posted: Mar 10, 2009 at 4:26 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
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