Gracie Lorincz is taking matters into her own hands. The 21-year-old is getting an epic response to her viral TikTok after she called out a local fashion boutique for saying she was “not that cute” during her job application process.
Gracie Lorincz, who hails from Michigan, applied for a job at Ava Lane Boutique in Auburn Hills. But things went wrong when the VP of Operations, Chuck DeGrendel, fired off an email saying she’s “not that cute.” The email was supposed to be for the boutique owner’s wife, but instead – in error – was sent to Lorincz.
“Feeling amazing,” said Lorincz in the caption for her viral clip. She took to the social media platform to spotlight the email response and it became a viral hit with more than 1.3 million views.
“So I applied for this job as a brand representative to a company called Ava Lane and their motto is ‘beauty through confidence.’ This is the email I accidentally got sent from the VP. Enjoy,” she begins the video, before flashing a screenshot of the email – which includes DeGrendel’s full name and job title.
The boutique, which says it inspires “beauty through confidence,” clearly didn’t follow through with its company’s motto. The email, of course, was not supposed to go to Gracie Lorincz. It was intended for Laura Langen DeGrendel, Click On Detroit reported.
“This girl is fresh out of college (Hope College) and not that cute,” wrote DeGrendel, according to the local outlet. “She applied to the sales model position. Are you sure you want me to interview her?”
Shortly after the video was posted and started to gain some traction, a statement was posted on Ava Lane Boutique’s Facebook page on behalf of DeGrendel saying he had removed himself from the hiring process and that all future hires for brand representatives will be handled by the boutique’s human resources representative.
Gracie Lorincz’s mother, Heather, told Fox News that the incident “was embarrassing” and “made her feel terrible.” She then added, “She is a sweet kid, she is not an attention hog. She is not a social media personality, and didn’t anticipate what this turned into.”
Later on Thursday, DeGrendel went live on Facebook to apologize for the “not that cute” comment. He said Lorincz emailed her application with pictures, which were reviewed and given to him by owner Laura DeGrendel.
“I reviewed the email, the application, downloaded the resume and I sent a reply back to Laura that said she was a recent college grad and I didn’t feel that she was that cute so I wasn’t sure if we wanted to proceed with an interview,” he said tearfully. “I don’t know why I said that … it was very unprofessional and really not in line with my core values.”
DeGrendel said he has gotten a lot of backlash and “it’s totally understandable, I deserve that blowback.”
During the 10-minute-long video, his wife Laura started to cry as she thanked supporters, and then she revealed that the couple’s “phone numbers are out there” and says her family was threatened because of the video.
“I’m sure that was not Gracie’s intention, but that’s what has happened,” the boutique owner said. “So we appreciate your support. It is okay for people to come on and… leave hurtful comments. We can move on from that. But it’s when you start threatening children. That’s where we have to draw the line. So yes, we are making our accounts private. We don’t really have anything else to say at this point.”