— Body Matters

This mom went bikini shopping with her daughter, and her message about body image and parenting has gone viral

Brittney Johnson/Facebook

Growing up, our parents may have told us we’re beautiful — but actions speak louder than words. When Brittney Johnson took her young daughter bikini shopping, she was struck by what the little girl said while they were in the dressing room together trying on swimsuits.

“[W]hen she turned to the mirror, she said ‘Wow I just love cheetah print! I think I look beautiful! Do you think I look beautiful too?!’..when it hit me that she only says what she hears. What she sees. I tell her that she is beautiful every single day,” Johnson wrote in a Facebook post that went viral.

When we walked into the mall, my girl had her purse, her fancy shoes and her pretty dress on. "Don't forget my...

Posted by Brittney Johnson on Monday, May 8, 2017

When her daughter said this, Johnson was snapping photos of herself to send to friends asking for feedback about how she looked in various suits.

“[W]hen we are in a dressing room, with swimsuits of all God forsaken things, there is a split moment when I have the power to say ‘wow I have really gotten fat this year’ OR ‘wow I love this coral color on me!’ And those are the words burned into my daughter’s brain,” she continued.
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