Mom writes powerful message for a salesperson who suggested Spanx to her teen daughter
One mom in is standing up for her daughter while awesomely preaching the importance of body acceptance, and we could not love her more for it.
Recently, Megan Naramore Harris took to Facebook to write an open letter to a salesperson at a Kansas Dillard’s after she and her daughter, Lex, went to the shop to look for a dress for a formal dance. Megan accompanied the letter with a picture of her daughter looking totally stunning in a floor-length red gown.
“I told [Lex] how grown up it made her look and she smiled, and told me this made her look too old but still, she let me take a picture.”
But then, the saleswoman came in and immediately stepped over the line: She told Lex that if she wanted to wear the dress, she’d need to wear Spanx.
But although they left quickly, Megan wished she had stayed to school the woman in body positivity, especially with teens. “I wish I had told you how many girls suffer from poor self image and telling them they need something to make them perfect can be very damaging,” she wrote. “Girls of all ages, shapes and sizes are perfect because that is how God made them. If they feel good in a dress, that is all that should matter.”
Megan went on to explain that this woman didn’t know her daughter or her lifestyle, and that just a few words assumed so much. “My daughter is tall, she swims, runs, dances and does yoga,” she wrote. “She’s fit. She’s beautiful. She did not need you telling her that she is not perfect. . . You never know what negative or positive thoughts they are thinking about themselves.”
She then signed the letter “mother of a beautiful girl,” and we weren’t sure whether to stand up and clap or burst into bittersweet tears. Clearly, the post resonated the same way with thousands, as it’s gone viral in less than a week with over 27,000 shares and 178,000 likes. “She is beautiful and that lady is part of the problem with society,” one commenter wrote. We could not agree more.
(Image via Facebook)