A mother's picture of her young daughter trying on a dress for her school formal dance has been liked and shared thousands of times on Facebook, thanks to the empowering message behind it.
Megan Naramore Harris took Lexi, 13, shopping at Dillard's department store in Kansas, where she showed her a red gown that ordinarily “was not her style, but [she] tried it on for me”.
After deciding the look was not for her, Harris snapped a picture anyway, but reports that a sales assistant then got involved and told Lexi she needed control underwear. Because that's what every young teen wants to hear when deciding on a dress for a school dance.
Luckily, Lexi's mum clearly has a better grasp of what is and isn't appropriate to say to adolescent girls (or any woman, one might venture), and her Facebook post (which you can read in full below) about the incident has, at time of writing, attracted nearly 300,000 likes and been shared nearly 50,000 times.
In it, Harris admonishes the assistant for promoting unhealthy ideals of perfection to young women, and expresses her wish that she learns from the experience.
“If they feel good in a dress, that is all that should matter,” she writes. “My daughter is tall, she swims, runs, dances and does yoga. She's fit. She's beautiful. She did not need you telling her that she is not perfect.”
After her post started getting traction, Harris later wrote that she didn't want the woman in question fired, and thanked others for sharing their inspirational body image stories.
Read the post in full below.
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