One mum has hit back after a sales assistant left her daughter questioning her body image.
Whilst having a girls’ shopping trip on the hunt for a formal dress, Megan Naramore Harris and her daughter, Lexi, say they were interrupted by a sales associate in Dillard’s who advised that she should wear SPANX underneath the dress.
According to a Facebook post penned by mother Megan, it wasn’t a helpful suggestion, but a forceful one, with the advisor continuing to ‘argue’ with her.
Obviously, some of us love to wear SPANX every once in a while, but nobody should feel shamed into it!
Megan wrote, ‘I hope this is shared and gets back to you so that you should not say something like that to a girl ever again’ – and it seems that she’s got her wish, as the post has now spread right across the web.
Speaking to KAKE News in Wichita, Megan explained, ‘I grabbed a dress, and I begged her to try it on. She tried it on, and walked out. She said, “Mom, this is not my dress.” I said, “Well you look so pretty. Let me take a picture.”‘
This is when the sales assistant appears, ‘In walked the sales lady and suggested that the dress was not very flattering to her.
‘I don’t want to say exactly what she said because it was extremely unkind. But, she said she needed to wear SPANX.’
Dillard’s have issued a statement to KAKE News, saying that they would handle the issue in staff training and that they had reached out to the Megan and Lexi.
Julie Johnson Bull, a corporate spokesperson for the shop said, ‘At Dillard’s, our mission is to help people feel good about themselves by enhancing the natural beauty found in all of us.
‘It is certainly never our intent to offend our customers.’
Megan’s response to this was a positive one: ‘We don’t have any ill will to her as a person or even really the store. It was a mistake. It was a very bad mistake, but again, we’re trying to use this as a positive, uplifting incident, not negative and slamming the store.’
Using a Facebook post to explain the implications of body-shaming, Megan directs her open letter to the sales associate, ‘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. If they feel good in a dress, that is all that should matter.’
You can read the full Facebook letter, which has garnered over 500,000 likes and 93,700 shares so far, here.
Now, please can we ALL just start loving ourselves?