When Megan Naramore Harris, of Wichita, KS, took her 13-year-old, Lexi, to the local mall to look for a party dress, she never thought the story would go viral. But it did because of what happened in the Dillard’s fitting room.
Lexi had already found the perfect dress, but her mom convinced her to try on another one, even though both agreed that the red formal, with a thigh-high slit up the side, made the teenager look too old. But the teen humored her mom and posed for a picture.
That’s when a sales clerk entered the dressing room, took one look at Lexi, and told the teen she was “fat” and needed Spanx if she wanted to wear the dress.
“I told my daughter to go change. I told you that she was just fine without SPANX. You continued to argue with me. We left soon after,” Harris wrote in a Facebook post addressed to the sales lady.
When they got home, Harris was steaming, but her daughter handled it like a champ, says Harris, and gave her mom permission to post the story on Facebook.
Harris’s message to the sales clerk: “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. 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,” wrote Harris.
Read her whole post. The way she stands up for all girls who are targets of body shaming is inspiring.