A mother’s hard-hitting response to a thoughtless Dillard’s department store employee in Kansas is a perfect example of how to protect your impressionable child’s self-esteem.
Megan Naramore Harris shared a post on Facebook that included a photo of her 13-year-old daughter wearing a red formal gown and a no holds barred message to the employee who suggested her daughter needed SPANX to look good in the dress.
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SPANX are stretchy body-shaping garments that generally make women’s bodies appear more slender and sleek in certain form-fitting clothing.
In Harris’ post, she said she instructed her daughter to go change before letting the woman know she was “just fine” without SPANX.
“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,” Harris wrote. “Girls of all ages, shapes and sizes are perfect because that is how God made them.”
She continued, “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. I hope this is shared and gets back to you so that you should not say something like that to a girl ever again.”
It’s pretty deplorable that a grown woman would even think of pointing out a teenage girl’s imperfections.
The pubescent years are universally some of the most trying times for boys and girls discovering themselves, becoming aware of their insecurities and being held to unrealistic beauty standards. For anyone to be so blatantly insensitive is reprehensible.
After Harris’ post began circulating the Internet, some users criticized her for publicly “embarrassing” her daughter by sharing the story and photo.
To those haters, Harris offered yet another perfect rebuttal and clarified that she also wasn’t trolling for the saleswoman to get fired.
Dillard’s has since offered a very generic response to excuse their employee’s behavior with a statement saying that a part of the store’s mission is to “help people feel good about themselves by enhancing the natural beauty found in all of us,” according to Yahoo News.
A company representative also said it is never “our intent to offend our customers,” but none of that matters because the damage is done and the particular store location Harris references in her post is definitely going to lose some customers.
Banner Photo Credit: Facebook/Megan Naramore Harris