Woman Takes Down Fat-Shamers With Fierce Fitting Room Selfie (PHOTO)

rachel taylor old navyOne young woman's careless joking at a store crushed the feelings of a plus-sized woman shopping nearby. But she turned that fat-shaming around to send out a body-positive message for every woman who's ever felt the same way.

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It all started when Rachel Taylor was shopping at Old Navy. She noticed a teenage girl laughing at a large-sized tank top with her mother. As she later told it in a Facebook post, the girl said, "Look! Me and So-and-so can fit in this tank top!" Her mom agreed, and said, "Yeah, you could! That thing is huge!" It just so happens that the tank top the girl was mocking was the perfect size for Taylor.

The joking stung. It hurt so much, in fact, that Taylor left the store in tears. "I couldn't help it; I started crying." Her husband walked her out of the store to the parking lot. "I sat in the car crying for a long time but eventually went back inside to finish my shopping."

Oh man, can we just stop there a second and talk about how important it is that we be sensitive to the people around us? I'm sure that girl and her mother had no intention of hurting Taylor. They would probably feel mortified if they knew how their joking had made her feel. (At least I hope they would.)

And can we also acknowledge how amazing it was that Taylor didn't just drive home right then and there? Yes, she had a sensitive moment -- as we all do. But she didn't let it defeat her. She got right back out of the car and returned to the store to finish her shopping. 

I think you can guess what Taylor did next.

That's right, she picked the symbol of her fat-shaming and she owned it like a boss. She tried on the supposedly two-girl tank top and looked in the mirror. "I ended up buying that tank top because, it turns out, I look fierce in it!"

Taylor shared her story, with a selfie in the tank top, on her Facebook page and Old Navy's. And she also thanked the store carrying clothes in all shapes and sizes.

Old Navy, thank you for having adorable clothes for all shapes & sizes. I'd like to tell you the story behind this tank...

Posted by Rachel Taylor on Friday, July 3, 2015

We have to agree, she does look fierce in that tank top. Bring it, Rachel! Tsssss, hawt.

You know what I love about this story? Rachel Taylor showed strength -- but not by hiding her feelings or shaming herself for crying. She acknowledged her hurt feelings and then she got back up and did something powerful to make herself (and many others!) feel better. That is how you do life. Am I right?

And Taylor makes a good point about being kind. We enjoy freedom of speech here in America. But with freedom comes responsibility. We are a better nation when we exercise restraint and compassion around each other.

What do you think about Taylor's Facebook post?

 

Image via Facebook

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