Insensitive Sales Person Tells Teen Girl She Needs to Wear Spanx

dillard's girlFeeling good about yourself as a teenage girl is tough enough without being fat-shamed by mean-spirited strangers, but that's sadly exactly what happened to one Kansas teen while she was shopping for a formal dress with her mom: A saleslady told her there was no way she could wear the gown without Spanx!

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Megan Naramore Harris was so horrified by what happened to her daughter Lexi at a Wichita Dillard's that she posted a message about the experience to Facebook, along with a picture of Lexi trying on the red dress in question. As Harris explained, Lexi wasn't all that into the gown -- she said it wasn't her style -- but she tried it on to appease her mom. That's when the saleslady came in and gave her unsolicited (and extremely unkind) opinion:

Dear sales lady at Dillard's Towne East Mall, This is my teenage daughter who wanted to try on dresses for an upcoming...

Posted by Megan Naramore Harris on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Poor Lexi! The most heartbreaking thing about this whole thing is how happy she looks in the picture, not knowing that a nasty insult was mere moments away. As Megan says, "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." Seriously! How could anyone look at the sweet face on that girl and say something so unnecessarily cruel?

I'm the mother of a 14-year-old girl, and reading this just breaks my heart. If anyone ever said something like this to my daughter while she was trying on clothes (or under any other circumstances), I'd be utterly furious, not to mention deeply, deeply sad. It's just so crucial for girls -- for teens in general -- to feel good about themselves. Life can be unbearable for kids who don't have confidence, who are constantly second-guessing themselves and feeling like they're somehow less worthy of happiness and love than their peers. 

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At least this mom's wish is coming true -- her post is going viral. Let's hope it inspires not only the original saleslady but also any other people who feel like it's their place to criticize young girls' bodies to keep their mouths shut from now on.

 

Image via Megan Naramore Harris/Facebook

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