WICHITA, Kan. — A mother’s Facebook post to a department store sales associate has gone viral after that associate told her teenage daughter she needed to put on a pair of Spanx.
In the Facebook post, Megan Harris describes a shopping trip to a local Dillard’s to help her 13-year-old daughter find a dress for an upcoming school formal.
During their search, Harris found a red dress she liked and asked her daughter to try it on.
Lexi said the dress “wasn’t her style” but tried it on for her mother anyway.
“I told her how grown up it made her look and she smiled, and told me this made her look too old but still, she let me take a picture,” Harris said.
The sweet exchange quickly took a turn when a sales associate walked in and told Lexi she had to wear Spanx if she wanted to wear the dress. Harris asked Lexi to go change and ended up having an argument with the associate.
The duo left soon after, and Harris posted the photo of her daughter and an open letter to the sales associate to Facebook. It quickly went viral, with 72,000 share and counting.
“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 to the associate. “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.
According to Yahoo News, Dillard’s responded with a statement saying that part of the store’s mission is to “help people feel good about themselves by enhancing the natural beauty found in all of us.”
The company says sales associates are trained with the goal of giving customers a positive experience and would never intend to offend customers. Yahoo reports that the company has also reached out to Megan and Lexi.
Take a look at Megan’s full Facebook post below: