Fashion tip in Oprah's magazine sparks accusations of body shaming

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This Advice From Oprah's Magazine Is Getting Backlash

(St. Louis, MO.) — Body shaming "advice" featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, is urging women to fight back.

Writer Tamar Nitai was in disbelief after reading a style q&a titled, "Can I Pull Off A Crop Top?" The article reads, "If and only if you have a flat stomach, feel free to try one."

Nitai quicly took her frustrations to the web.

"Part of health is self-esteem and that it`s 'intrinsically connected to body image," Nitai posted via Instagram. She urged the O Magazine writer to stop telling women what they can and cannot wear.

Now women everywhere are coming together using the hashtag #Rockthecrop.

Nitai is urging women "wear what you love, what makes you feel confident and own it."

@Oprah and @OprahMagazine, you have made a critical oversight today. I don't think you meant to be intentionally malicious with this completely ignorant article, in fact I don't think you put much thought into it at all - and that's part of the problem. This idea that it's acceptable to police women's clothing and body choices is so ingrained in our society and, as a publication that aims to empower women, it's disappointing to see such internalised shaming, misogyny and oppression. Let me tell you, as a woman who HAS had a flat stomach previously, I felt no less judged wearing a crop as a thin woman than I'm sure many women of all shapes and sizes feel right now. Adding to the constant magnifying glass that women are under serves only to keep us small and it's toxic advice like this that keeps SO MANY of us locked in a perpetually abusive relationship with food, dieting and ourselves. As women, we need to be lifting each other up. I definitely do not have a flat stomach but you know what? I felt pretty damn fly working out in my #croptop today. Should I be scrutinised on the next episode of Fashion Police? I don't think so (don't even get me started on what I think of that show, actually). So, I propose this: Instead of preaching how women should be dressing to appease the uncomfortable gaze of small minded folks, lets instead preach that it's okay to wear things just for ourselves - and it's okay to be uncomfortable with other's clothing choices because at the end of the day, you don't have to look. These "fashion rules" serve only to keep us small and lord knows, we need less internalised shaming in the world. #ifandonlyifiwantto #bopo #BodyShaming #bodyshame #croptops #oprah #oprahmagazine #bodypositive #bodypositivity #honormycurves #rockthecrop #effyourbeautystandards #pizzasisters4lyfe #riotsnotdiets #radicalbodylove #bodyposiwarrior #bodylove4all #bodypositive #celebratemysize #honourmycurves #selfie #gym #fashion #losehatenotweight

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