All Brynne Huffman wanted to do when she put on a pair of denim shorts and a white blouse was run errands. She didn't expect that soon after she'd have to be defending her outfit choice to a stranger, who was wearing a "Coexist" shirt, no less.
"It took some courage to both purchase and wear said shorts because my legs, while tan from swimming and muscular from dancing, are (1) not where I would like them to be and (2) are not up traditional beauty standards (read: Photoshopped) because cellulite," she wrote in a Facebook post on the online platform Love What Matters, that has since been shared over 81,000 times.
While at a UPS store, a stranger turned to Huffman and said: "You should probably rethink the shorts."
What truly bothered Huffman, besides the obvious fact that a stranger didn't mind her own business and was commenting on what she wore, was the meaning of this woman's coexist T-shirt.
"Gender doesn't matter," Huffman wrote. "Race doesn't matter. Religion doesn't matter. Sexual orientation doesn't matter. But fat? Apparently fat matters."
There's been a staggering trend of plus-size women being shamed by strangers (often other women) for wearing things like bathing suits or crop tops. And it's that very reason, on top of the fact that many are already policed for what they are wearing regardless of size, that Huffman's message is so important.
"You might have an issue with my body," she wrote. "I don't. And I've worked very hard past judgmental family and friends, past divorce, past depression to NOT have an issue with my body."
The comment section, which is 37,000 comments deep, seems to be quite supportive and Huffman has since launched social media sites with the hashtag "#TheBodyYouHave."
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Tess Holliday is being hailed as the first woman of her size to be signed by a mainstream modeling agency.
More press 💅💕 I'm still in awe- thank you to all of my faithful followers for supporting me the past few years and the new ones too! My success is proof that change is here for all of us! So #FUCKyourbeautystandards 🙌👊💥 (photo by @danabrushette) #TessMunster #TessHolliday #plussize #MeetMiLK #MiLKsGotTalent #MiLKcurve"
Today was magical ✨ #behindthescenes with @adam_wallacavage for @jlbeaverton @tarinatarantino #wonderland #TessHolliday #plussizemodel
I can finally share my big news!!! I'm now represented by @milkmodelmanagement in London 🇬🇧 I'm the first plus size model EVER (I die) my size & height to be signed to a major agency in the 🌍! 😭 "Super excited to announce we're now representing Tess Holliday, plus-size model/blogger... Watch this space @tessholliday 👸👸👸👸👸 #TessMunster #TessHolliday #plussize #MeetMiLK #MiLKsGotTalent #MiLKcurve"
My boo @priscillaono did my makeup for the first time & #SLAY 🙌😭 Top by @dominodollhouse Use TESSWNT to get 10% off @dominodollhouse #makeupbypriscillaono
“Its hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world.” 💎✨ #DollyParton
Shooting for @dominodollhouse today... This dress is just 🙌 🔥#moveoverangelinajolie #bts #tessmunster #plussizemodel
Behind the scenes with @steadyclothing today & I have a special announcement:
Here is a sneak peak of the "Tess" signature dress for the @steadyclothing Spring 2015 line 💕 Stay tuned!! #steadyclothing #rocksteady #rocksteadyclothing #tessholliday #plussizemodel
This was taken yesterday after hiking in the #Buderim rainforest in Australia. It was tough for me because a) I wasn't prepared & had a bikini & #aldo sandals which wasn't the best outfit (but I looked hot TBH) & b) even though I'm active it was a strenuous hike! However I pushed myself because I'm stubborn & never quit. Don't let your size limit you on missing out on the wonders the world has for you. This has ZERO to do with health & all to do with believing in yourself 🌍👊✨ #effyourbeautystandards
💪Welcome to the gun show 😎 #mooloolaba
Got ready in a record 30 mins for an impromptu date last night 💋 miracles happen😂 necklace by @honeybgold 💦
I hope this makes you realize that it's okay to be yourself, even if you happen to exist in a fat body. I'm sexy, confident & give no fucks. Also, fuck anyone for saying otherwise.
Photo (unedited) shot by @themanuc
Hair by @hisvintagetouch
Stylist @styledbyreah #effyourbeautystandards
casual #newyearseve, & I ain't mad at it #sashayaway2014 🌸🌺🌸
Spending my entire vacation in a bikini✔️
Not giving a fuck ✔️ #effyourbeautystandards
A lot of who have been asking if I was married yet, & the answer is no. I changed my name because my career is moving in a different direction & I wanted my name to reflect that. When I do get hitched- you will know it! 💍✨ #alwaysbeTessMunstertho
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"Please wear the shorts more often. Society belongs to everyone and you need to hold your head high. Be confident in your skin," one person wrote. "Girl, you look AWESOME! Rock it! I too, have areas that I wish were smaller, but I love what my body does anyway. Being amazing has ZERO to do with your size," said another.
Bottom line? As Huffman said, "Women. Do not tear each other down."