Mom's scathing letter to store after sales clerk body shames 13-year-old daughter goes viral

Mom Writes Scathing Open Letter After Store Clerk Body Shames Teen

WICHITA, Kan. (WJW) -- A Wichita mom's Facebook post to a department store worker has gone viral after that clerk told her 13-year-old daughter she needed to put on a pair of Spanx.

Megan Harris and her daughter Lexi were shopping for a middle-school formal dress. They visited the Dillard's in Towne East Square. Megan found a long red dress and thought her daughter would look great in it. Lexi didn't love the dress, but to please mom, she tried it on. And no, she didn't love it, but Megan thought she looked great and took a picture of her in it.

It was then the sales lady walked in and said that if Lexi wanted to wear that dress, she'd need some Spanx to make it work. (Spanx are body-shaping undergarments.) Megan told the woman that she thought her daughter looked fine, but the salesperson kept arguing her point, that Lexi needed the Spanx.

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

Megan finally told KAKE that she told the woman that her daughter was perfect and they left the store.

Later, Megan wrote the post saying, "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.... My daughter is tall, she swims, runs, dances and does yoga. She's fit. She's beautiful. She did not need you telling her that she is not perfect."

That post has been shared over 40-thousand times and has over 250,000 likes.

Megan said Dillard's staff had contacted her and were very kind.

Dillard's was contacted by a local TV station and released this statement:

"At Dillard's, our mission is to help people feel good about themselves by enhancing the natural beauty found in all of us," she states. "We train our sales associates with the goal of creating a completely positive experience with each visit. It is certainly never our intent to offend our customers. We have reached out to this customer and her daughter, and we appreciate the outreach of so many of our followers and customers to bring this issue to our attention."

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