Mother pens open letter to saleswoman who body shamed teenage daughter

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WICHITA, KS_ “Dear sales lady at Dillard’s Towne East Mall”

A mother’s open letter has gone viral after she says a saleswoman at Dillard’s body shamed her teenage daughter.

According to Megan Naramore Harris, her daughter was trying on a dress for an upcoming formal when the salesperson walked up to her and said “she needed to wear SPANX if she wanted to wear this dress.”

After advising her daughter to change clothes, an argument ensued between the two women. 

“I told you that she was just fine without SPANX. You continued to argue with me.”

Megan says she and her daughter left the store soon after.

Later that day, Megan took to Facebook to post the heartfelt message:

“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. 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.”

Megan added that her daughter is tall, swims, runs, dances and does yoga. “She’s fit. She’s beautiful. She did not need you telling her that she is not perfect.”

She hopes the post makes its way to the woman so that she will not offend anyone else.

“You never know what negative or positive thoughts they are thinking about themselves.”

She signed, “Sincerely, Mother of a beautiful girl.”

The post has over 400,000 likes with more than 70,000 shares.