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Mom says Dillard's sales associate body shamed her 13-year-old in dressing room

Thirteen year old told to wear SPANX by store employee. (Source:Megan Naramore Harris/Facebook) Thirteen year old told to wear SPANX by store employee. (Source:Megan Naramore Harris/Facebook)

One mom speaking up after she says a Dillard's sales associated body shamed her 13-year-old daughter in the dressing room. 

Megan Naramore Harris had taken her daughter dress shopping for an upcoming formal. The mother asked her daughter to try on a dress different from her other picks. 

"I found this dress and asked her to try it on. She told me this was not her style, but tried it on for me," said Harris. "I told her how grown up it made her look. She smiled, told me this made her look too old but still she let me take a picture."

Soon after the picture was taken Megan and her daughter's smiles were wiped from their faces by a sales associate's unsolicited advice. 

Right after that the employee entered and told my daughter 'she needed to wear SPANX if she wanted to wear this dress.'

Megan told her daughter to leave the room and change while she addressed the employee. 

"I told the employee that my daughter was just fine without SPANX," Harris added. Mom says the employee continued to argue even after her daughter walked out.

Later that evening Megan took to Facebook to share the story and say what she wished she had said to the sales associate. 

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.

Megans' Full Facebook post:

Dear sales lady at Dillard's Towne East Mall,
This is my teenage daughter who wanted to try on dresses for an upcoming formal. I found this dress and asked her to try it on. She told me this was not her style, but tried it on for me. 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. Right after that, you entered and told my daughter she needed to wear SPANX if she wanted to wear this dress. I told my daughter to go change. I told you that she was just fine without SPANX. You continued to argue with me. We left soon after. 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. 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. I hope this is shared and gets back to you so that you should not say something like that to a girl ever again. You never know what negative or positive thoughts they are thinking about themselves.
Sincerely,
Mother of a beautiful girl

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