Mom posts scathing letter after sales clerk body shames 13-year-old daughter

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WICHITA, Kan. — A Wichita mom’s letter to a sales clerk at a department store is going viral after she says the clerk told her 13-year-old daughter that she needed to put on a pair of SPANX.

Megan Harris and her teen daughter, Lexi, went shopping at Dillard’s in Towne East Square searching for the perfect dress for a school formal. But their trip was far from perfect.

The mother found a long red dress she thought her daughter would look amazing in. Lexi didn’t love the dress, but agreed to try it on so her mom could take a picture.

That’s when a sales clerk walked in and said if Lexi wanted to wear the dress, she should wear a pair of SPANX.

SPANX is an intimate apparel company that sells slimming undergarments and body shapers for men and women.

Harris told the clerk her daughter was perfect the way God made her, but says the clerk continued to argue with her saying “not-so-nice things about her body, her body type.”

The mother and daughter left the store empty-handed and frustrated.

A few days later, Harris wrote a letter to the clerk and posted it on Facebook.

“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.”

The post has been shared over 40,000 times and has over 250,000 likes.

KAKE News contacted Dillard’s about the incident and Julie Johnson Bull, a corporate spokesperson 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.”

Harris said Dillard’s staff had contacted her, said they were very kind and plan to use this as a talking point for their employees.