Style rules are made to be broken. And ANY fashion or style risks considered as such because of body shape or size? Psh. Models like Tess Holliday, Ashley Graham and Denise Bidot have taken over our feeds and our social media accounts with body positive messaging that has paved the way for major change in the worlds of modeling, fashion and beyond. But while the media IS shedding its constricting and passé limitations of what was considered beautiful, we’re still sometimes amazed at what a magazine (or YouTube commenter) has to say about what women should or shouldn’t wear.
Brooklyn-based writer Tamar Anitai was flipping through a copy of Oprah’s O Magazine when she found a shocking bit of body shaming happening in a fashion Q&A column. She snapped a picture and uploaded the pic to her Instagram with this inspiring caption:
“Surprised to see this level of #bodyshaming in Oprah magazine. The feature is about women feeling healthy. Part of health is self-esteem and that’s intrinsically connected to body image. Stop telling women what they CAN’T wear. We can wear and do and be ANYTHING that makes us feel strong, powerful, passionate and in charge of our own destinies. I hope young women and women of any age don’t feel like they’re restricted by editorially imposed fashion ‘rules.’ The only rules are there are no rules. Wear what you love, what makes you feel confident, and own it. Confidence is power, and it’s contagious.”
Her friend and plus-size fashion blogger Sarah Conley then wrote a post regarding the Q&A and called for women to start using the hashtag #rockthecrop top to show the world that women of every size (not just those with flat bellies) can pull off a crop top and look amazing doing it. Women of the Internet listened and rose to the occasion. Check out some of the incredible responses on Twitter:
Now, we’re not saying Oprah shares the views of whoever the writer was who answered that fashion question, but the world wants a response. Hey O, what’s up?
Will you be #rockingthecroptop? Tell us in the comments below!