On July 7, Tamar Anitai, a writer based in Brooklyn, posted a picture on Instagram of an advice column from the magazine which explained you could only "pull off" a crop top, "If (and only if!) you have a flat stomach."
The magazine has apologized in the wake of the hashtag movement and the coverage of it, telling Buzzfeed news, "We support, encourage and empower all women to look great, feel confident, and live their best lives — in this case, we could have expressed it better. We appreciate the feedback and will be more mindful going forward."'
O's swift and respectful response is a far cry from the sorry not sorry party line of Protein World's body shaming subway ads. It seems like we might be moving toward media listening to what their audience wants as far as body acceptance. At the very least, it's nice to see that no amount of advice will keep confident women from rocking their crop tops this summer.
So @oprahmagazine thinks that you can only wear a crop top if you have a flat stomach. I'm here to tell you not to buy into that bullshit. Just a friendly reminder that people trying to sell you their idea of "sexy" or "flattering" are making a lot of money off of your insecurities... That they themselves created within you, without your permission, and continue to perpetuate so you will keep buying, keep reading for tips on how to appear more socially acceptable, or keep looking for that miracle product that will keep you young and desirable. This is not the only atrocity you will see in a magazine today or tomorrow, but do yourself a favor: avoid them at all costs. There's not a problem with your body, there's a problem with society. The importance of "flattering" is a social construct we need to demolish. If you want to "pull off" a crop top, make sure you fit these guidelines... 1) You want to wear a crop top. 2) Put a crop top on your body. Go forth and #rockthecrop and fuck what anyone else thinks. Trust me, being content in the skin you are in will do more for you than any diet ever could. #bodypositive #croptopsareforeveryone #dietindustrydropout