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. 👊🏽👊🏾👊🏿👊🏻👊🏼👊
This type of body-shaming is surprising from a publication run by Oprah Winfrey, as we've been there with her through her own physical ups and downs. And as Ms. O is currently plus-size, it's hard to imagine the editor that approved this piece telling her not to wear something based on her body. Sarah Chiwaya of Curvily agrees, saying, “The thing about this that really bothers me is that O framed this in terms of acceptable vs. unacceptable bodies, when they could have been offering helpful advice.” She added, “Frame it in terms of comfort, not restrictions. For example, if you are uncomfortable showing your belly, pair a longer crop with a high-waisted skirt so only a peek of skin is showing. Or if you don't like showing your back, wear a crop top under a semi-sheer kimono for a bit of coverage while keeping things light and fun.”
The truth is that crop tops, just like every item of clothing, can be worn by every type of body — it's all about how you choose to wear it. “If you want to have fun in a trend, dip your baby toe, or go balls to the wall, do it!" explains Marie Denee, blogger of The Curvy Fashionista. “As plus women have been subjected to so many rules, it's no wonder how buyers, brands, and designers have so much trouble figuring out what we like, now that we've embraced — and are in the process of embracing — our bodies. To blatantly give exhausted advice about a crop top is lazy. How about: Show options for different levels of comfort?”
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