A writer named Tamar Anitai was flipping through "O Magazine" when she came across this gem:
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.
If (and only if!) you have a flat stomach, you can try a crop top. I don't have this issue of O Magazine in front of me, so it's hard to understand the context, but it seems very weird that someone would write to an advice column about whether or not they can "pull off" an item of clothing. How would you know by reading someone's email if they'd look good in something? Also, who read magazines anymore?
Oh, and terrible advice! Oprah herself, and magazines like O, are always championing body-positivity. This "advice" suggests a piece of clothing should come with a warning label for anyone above a size 2, in the middle of period bloat, or full from a hearty breakfast. Tamar Anitai lays it out pretty clearly in the caption of her Instagram post above:
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 post kicked off a fun new hashtag when Anitai's friend and fashion blogger Sarah Conley shared it on her website, saying:
Flat stomachs are like thigh gaps – we're not all meant to have one. I know women who have worked out four hours a day, five days a week in pursuit of that dream only to be thwarted by genetics. But the good news is that crop tops can work for any woman, and to prove that statement to Oprah, O Magazine, and whichever staffer answered that question, check out the gallery below. I pulled these photos from the Instagram accounts of ladies who were kind enough to share them with me, all in the name of #rockthecrop.
#RockTheCrop has gotten popular all over social media, and there are some great examples of how cute anyone can look in a slightly shorter t-shirt than is considered standard:
I really expected more from @oprahmagazine... How about I'll (and anyone can) wear whatever makes me/them feel beautiful and confident? If that's a crop top, fine. If not, fine. But saying you can only wear a crop top "if and only if" you have a flat stomach is body shaming. How are we as a society going to instill confidence and empower our younger generation when the media is constantly enforcing that a flat stomach or bigger boobs or a ridiculous thigh gap equals our worth?? Our girls are fighting anorexia, bulimia, depression, binge eating, cutting, and other serious issues because they don't fit into these impossible expectations we have for them. How are we going to inspire future world leaders and successful women in this toxic environment that empathizes unrealistic beauty standards over brains and health? @oprah of all people should realize this and be empowering women to do whatever makes them happy without fear of judgement or asking if they're worthy. I'll keep my non-flat stomach and wear crop tops all day, everyday proudly #ifandonlyifiwantto. @hannahccouture @estrellafashionreport #effyourbeautystandards #imnoangel #croptop #oprahmagazine #honormycurves #fffweek #fitformefffweek #plussizefashion #tbt #healthyisthenewskinny #ootd #healthycurves #model #plusmodel #plussizemodel #dorothycombsmodels #rockthecrop
Yassss!!!!! I love you Ingrid! #Repost @misswink13 with @repostapp. ・・・ With #CropGate going on, I could not resist putting together this little thing. That's a giveaway you should do, @oprah! @oprahmagazine #RockTheCrop #PullingOffACropTop #mybodymyrules #pizzasisters4lyfe #effyourbeautystandards #fatshion #bodypositive #allbodiesaregoodbodies #losehatenotweight
Again, Oprah is a celebrity who has been intensely scrutinized about her weight, so it's especially weird that this little bit of copy got through the editing process at her magazine. I bet nothing like it will in future! Let's all keep wearing whatever we want while we wait and see.