Megan Harris took her teen daughter shopping for a formal dress in their home state of Kansas last week. The event should've been a fun mother-daughter bonding session, but the idyllic moment went sour when they encountered a rather opinionated sales lady at Dillard's. Harris took to Facebook to express her very logical thoughts over the incident.
Dear sales lady at Dillard's Towne East Mall,
This is my teenage daughter who wanted to try on dresses for an upcoming formal. I found this dress and asked her to try it on. She told me this was not her style, but tried it on for me. I told her how grown up it made her look and she smiled, and told me this made her look too old but still, she let me take a picture. Right after that, you entered and told my daughter she needed to wear SPANX if she wanted to wear this dress. I told my daughter to go change. I told you that she was just fine without SPANX. You continued to argue with me. We left soon after. 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. I hope this is shared and gets back to you so that you should not say something like that to a girl ever again. You never know what negative or positive thoughts they are thinking about themselves.
Mother of a beautiful girl
Firstly, Harris's daughter looks great. Red is definitely her color. More importantly, she's lucky to have a mom willing to publicly address body-shaming sales ladies who are still under the delusion Spanx do anything. Unlike many teen daughters, this girl agrees that her mom is the best.
A few things I need to say: People have said that I should be ashamed for embarrassing my daughter. SHE IS NOT EMBARRASSED, SHE IS EMPOWERED!!!
First, I ONLY posted this with permission from my daughter! It was her choice. PLEASE KEEP SHARING!!
Second, please know I do not want this lady fired! That being said...
Third, the entire conversation was I had with the sales lady, I will NOT repeat, but I can ASSURE you it was not a basic up sale. I have been in sales before and know the difference between a pushy sales person trying to make a sale and someone who has gone beyond the point of being rude.
Just needed to put that out there. Thank you!
Three cheers for mother-daughter empowerment!