WITCHITA, Kansas — A Kansas mother recently posted to Facebook to address an incident that happened while her 13-year-old daughter was shopping for a dress for her school dance.
Lexi Harris and her mom, Megan, had gone to Dillard’s to find the perfect dress.
Megan had picked out a long red dress for her daughter and had convinced her to try it on. Lexi tried it on, but the mother-daughter duo eventually agreed the dress was not exactly Lexi’s style.
“I said, ‘You look like you’re 25 years old. I can’t let you out in that,’” Megan said in an interview with BuzzFeed News.
Before taking the dress off, Lexi’s mom took a picture to show to family. Then, a saleswoman came into the dressing room and started making comments about Lexi’s appearance in the dress.
Megan told BuzzFeed that the saleswoman called her daughter fat and suggested that she wear Spanx with the dress.
They quickly left the store, shocked and upset by what the woman said.
Megan reached out to Dillard’s about what happened that day, and when she didn’t hear back from the department store, she posted the story to Facebook.
In the open letter to the store she wrote:
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
The story has since been shared more than 70,000 times.
A spokesperson from Dillard’s has reached out the Megan and her daughter about the incident.
“At Dillard’s, our mission is to help people feel good about themselves by enhancing the natural beauty found in all of us,” the spokesperson said in a statement to BuzzFeed. “We train our sales associates with the goal of creating a completely positive experience with each visit. It is certainly never our intent to offend our customers.”
Megan told BuzzFeed that the experience has been surprisingly positive for her daughter because so many people have reached out to support her.