The mother of a 13-year-old girl has written a scathing Facebook message to a department store worker who reportedly body shamed her daughter.
Megan Harris told Fox 8 that she and her daughter, Lexi, were shopping for a formal dress at a Dillard's department store in Wichita, Kansas, when the incident occurred.
Harris said she asked her daughter to try on a red floor-length dress that she thought looked good on her. Although Lexi did not love the dress, she tried it on to please her mother. Harris liked the dress on her daughter and took a picture of her wearing it.
It was then that a sales clerk approached them and told the girl that she needed to wear Spanx, a body-shaping undergarment, with the dress. Harris told the employee that she thought her daughter looked fine, but the woman kept on insisting that Lexi needed the Spanx.
Harris told her daughter to change out of the dress, and the two left the store.
Shortly after the incident, Harris posted a scathing letter on Facebook scolding the Dillard's employee for body shaming her daughter.
"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," she wrote in the Jan. 20 post.
"My daughter is tall, she swims, runs, dances and does yoga," Harris continued. "She's fit. She's beautiful. She did not need you telling her that she is not perfect."
The post has received over 300,000 likes and 50,000 shares in six days.
Commenters responding to the message said Lexi was "stunning" and congratulated her mother for "empowering young women."
When contacted by a local television network, Dillard's released this statement about the incident, according to Fox 8:
"At Dillard's, our mission is to help people feel good about themselves by enhancing the natural beauty found in all of us. 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. We have reached out to this customer and her daughter, and we appreciate the outreach of so many of our followers and customers to bring this issue to our attention."