A selfie taken by a woman shopping at Old Navy went viral this week and spread a positive message in the process.
Rachel Taylor, a 25-year-old photographer, said she was shopping in an Old Navy store when she overheard a teenager and her mother make a hurtful joke about plus-sized clothing.
“The girl picked up a plus-size tank top, showed it to her mom and said, ‘Look! Me and So-and-so can fit in this tank top!’ Her mom laughed and said, ‘Yeah, you could! That thing is huge!’” Taylor recounted on a Facebook post to Old Navy.
The young woman was so hurt by the comments that she left the store, sat in her car and cried before eventually going back inside.
Ultimately, Taylor decided to try on the very top that the girl and her mother were joking about.
“I ended up buying that tank top because, it turns out, I look fierce in it!” she wrote in her Facebook post. “Be kind. Think about others before you speak. And if someone hurts you, you have to move on.”
Taylor’s post quickly went viral, garnering over 240,000 likes and more than 11,000 shares. Old Navy applauded Taylor for her empowering message.
“Rachel, you are amazing,” the company said. “We want to celebrate your fierce style by sending you a gift card.”
Taylor later responded to the post, and addressed those who criticized her.
“First, thank you so much for all the kind words and for sharing your stories in turn. I never, ever, ever imagined that more than a few people would see this picture (I never see anything posted to Old Navy’s timeline) but I appreciate the sweet comments all the same,” she wrote.
“However, posting a photo on social media is NOT an invitation to criticize, ridicule, or judge someone. Calling me a crybaby, telling me to save my shopping money for therapy, telling me to “do something” about my weight… what does that accomplish other than making yourself look like a fool?
"Sitting behind a keyboard commenting on someone else’s life doesn’t make you superior; it makes you a troll. Also, I don’t want any handouts from anyone, nor would I accept it. There are far too many people who need clothes, and I can buy my own.”
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