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Woman says clerk told her teen she couldn't wear a dress without Spanx

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Mom blasts store employee for body shaming her daughter

One awesome mom is teaching her daughter about the importance of body acceptance by speaking out against a store clerk who body-shamed her daughter.

Mom Megan Naramore Harris wrote an open letter to a sales associate at a Dillard's department store in Wichita, Kansas. The mother and daughter duo went to the store recently to try on dresses for an upcoming formal dance. Harris asked her daughter to try on a dress that "was not her style," but she did to humor her mom.

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"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," she wrote. That's when the associate allegedly inserted her two cents. "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."

Dear sales lady at Dillard's Towne East Mall, This is my teenage daughter who wanted to try on dresses for an upcoming...

Posted by Megan Naramore Harris on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

It's one thing to offer opinions when asked, but it sounds like the comments were completely unsolicited.

Harris said they "left soon after," but she has some regrets about the interaction. "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, adding that her tall daughter is an active girl who runs, dances, swims and practices yoga.

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Harris closed by saying she hopes the message gets back to the clerk — and there's a pretty good chance, given that the post has been shared almost 20,000 times.

"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," she wrote.

This mom... this mom gets it.

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