Uh-oh! The Oprah Magazine recently landed in some hot water, thanks to a snippet of shameful fashion advice. Luckily, they saw the error of their ways and apologized.
O didn’t mean to, but they accidentally started another body-positive movement when they rudely suggested that only flat-tummy-sporting women should rock crop tops. The incident happened in a recent issue of the magazine within their Q&A section. The question was simple, “Can I pull off a crop top?” The answer should have been simple, too. Instead, the writer for the section followed up with a fat-shaming and rather judgmental answer. “If (and only if!) you have a flat stomach, feel free to try one,” the magazine suggested. Um, what?
One reader stumbled across O‘s terrible advice, took a snap of the section and posted to Instagram to unleash her (rightful) anger on the subject.
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Surprised to see this level of #bodyshaming (👎🏻) in Oprah magazine. The feature is about women feeling healthy. Part of health is self-esteem and that's intrinsically connected to body image. Stop telling women what they CAN'T wear. We can wear and do and be ANYTHING that makes us feel strong, powerful, passionate and in charge of our own destinies. I hope young women and women of any age don't feel like they're restricted by editorially imposed fashion "rules." The only rules are there are no rules. Wear what you love, what makes you feel confident, and own it. Confidence is power, and it's contagious. 👊🏽👊🏾👊🏿👊🏻👊🏼👊
It wasn’t long until her post had turned into outrage across the internet. Women of all shapes and sizes took to Instagram to post pictures in crop tops and “letting it all hang out” using the hashtag, #RockTheCrop. The response was overwhelming and, honestly, rather inspiring. We’re often our own biggest critics, but this fast and furious movement really showed women how to have confidence in their own skin. There wasn’t a bit of hate or fat-shaming to be seen amidst the beautiful pics.
To be fair, a spokeswoman for O has issued a statement. The magazine said, “We support, encourage and empower all women to look great, feel confident and live their best lives — in this case, we could have expressed it better. We appreciate the feedback and will be more mindful going forward.”
We take minor issue with this, though. “We could have expressed it better” seems to imply that they wrote something vague and it was misconstrued. No. “If (and only if!)” seems pretty adamant to us. It also seems like the exact opposite of support, encouragement or empowerment.