While we’ve seen the fashion industry take significant strides toward accepting bodies of all shapes and sizes, the issue continues to resurface. O Magazine shocked us all when a reader’s inquiry regarding whether or not she could pull off a crop top was published in the magazine’s April issue, followed by a prime example of body-shaming at its worst. “If (and only if!) you have a flat stomach,” they sloppily advised. The term foot-in-mouth comes to mind here.
You know what they say, hell hath no fury like a woman body-shamed, and beauty and tech blogger Sarah Conley was not going to let O off easy for their careless comments.
“Not only is the answer they give to their reader body-shaming,” Conley tells The Huffington Post, “but it’s totally inaccurate! Crop tops come in all silhouettes and can work for everyone. It’s just a matter of finding the perfect one for your body.”
When the crop top initially became fashion’s number-one it-item, I shied away from the half-a-shirt craze. College girlfriends of mine threw one on effortlessly before our weekly frat party ritual or occasional night out, and I couldn’t stop thinking about just how skinny they all were and the serious muffin top that would protrude if I were to wear one.
Recently I’ve given the trend a fair try and Conley is absolutely right. Crop tops are for every body, not skinny-specific. It really is all about finding your fit.
The social media queen reached out to her 22K Twitter followers, asking them to post photos of themselves in their crop tops, using the hashtag #RocktheCrop. Clever.
The #RocktheCrop movement has since flourished. Even plus-size model Ryan Maegen Hoven, also knows as Tess Holliday, who recently became the largest plus-size model to sign with a mainstream modeling agency, has joined the cause. Holliday got her two cents in by tweeting directly to Oprah herself, “anyone can wear a crop top. #effyourbeautystandards.”
— Tess Holliday 🥀 (@Tess_Holliday) July 9, 2015
— Taylor Bauer (@taylorbauer31) July 10, 2015
— mike wazowski (@urfavdad) July 9, 2015
It’s amazing that these women fight back against the well-known and generally respected publication. Because every body is a crop top body.
— lauren (@seinfeldbaze) July 9, 2015
— BKJ (@BombshellMonroe) July 9, 2015