A problematic piece of advice in O, The Oprah Magazine has sparked a really awesome movement!
Brooklyn writer Tamar Anitai posted a screengrab from a style Q&A the publication ran in a recent issue that encouraged readers to try a crop top "If (and only if!) you have a flat stomach."
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"Surprised to see this level of #bodyshaming in Oprah Magazine," Anitai wrote in her caption. "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."
The controversy wound up sparking an awesome movement of women posting pictures wearing crop tops, hashtagged, #RockTheCrop
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Size 22 model Tess Holliday also joined in, tweeting, "Dear @Oprah anyone can wear a crop top. #effyourbeautystandards."
In a statement to ET, a spokesperson for O, The Oprah 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."
Go for the crop!
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