Many were outraged when Oprah Magazine — also known as O Magazine — insisted that only skinny girls can get away with wearing crop tops.
According to the post printed in a recent issue of the magazine, someone asked: “Can I pull off a crop top?”
The answer was brief and to the point.
“If (and only if!) you have a flat stomach, feel free to try one. For more coverage, layer the top over a longer shirt…”
Women reacted to the advice from the magazine’s creative director, Adam Glassman. Many were shocked to see what they view as “body shaming” shining through in the response. The Oprah Magazine fashion expert saying that only skinny girls, or women, can get away with wearing crop tops spurred a number of Instagram users to post photos of themselves wearing them. Women with full figures flaunted their bodies in crop tops combined with skirts, shorts, and leggings. They were sending a message of acceptance and empowerment as O Magazine took a backlash from the women, Today reports.
Fashion Binge blogger Tama Anitai told Today that she was shocked when she saw the statement in Oprah Winfrey’s magazine.
“Women’s bodies are commoditized and scrutinized from the minute we wake up, before we get out of bed in the morning. It’s endless and exhausting. It’s so hard to get out of the narrow mind set of ‘normal’ bodies and sizes, and the mental and physical damage that can do to young women can last a lifetime.
Women should feel inspired and proud to wear anything that makes them feel strong and beautiful without being told there are rules for any body types.”
Several other well-known, popular bloggers put their two cents in as well — especially Tess Holliday. She launched the #SimplyBikini movement and posted the above seen image on Instagram with the hashtag #effyourbeautystandards. Holliday captioned it with: “Dear
@Oprah anyone can wear a crop top. #effyourbeautystandards”.
As Us Weekly reports, O Magazine has heard the complaints and issued a statement.
“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.”
What do you think of The Oprah Magazine stating that only skinny girls and women should wear crop tops? Is it a form of fat-shaming we’re seeing?
[Photo Credit: Tess Holliday / Twitter]