We live in an age where our every move is captured and shared with the world on social media, and it could be said that this has only perpetuated body image issues among our children and teens.


Insensitive words can have a major impact on our young and impressionable ones, and nothing has proven this quite like the story of Megan Naramore Harris and her teenage daughter.


Harris took to Facebook recently to call out a shop assistant for telling her daughter that she needed to wear the supportive underwear SPANX, writing an open letter to “the sales lady at Dillard’s Towne East Mall”.


Sharing a photo of her daughter wearing a beautiful red dress she was trying on for an upcoming formal event, Megan recalled the upsetting incident in full.


While the dress wasn’t her daughter’s first choice, the teen took Megan’s advice on board to try it on, and the mother complimented her teen over how ‘grown-up’ it made her look.


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


Enter the sales assistant, whose ill-thought comments struck a chord with Megan and her daughter – and not in a good way.


“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. We left soon after,” she wrote.


Calling the employee out for adding to the problem of low self-esteem and negative body image among young girls today, Megan urged her to be a bit more sensitive before passing comment on another girl’s appearance in future.


“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. 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,” Megan added.


She closed her letter with a very important message: “I hope this is shared and gets back to you so that you should not say something like that to a girl ever again. You never know what negative or positive thoughts they are thinking about themselves.”


The support that Megan and her daughter have received in the comment section of the now viral post has no doubt brought a silver lining to the incident, but the fact remains that she should not have had to post it in the first place.