Body-Shaming “Advice” In Oprah’s Magazine Has Resulted In A Badass Movement

According to O, The Oprah Magazine you can wear a crop top “if (and only if!) you have a flat stomach”.

1. Writer Tamar Anitai was flipping through an issue of O, The Oprah Magazine when she came across this style Q&A with the magazine’s creative director, Adam Glassman.

2. According to the magazine you should only wear a crop top if you have a flat stomach. Anitai responded to the “advice” by adding this caption to her Instagram:

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. 🏽🏾🏿🏻🏼

3. Fashion blogger Sarah Conley, who was tagged in Anitai’s post, took to her website, Style It, to reply:

Last night, my friend Tamar tagged me the above Q&A she came across while reading O, The Oprah Magazine. I was shocked to see this kind of body shaming language from any magazine, much less one named after a woman who has had her weight scrutinized throughout her career. Furthermore, I’d hoped in the era of the fatkini, plus size bloggers, and Instagram hashtags that we’ve moved beyond such narrow-minded thinking, but I can see now that it’s time for a show & tell.

4. She called for people to showcase their crop tops using the hashtag #RockTheCrop:

@styleit there is nothing I like better than to #RockTheCrop

— Becky Barnes (@mrsbebeblog)

7. Conley added:

The reason the #rockthecrop hashtag is so important to me is because women of EVERY size are using it on Instagram to show their beauty.

— Sarah Conley (@styleit)

8. She tweeted some of the crop tops to Glassman who responded simply by saying: “Bravo. And fun!”

Bravo. And fun! “@styleit: .@therealadamsays I hope you don't mind, but I RockTheCrop http://t.co/jg3Kr3lkuY ”

— Adam Glassman (@TheRealAdamSays)

9. People continued to fight back against the magazine’s body-shaming:

it's ok, ur boyfriend can pull it off for me.

— stella (@stellaboonshoft)

10. Plus-size model Tess Holliday, who started the #EffYourBeautyStandards movement, joined in:

Dear @Oprah anyone can wear a crop top. #effyourbeautystandards

— Tess Holliday! (@Tess_Holliday)

11. This Instagram user added: “Pretty sure you can wear whatever the fuck you want.”

12. Whether people are using #RockTheCrop or any of the other hashtags, the movement shows no sign of stopping.

13. Women are going against the magazine’s advice in the most badass way.

Oprah's magazine says you have to have a flat stomach to wear a crop top ?

— Currently eating (@rootbeerfloot)

update

BuzzFeed News reached out to O, The Oprah Magazine who 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.”

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Maggy Van Eijk is the UK social media editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
 
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