The fashion world may be furious over an "advice" column in O, The Oprah Magazine's April 2015 issue, but they are responding in the best way possible.
The column featured a Q&A with the magazine's creative director Adam Glassman about wearing crop tops. According to the magazine, you should only wear crop tops if you have a "flat stomach."
Brooklyn writer and Instagram user Tamar Anitai initially noticed the column and says she was surprised to see this level of body shaming.
"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," she wrote on her page.
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. 👊🏽👊🏾👊🏿👊🏻👊🏼👊
Following her post, dozens of women of all shapes and sizes began posting chic photos of themselves wearing crop tops along with the hashtag #RockTheCrop. The hashtag is meant to inspire, educate and remind the fashion industry that fashion is versatile and diverse, and a trend like a crop top, for example, can be interpreted in any way.
Buzzfeed reached out to the magazine for comment, and people at O did recognize concern over the column.
"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," a representative for the magazine told the site.
While the original writer hasn't formally acknowledged the controversy surrounding his piece, he has responded to some comments on Twitter:
Take a look at some of these women rocking their crop tops the best way possible. Join in on the hashtag on Instagram.
I'm so thrilled that this terrible fashion advice has started such an amazing #bodypositive conversation and movement! I struggled so much with being a bigger girl my whole life. Only in the last year have I been able to embrace more of my body. I try my hardest to exude as much #confidence as possible but i still have my ups and downs. I want to say thanks to #Omagazine for write such a ridiculous piece because it's definitely giving me even more incentive to #rockthecrop #stickinittotheman #killinit #ilikemygirlsbbw #fuckaflatstomach #honormycurves #effyourbeautystandards #goldenconfidence #confidentlycurvy #ifandonlyifiwantto
FLAT TUMMIES ONLY 👉 Oprah and I, we've never seen eye to eye anyways. On a serious note, I am feeling all sorts' of feelings for this ridiculous article that clearly was written with complete and total ignorance. Crazy to think that body shaming is a thing and still happens in this day and age. it's not okay, it leaves scars, and it absolutely has to stop. The more these articles get published the less chance our little people have in growing up truly believing they're perfect just the way they're. #rockthecrop #bodyshaming #honoryourcurves
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