We all know we can be our own worst critic, but what about body-shamers? One mom's realization that she was the one judging her body, not an employee in a clothing store, is serving as a powerful reminder for women across the world to be kinder to themselves.
Constance Hall, a popular blogger in Australia, wrote that she was shopping for a dress, browsing through the size 6s and size 8s (comparable to size 2s and 4s in the U.S.), when a worker suggested she look in the racks where the larger sizes were kept.
Hall recalled her rapid response in a now-viral Facebook post: "That's cool. I AM a size 6."
"And that's when we shared one of those awkward moments, the ones where she knows I'm lying, I know that she knows that I'm lying, she knows that I know that she knows that I'm lying," Hall continued. "And I grabbed a size 6 dress to try on."
The dress, of course, didn't fit. And when she brushed it off as the wrong color on her way out of the dressing room, the employee's response — that Hall would look great in any color — caught her off guard.
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And that's when it hit her: The woman hadn't been body-shaming her.
"She was being practical," Hall wrote. "It was ME who body-shamed myself by taking offense!"
"Today was a reminder that NO dress sizes are BETTER than the OTHER," she added.
Thousands of people have shared and commented on Hall's story, some divulging their own dressing room tales.
"Today my husband took me dress shopping," one woman wrote. "I told him what size I thought I was and he brought me different dresses in a range of sizes. He looked at me with a smile and said don't look at the number and put it on. He's right — the number doesn't matter because I left the store with four beautiful dresses that are size 12, 14, and a 16. All fit fabulous!"
The moral of the story? Don't let the number on a tag define you, and don't be so hard on yourself. (Besides, we already know women's sizes are inconsistent!)