Uh oh. Oprah seems to have gotten herself into some hot water. In a recent issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, a reader wanted to know the best way to wear a crop top. Being Oprah’s magazine, you would think the answer would be positive and open, but instead it took body shaming to another level. Here’s their answer: “if (and only if!) you have a flat stomach, feel free to try one.”
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. 👊🏽👊🏾👊🏿👊🏻👊🏼👊
An answer like this printed in any magazine is shocking, let alone O. Oprah stands for the empowerment of women and this is just the complete opposite. Users on Instagram and Twitter are firing back (rightfully, so!) at this shameful comment using the hashtag #RockTheCrop.
In the latest issue of @oprahmagazine, the question, 'Can I pull off a crop top?' was asked and the answer given really threw me. 'If (and only if!) you have a flat stomach, feel free to try one'. To think that such a huge magazine could actually print something like that, and spread a message of hatred and loathing, is unbelievable to me. You can wear whatever the hell you want. No one can dictate your choices and no one can strip you of your right to feel and be beautiful. Only love can drive out hate, love yourself and respect others as well. Crop tops are hella cute, and you should feel hella damn cute wearing them, whatever size you are. Spread love, cherish yourself and yes, you can pull off a crop top. #effyourbeautystandards #rockthecrop @effyourbeautystandards
Excuse me @oprah …. Aren't you supposed to be empowering women? I didn't know we needed permission and a flat stomach to wear what we want. I'm wearing a crop top every day the rest of the month… I would have regardless 😝#cropgate #rockthecrop #tbt #croptop #effyourbeautystandards #celebratemysize #honormycurves #omagazine
Yes We Absolutely Can!! My size 18 5"11 frame rocks a crop top with the best of them!! #plussize #mytummyisyummy #effyourbeautystandards #celebratemysize #sorrynotsorry #curvy #confidence #blogger #psblogger #style #fashion @plusmodelmag Love what @popupplusny had to say on the subject! #Repost @popupplusny ・・・ To @oprahmagazine: We realize that people have perceptions of size, what's perfect in your eyes, is a size 2, no bumps, no roles, but that is not reality! It's because of these preconceived notions that US, GIRLS, grow up to be women with issues and low self esteem. Forget what the world told you about your body, embrace and love yourself! Any woman big, small, stout, flat stomach, all stomach can wear a crop top! At #popupplusonline our models Are diverse, representative of the true makeup of the world! Please, please get with the program and realize that there is no singular image of beauty…but diversity is really what is true beauty! #croptopsforall #pullingoffacroptop #rockthecrop #alwaystrending @oprah
— Sarah Conley (@imsarahconley) July 8, 2015
Ladies, don’t let anyone tell you what you can and cannot wear! If you want to wear a crop top, then wear one. Do you, girl.
UPDATE: Hearst Magazine has since released a statement regarding this issue.
“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.”
The magazine doesn’t seem to really even be apologizing, in my opinion, but I guess it’s better than nothing!