O magazine finds itself in a bit of trouble over a feature it ran saying that only people with flat stomachs should wear crop tops. Naturally, such a declaration sparked the ire of the Internet, which called out the feature for body shaming. In response, women all over social media rocked their crop tops to show that you don’t need to have Rihanna’s midsection to nail the trend.
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.
Plus-size blogger Sarah Conley got wind of the feature and penned a post decrying its tone. “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,” she wrote. “Flat stomachs are like thigh gaps – we’re not all meant to have one. I know women who have worked out four hours a day, five days a week in pursuit of that dream only to be thwarted by genetics. But the good news is that crop tops can work for any woman.”
Obviously, anyone can wear a crop top and it can actually be quite flattering – no matter what your body type. Realizing its misstep, O has already come forward to apologize. “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,” it said in a statement. “We appreciate the feedback and will be more mindful going forward.”
If any good has come out of this debacle, it’s the inspiring photos of women of all sizes proudly wearing their crop tops to prove they can wear whatever they want. #rockthecrop is officially a movement. Below, a few of our faves.
— Jacquina (@jacquina) July 9, 2015
— Hazel Eyes (@Blondiemocha) July 9, 2015
— Re Fab (@ReFab_) July 9, 2015
— BKJ (@FatabulouslyMe) July 9, 2015
— Zadry Ferrer-Geddes (@ZadryG) July 8, 2015
— Jeniese Hosey (@Jeniese) July 8, 2015
— Fran Hayden (@frannnh) July 9, 2015