Megan Naramore Harris was shopping with her daughter, Lexi, for a dress Lexi could wear to an upcoming middle school formal. They had found another dress they liked at another store, but wanted to keep searching for the perfect one.
“For a teenage girl to find a dress immediately, it kind of takes the fun away from dress shopping,” Megan told KAKE News in Wichita. “So I grabbed a dress, and I begged her to try it on.”
“She tried it on, and walked out. She said, ‘Mom, this is not my dress.’ I said, ‘Well you look so pretty. Let me take a picture.’ ”
That’s when a saleswoman gave the unsolicited advice that Lexi, 13, should wear Spanx under the dress to look slimmer.
“In walked the sales lady and suggested that the dress was not very flattering to her,” Megan said. “I don’t want to say exactly what she said because it was extremely unkind. But, she said, she needed to wear SPANX.”
“I told my daughter to go change,” she writes. “I told you that she was just fine without SPANX. You continued to argue with me.”
“I wish I had told you how many girls suffer from poor self image and telling them they need something to make them perfect can be very damaging. If they feel good in a dress, that is all that should matter.”
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Julie Johnson Bull, a corporate spokesperson for Dillard’s, sent a statement to KAKE News about the incident, saying that they had reached out to Megan and Lexi and will bring it up during sales staff training.
Megan says they appreciate the positive response, both from Dillard’s and everyone who commented on her post.
“We don’t have any ill will to her as a person or even really the store,” Megan said. “It was a mistake. It was a very bad mistake, but again, we’re trying to use this as a positive, uplifting incident, not negative and slamming the store.”