Oprah Magazine has been blasted on social media for body-shaming, and now the #rockthecrop movement has taken off in retaliation.
In the latest issue of Oprah’s magazine a reader wrote in to Creative Director Adam Glassman’s, asking for advice on whether or not she could pull off a crop top.
For a magazine targeted at women, which is supposed to be chocker-block with empowering body-image content, Glassman’s response really missed the mark.
“If (and only if!) you have a flat stomach, feel free to try one.”
Representatives from the plus-sized community have taken to social media to express their outrage, criticising the magazine’s pathetic attempt at enforcing out-dated fashion rules.
Tiny Red Shoes, a prominent plus-sized blogger, penned a response to the magazine, accusing them of misusing their position of influence with blatant fat-shaming.
Now hundred’s of women from all over the world, both plus and non-plus, have taken to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to defiantly post their own #RocktheCrop, #pullingoffacroptop and #celebratemysize images tagged to the magazine’s social media.
Well known plus-size blogger Marie Denee of The Curvy Fashionista, took to her blog in anger that the magazine had chosen to not empower, challenge, or inspire the reader.
“I take so much issue with this,” she wrote. “To blanketly give this piece of exhausted advice about a crop top is lazy. There are so many ways that she could have delivered empowering fashion advice (coming from Oprah’s Magazine which reads empowerment to me.)
“I mean, I am irked. In a time where the media has been pushing for size and racial diversity, self-acceptance, and inclusion- in a time where People, Style Watch, Glamour, and various other magazines have plus size columns and pages, why would you further marginalize your readers, women, and others who do not fit into YOUR ideal standard of beauty?
In a year that could be identified as a major turning point for body confidence, with plus models such as Tess Holliday dominating the internet, our pre-conceived definitions of beauty have undoubtedly shifted, leaving Glassman and his backward views very much in the middle ages.
With such an overwhelming positive response to a negative situation, it is clear that we are in a unique position to encourage each other to be comfortable in our own skin. To treat our clothing and fashion choices as an extensive of our personalities – something that nobody but ourselves has the right to try and change.
What’s your opinion? Do you wear crop tops? Do you think there should be rules about clothing?