#RockTheCrop: Women Fire Back After Blatant Fat Shaming In Oprah Mag

by Gillian Fuller

People are not happy with O, The Oprah Magazine right now.

In a recent issue, the magazine's creative director, Adam Glassman, answered a question about wearing crop tops by insisting only those with flat bellies should attempt to rock the trend.

The body-shaming answer prompted immediate backlash on social media, with many people expressing disappointment in the women's magazine's choice to include Glassman's ill-conceived response.

But on the other hand, the positive movement the comment spawned is both moving and inspirational.

Fashion blogger Sarah Conley took to her website, Style IT, to pen a reply to the fat-shaming advice.

I'll wear a crop top any day I like, and I don't need your approval to do so, O Magazine. No shame in my game. — Sarah Conley (@styleit) July 8, 2015

Conley wrote, “I was shocked to see this kind of body-shaming language from any magazine.”

.@TheRealAdamSays I emplore you to give me the opportunity to show your readers of all sizes how to rock the crop, flat stomachs or not. — Sarah Conley (@styleit) July 8, 2015

She asked her followers to take pictures of themselves wearing crop tops and post the photos to social media, along with #RockTheCrop.

Love to #rockthecrop? Tweet or tag me on Instagram in pics of you in a crop top for a post I'm working on! — Sarah Conley (@styleit) July 8, 2015

Conley's campaign quickly gained traction across several social media platforms.

@styleit there is nothing I like better than to #RockTheCrop — Becky Barnes (@mrsbebeblog) July 8, 2015

People of all sizes and shapes are now participating…

it's ok, ur boyfriend can pull it off for me. — stella (@stellaboonshoft) July 9, 2015

...and it's exactly what Conley hoped for.

Oprah's magazine says you have to have a flat stomach to wear a crop top ? — Currently eating (@rootbeerfloot) July 9, 2015

Even Tess Holliday, the plus-sized model behind #EffYourBeautyStandards, joined the movement.

Dear @Oprah anyone can wear a crop top. #effyourbeautystandards — Tess Holliday! (@Tess_Holliday) July 9, 2015

The magazine has yet to comment on its hurtful faux pas…

damn, @O_Magazine. i hate it had to be you. #effyourbeautystandards. #rockthecrop. — Bee. (@thedfff) July 8, 2015

...but it certainly learned its lesson.

Dear @Oprah @O_Magazine , Why Yes I Can Wear a Crop Top #RockTheCrop — Misti Schindele (@entertainista) July 8, 2015

People will not be silenced and will not be shamed.

Dear @oprahmagazine, my stomach is far from flat & I'm wearing a crop top! And it's see-through, oh my! #rockthecrop — Amanda Allison (@Amanda_Allison) July 8, 2015

Just continue to #RockTheCrop!

Citations: Body Shaming Advice In Oprah Magazine Has Resulted In A Badass Movement (BuzzFeed)