Rachel Taylor – a shopper at American clothes shop Old Navy, in Louisiana – took a stand against hurtful bullies this week when she overheard disparaging comments about her weight.
Shortly before posting a full-body selfie in an American flag vest, Taylor encountered a mother and daughter having a conversation about the plus-sized garment, which reduced her to tears.
“Today I was shopping in Old Navy, standing between a teenage girl and her mom,” Taylor wrote on Facebook. “The girl picked up a plus-size tank top, showed it to her mom and said, ‘Look! Me and so-and-so can fit in this tank top!’ Her mom laughed and said, ‘Yeah, you could! That thing is huge!'”
Old Navy, thank you for having adorable clothes for all shapes & sizes. I’d like to tell you the story behind this tank…
The Louisiana-based wedding photographer shared the photo of her wearing the vest on her Facebook page, but then decided to also post it onto Old Navy’s timeline to thank them for their range of plus-size clothes.
When she woke up the next morning, her photo had sparked a social media storm – it was liked over 86,000 times and was shared 2,400 times.
“I ended up buying that tank top because, it turns out, I look fierce in it!” Taylor wrote on Facebook. “Be kind. Think about others before you speak. And if someone hurt you, you have to move on.”