A spokesperson for O, The Oprah Magazine is apologizing after the publication’s creative director Adam Glassman was accused of body shaming. In a Q&A segment featured in the June 2015, a reader asked:
“Can I pull off a crop top?”
“If (and only if) you have a flat stomach.”
Women on social media lashed out at the magazine’s assertion using the #RockTheCropTop. Instagrammer Tamar Anitai wrote:
“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.”
Other women responded by flaunting their best crop top photos.
Earlier this week, the publication responded to the backlash with an apologetic statement.
“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. We appreciate the feedback and will be more mindful going forward.”