Oprah Winfrey has always been known as a smart, confident woman who helps other women feel good about themselves, so the fashion advice her namesake magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, gave in an issue caused quite a stir.
The magazine's Creative Director, Adam Glassman, advised readers to only wear a crop top "if (and only if!) you have a flat stomach" prompting Brooklyn-based writer Tamar Anitai to post the article on her Instagram page with the caption, "Surprised to see this level of #bodyshaming in Oprah magazine." #Yikes!
While this style Q&A was definitely a major blunder for Oprah Magazine, it did spark something positive online: the #RockTheCrop movement, where women are teaming up to fight against body shaming by posting pics of themselves wearing crop tops.
it's ok, ur boyfriend can pull it off for me. pic.twitter.com/GQIkMEiDQo
— stella (@stellaboonshoft) July 9, 2015
Sarah Conley of online fashion blog, Style It even tweeted a collage of really fun and chic ways plus-sized women can wear crop tops. Talk about fierce!
— Sarah Conley (@styleit) July 8, 2015
Plus-sized model Tess Holliday, who started the #EffYourBeautyStandards movement, also joined the movement, and posted this selfie:
— Tess Holliday! (@Tess_Holliday) July 9, 2015
Right now the #RockTheCrop movement shows no sign of slowing down, so if you have a super cute crop top you want to flaunt, don’t let anyone or anything stop you, regardless of your body type. Join the campaign and dress up however you want. It’s all about confidence and the right attitude.
O, Oprah Magazine reached out to Buzzfeed.com and said, "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.”