As a child, we usually learn not to have preconceived opinions and judge people according to their appearance. Everyone is perfect in their own little way, and we all have unique features that make us who we are!
Nevertheless, we are always faced with prejudices. There are people looking at us judgingly, talking behind our backs, or throwing out bad comments – because of how we look, dress or talk.
That’s why it made me so happy to read this story, that the manager of a clothes store shared on Facebook. The story is an important lesson that we should all take a moment to reflect over – and also to share, to give other people out there a chance to be a little more thoughtful!
A couple years ago, I was a manager for a fashionable plus size clothing store. I absolutely loved it. The bad customers were bad (as expected) and sometimes awful (also as expected) but at least they gave me something to laugh about with my co workers. However, the good customers… they were why I worked there.
One day, a woman in her mid-40s came in with her husband and three boys. She was wearing a pullover and baggy jeans. She was sweet, but very reserved about trying on clothes. She told me that she hadn’t purchased women’s clothing for several years and was hoping I could help her with jeans.
Regardless of her weight, she was an extremely beautiful and darling woman. Her family was super supportive of helping her regain some of her self esteem.
I was pumped to help her out. A process this big was going to take a while, so I urged her family to wait on the supplied benches while she and I got to work. So: we shopped, grabbing some cute tops and fun bras. We talked about how to build wardrobes and mix-and-match pieces, and then we got to the danger zone: jeans.
I guessed that she was about a size 18-20 and after discussing different cuts of denim, we settled on higher rise, high stretch skinny jeans: they would accommodate her proportionately small waist and large posterior.
We got into the fitting room and I eagerly coaxed her to try on one of the outfits I had picked out for her. A few moments later, she called me over to come into the fitting room. I slipped inside to see her.
“I haven’t felt this beautiful for a long time,” she said to me. There were tears in her eyes and a huge grin on her face.
I motioned for her husband and kids to come see. As soon as the husband saw her, he choked up.
I couldn’t get over the grin on his face. There was so much love in his eyes. “You look absolutely gorgeous, babe,” he said.
They ended up getting her an almost entirely new wardrobe. I’ve never seen a happier family.
I accept you, and you get the same respect from me whether you are black, white, gay, straight, Asian, bisexual, Australian, tall, fat, whatever it is. We are all people, and I look at the people of the world the same way, as my brothers and sisters.
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This woman makes a point that I think many out there wwill be happy to read: one should never judge a book after the cover, but treat our fellow human beings as the people they are and not what they look like!
Now I want to help this woman share her message futher to people on Facebook. It doesn’t cost anything, but hopefully it’ll make the world just a little bit lighter!