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Mother accuses clerk of 'fat' shaming her daughter

Mother speaks out after she says a sales woman 'fat' shamed her daughter (Photo: CNN)

WICHITA, Kan. (CNN) - A Wichita mom is furious after she says a sales associate at Dillard's shamed her daughter for her body type. Megan Naramore Harris was shopping with her daughter, Lexi, for a dress. They'd already found the one Lexi wanted, but tried on another red, formal dress just for fun. That's when the sales woman chimed in. "The sales lady walked in and told Lexi that, um, she did not look good in that dress," said Naramore Harris.

The mother of the teen won't repeat exactly what the woman said to her daughter, but her comments included calling Lexi 'fat' and telling her she needed to wear Spanx under her dress. "It was not a simple upsale. It was bodyshaming," she said.

Naramore Harris posted about the incident on her Facebook page, and her story has since been shared, liked and commented on thousands of times. She hopes she can spread awareness and can prevent other situations like this in the future. "I've known girls that cut themselves because of stuff like that. Or committed suicide," said Lexi Harris.

A Dillard's spokeswoman did get in touch with Naramore Harris and her daughter to apologize. She says the incident will be used as a teaching moment for other sales clerks. Dillard's also released this statement:

"At Dillard's, our mission is to help people feel good about themselves by enhancing the natural beauty in all of us ... it is certainly never our intent to offend our customers."

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