Being publicly shamed for being "fat" is a scenario about which most women have nightmares. The nightmare actually happened to Brynne Huffman when she wore a pair of mid-thigh denim shorts on an errand. Huffman was at a packaging and shipping store. She was sandwiched between two women—one older and one younger. Huffman struck up a conversation with the older woman in line in front of her. The two chit-chatted about the mundane things in life like the weather and their children.

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When it was time for Huffman to be helped by the shipping store staff, she turned around and gave a friendly smile to the woman behind her. The younger woman, who Huffman describes as in her 30s, met her smile with snark. She said to Huffman, "Your hair really is amazing. You should probably rethink the shorts though.'" Huffman was livid and told the woman, who was wearing a “Coexist” shirt to rethink her shirt.

Huffman shared her tale of the the heated, but brief exchange and a photo of herself in her outfit with Love What Matters on Facebook. She said in the post, “Listen, people. Especially women. Plus sized doesn't necessarily mean unhealthy. Plus sized doesn't necessarily mean lazy. Plus sized doesn't mean ugly or undesirable or untalented or uncoordinated or LESS. THAN. HUMAN.”

She continued, “You might have an issue with my body. I don't. And I've worked very hard past judgmental family and friends, past divorce, past depression to NOT have an issue with my body. Women. Do not tear each other down. Celebrate each other. Every day."

The response that she has received has been astounding. Not only did people such as Facebook user Carol Martin think Huffman looked gorgeous in her shorts, they really appreciated the message in her post.

Jan Lynch commented, “I once told a coworker that I loved her outfit. It was a beautiful fall day and her choice of clothing fit the day perfectly. She told me she felt frumpy right up until that moment, those few words made all the difference for her. Point is, speak kindly, for you never know how your words can change someone's outlook. Ps, I love your outfit too, you look fantastic! ;)


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