A young woman has penned a powerful open letter to Victoria’s Secret claiming she was body-shamed by a sales assistant at a store in Cardiff, Wales.
Abbie Walsh-Greenfield, 20, said she was just browsing the store’s lingerie with a friend when an encounter with a sales assistant left her feeling shamed.
The UK woman said she wasn’t expecting necessarily to find items to fit her plus-sized frame, but had picked out a pair of “stunning” shorts she thought about trying on.
She quickly changed her mind after the sales assistant questioned her on her size.
Abbie said she was standing with her friend, shorts in hand, when a “very important looking and tall” sales assistant approached, stopping about 2m away.
“Hi.. Are you aware of the sizing in this store?” the sales assistant asked Abbie.
Describing the incident on her blog named ‘Dream0Graphy’, Abbie said she “stood there in silence for about 10 seconds” before responding she was aware and then “shuffled away, with my tail between my legs”.
“She smiled, and it just all of a sudden looked so fake. And she had a headset on that made her look so important, and the way she stood about a metre or two away from me, made me feel like she didn’t genuinely want to help me,” Abbie wrote.
"I didn’t even want to hold the shorts anymore... walking back over to the rail that I picked up the cutest bed shorts ever from, and I put them back down," she recalled.
Abbie said she chose not to make a complaint, but the incident had "ruined" her friend's experience at the store.
However, she was not about to let the interaction stop her from lingerie shopping.