When Rachel Taylor went shopping for a 4th of July outfit at Old Navy, she wasn’t expecting to become and Internet celebrity. Unfortunately, her viral photo spawned from an experience that started out as a hurtful one. Luckily, Taylor had the presence of mind and grace to turn her negative shopping experience into a lesson. Her message is a powerful one, and it’s something we should all take some time to think about. See the photo and read Taylor’s thought-provoking words below.
**Rachel wrote this open letter to Old Navy on her Facebook page.** > Old Navy, thank you for having adorable clothes for all shapes & > sizes. I’d like to tell you the story behind this tank top and why > I’ll be rocking it tomorrow for July 4th. > > Today I was shopping in Old Navy, standing in between a teenage girl > and her mom. The girl picked up a plus-size tank top, showed it to her > mom and said, “Look! Me and So-and-so can fit in this tank top!” Her > mom laughed and said, “Yeah, you could! That thing is huge!” > > I couldn’t help it; I started crying. I guess the girl and her mom > walked away. I have no idea. My husband walked me out of the store to > the car. I sat in the car crying for a long time but eventually went > back inside to finish my shopping. > > I ended up buying that tank top because, it turns out, I look fierce > in it! > > Be kind. Think about others before you speak. And if someone hurts > you, you have to move on.