24-year-old Jessica Portelli was shopping for bathing suits in a Matalan department store in Brighton, England, when another customer body shamed her right to her face, reports the Daily Mail. A girl actually told her that girls "like her" shouldn’t wear bikinis. WHAT?!
Jessica posted the whole story to her Facebook page, which has been shared more than 1,300 times. It reads:
"I don’t usually post such pictures of myself on Facebook however what happened today should be shared to raise some awareness. The girl at the store today said that ‘girls like me’ shouldn’t wear a bikini. Well girl let me tell you something, I’m happy with myself and my biiiigggg tummy with tiger stripes but you could have said the same thing to the girl who finally got out there and had the courage to wear a bikini and you just killed her confidence with one stupid comment. You can be any size and look good. Confidence is what makes you sexy and not just being a size 6. Thank you for fat shaming me, thanks to you I got an awesome discount on my bikini. Much love. *#Fat*,*#confident*, girl. Xxx."
The discount that Jessica is talking about came courtesy of an awesome store employee who was horrified by that other customer’s rude comments. "The man in there who offered the discount was so nice to do so but I wasn’t bothered by what the woman had said, it just went straight over my head," Jessica told the Daily Mail.
"When the woman said it to me, I just responded straight away telling her, ‘Girls like her shouldn’t be telling girls like me what they can wear,’" Jessica adds. So she held up the bikini to show the customer, and walked right into the dressing room to try it on.
"I told her that I’d prove her wrong so confronted her when I had the bikini on," Jessica said. "I told her I was happy in my own body and that I love the way I look."
Who has the last laugh now?
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