So this is a story that has been making the rounds, but nearly everyone else is talking about this from their perspective, and some add .GIFs in an attempt to get some laughs and humor in a story that should be about the serious issues and body image struggles facing young women today.

We love stories here, and often stories are best told by those who lived them. All we’ll say is that this lovely young woman is Sherene Marie Zarrabi and until recently she was working at the Dainty Hooligan in Stillwater, Oklahoma where she would sometimes wear the store’s clothing and post it to Instagram to help customers.

But then, Sherene got a shocking e-mail from her boss…

“Hello,

Something I want to make sure you keep in mind: I want size small, the stereotypical ‘model’ type to model our clothes. Please use our pictures of our models if Stillwater can’t find someone who would be considered ‘model material.’ This is not to put anyone down but to communicate the expectations of presenting our brand.

Don’t take it personal. All I ask is for really good representation. In exchange for the freedom, I ask you to take down all pictures of anyone that doesn’t fit the criteria.”

Sherene’s response…

“I just want to start by saying this: I am fully comfortable with who I am and the way I look. I have recently been attacked and discriminated against by the owner of Dainty Hooligan. She went on our stores Instagram and deleted all of the pictures where I was modeling the clothing and then sent this email to my manager. I do not want to respresent or support a business that has such archaic values and beliefs. THIS is the reason young girls have body image issues. This is disgusting. I quit immediately and I suggest that my friends and family do not support Dainty Hooligan. Love yourself, no matter what you look like.”

This is an email I was forwarded earlier. I just want to start by saying this: I am fully comfortable with who I am and…

Posted by Sherene Marie Zarrabi on Monday, February 1, 2016

Good for her! Too many young women these days are under intense pressure to conform to photoshopped ideals of beauty, and are constantly having bodily “flaws” pointed out to them. Hopefully seeing Sherene take a stand against it is empowering to young girls out there, and we wish her the best of luck at her new – and less discriminatory – workplace.