A bride has left people shocked after suggesting her nine-year-old stepdaughter wears Spanx to her wedding.
The woman took to Facebook to share her predicament, saying she was struggling to find a dress for her soon-to-be stepdaughter because "nothing fits".
"I am in need of a flower girl dress for my soon to be stepdaughter. She's a thick girl. I have tried 'big girl youth sizes' and nothing fits her," the bride wrote. "I can't really go to her mum because (of) the typical new woman situation."
She then shared two photos of the young girl and shared a follow-up post asking: "Definitely not a body-shaming post. But how do y’all feel about a nine-year-old wearing a body shaper (girdle)?"
The woman explained the dress was "snug" on the girl and that Spanx would "smooth some of the edges".
"The dress cannot be taken out. And it is only snug in the waist area. Everything else fits perfectly. Wedding is five days [away]," she said, asking for "thoughts and suggestions".
The bride was inundated with criticism, with one commenter writing: "This right here is one of the main reasons girls have low self-esteem. If their mothers don’t accept them, who will?"
"Go get another dress, make sure your daughter is comfortable and she loves the dress, and keep your thoughts on it to your damn self," another added.
"Why people are so reluctant to buy the size that fits their kid. Stop taking your body issues out on your kids. It really messes them up," someone else wrote.
"She’s nine. It’s never OK to put a child in Spanx — ever. End of story," another said.
Others suggested this could lead the child to develop body dysmorphia or an eating disorder.
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