Standing in line at a post shop, Brynne Huffman was mortified to be told by a fellow customer that while her hair was "amazing" she needed to "rethink her shorts".

The 39-year-old actress and mother was stunned by the comment, but instead of going home and changing, she decided to take action.

In a lengthy post on Facebook which included her offending outfit, Huffman called for women to stick together.


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Brynne Ann Komonchak
about 9 months ago

Ok here goes. Read this. It's long. I don't care. I don't want sympathy. I don't want compliments. I want action. Read it.

Women. Please, I beg of you PLEASE do not tear each other down. There is so much hate in the world right now. Rape culture. Hating Islam. Hating LGBTQ. No more hate.

Today I put on a pair of mid-thigh denim shorts, a flowy white blouse, flip flops and left the house to run a couple errands.


Let me pause for a moment to tell you it took some courage to both purchase and wear said shorts because my legs, while tan from swimming and muscular from dancing, are (1) not where I would like them to be and (2) are not up traditional beauty standards (read: Photoshopped) because cellulite.

My second errand of the morning was a drop off at the UPS store. I stood in line between two women. Woman #1 in front of me was about sixty. As I took my place in line behind her, she smiled and complimented me on my tan and my hair. We chitchatted about the weather and children until it was her turn at the counter.

It the spirit of paying it forward, I turned to Woman #2 behind me and smiled. Woman #2 was probably about 30-35, very attractive, about a size 8, wearing a shirt that says "COEXIST".

She says: "Your hair really is amazing. ::cocks head to side:: "You should probably rethink the shorts though."

Yeah. Read that again.

My face instantly flushes, not out of embarrassment but anger. No, not anger. Rage. This as my head slowly tilts to the side. If you've seen me really angry you know what I mean.

My fists clenched up. I know this because I felt my nails digging into my palms. So many things ran through my head. Because I don't have time to get arrested today, what came out was this:

"You should probably rethink your shirt."

I turned around and ignored her until I left the store. I wanted to say more but was afraid, of all things, that I would start crying. All I wanted to do was go home and change my clothes. And THAT made me angry.

Gender doesn't matter.
Race doesn't matter.
Religion doesn't matter.
Sexual orientation doesn't matter.

But fat?
Apparently fat matters.

And I'll go a step further and say it especially seems to matter as an actress. Matter more than talent. Than attitude. Than pretty much anything else. Because fat girls are not believable heroines, ingenues, or objects of sexual desire. But that's a whole other post.

Listen, people.

Especially women.

Plus sized doesn't necessarily mean unhealthy.
Plus sized doesn't necessarily mean lazy.
Plus sized doesn't mean ugly or undesirable or untalented or uncoordinated or LESS. THAN. HUMAN.

You might have an issue with my body. I don't. And I've worked very hard past judgmental family and friends, past divorce, past depression to NOT have an issue with my body.

Women. Do not tear each other down.

Celebrate each other.

Every day.

#effyourbeautystandards #fatactress

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She explained her interaction at the post shop and that she took the remark about her shorts as being a comment on her weight.


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"It took some courage to both purchase and wear said shorts because my legs, while tan from swimming and muscular from dancing, are (1) not where I would like them to be and (2) are not up traditional beauty standards (read: Photoshopped) because cellulite."

Her original post has received 10,000 likes and 4,000 comments.

While most were in support of Huffman, some sparked debate about America's obesity epidemic.

Claudeson Azurin wrote: "We have an obesity epidemic that is burdening our healthcare system, and all everyone can do is tiptoe around the issue and lie to people's faces."

But the majority of people praised Huffman and told her to keep wearing her shorts. Pauleaan Tuivasa wrote: "You work them shorts girl."

And Kiwi woman Jude Catterick told Huffman she looks "gorgeous" and said she sees the same issue in New Zealand. "... I live in New Zealand and we have the same issues here... I have a partner who is pencil thin and 8 years younger than me, he always says that he doesn't want a 'pretzel' woman and brains to him are far more attractive than slimness. You go girl, you do look fantastic."

Since her encounter, Huffman has been inspired to start a Twitter account, @TheBodyYouHave and launched a website to promote the celebration of all shapes and sizes.