Brynne Huffman stood in line at her local UPS store, waiting to drop off a package when another customer struck up a conversation. It started off pleasant: The woman kindly complimented Huffman's hair...but then quietly added, "You should probably rethink the shorts."
The 39-year-old was wearing a pair of mid-thigh jean shorts that she had hesitated to buy in the first place. Still, it was a bit of a shock to hear. "I thought to myself silently, 'Did she really just say what I think she said? Did I misunderstand her?'" she told TODAY. But Huffman refused to let that be the end. "I thought, 'I'm not going to let this lady chase me out of there."
Despite wanting to run out of the store, Huffman stood her ground. After seeing the body-shamer was ironically wearing a shirt that wore the word "Coexist" written across it (paired with several religious symbols), Huffman replied, "You should probably rethink your shirt," and promptly turned around to ignore the woman the rest of the time she was in the store.
"Gender doesn't matter. Race doesn't matter. Religion doesn't matter. Sexual orientation doesn't matter. But fat? Apparently fat matters," she later wrote of the experience in a Facebook post that has now gone viral.
Thousands of people have shared their support for the mother of two, who started The Body You Have, a closed Facebook group that hopes to give other women like her a chance to celebrate each other. "I want to have an ongoing commentary in a safe place about what's going on in my life, along with suggestions from other people about how to love yourself, shop for clothes you love and feel as beautiful as you are," she tells TODAY.
And for that, we just really want to give a slow clap, followed by plenty of raise the roof emojis.