A US school Principal has come under fire for body-shaming female students.

At two separate assemblies South Carolina Principal, Heather Taylor, told a group of teenage students in the ninth and tenth grade that they shouldn’t wear leggings because they’re not flattering unless you’re thin.

“I’ve told you this before, I’m going to tell you this now, unless you are a size zero or two and you wear something like that, even though you’re not fat, you look fat,” Taylor can be heard telling students in a recording that was obtained by local news station WCBD-TV.

After the backlash from families, Taylor apologised to the students, but many parents say it’s just not good enough.

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Student Allison Veazy told WCBD-TV that it was hard for her not to take Taylor’s comments personally, since she often wears leggings.

“It was very hurtful. I felt like my size made me look disgusting towards someone in the clothes that I wear,” she said.

“I wear leggings outside of school and I wear leggings when I go and hang out with my friends, and to think that someone would think that I look like a stuffed sausage — that was kind of hurtful.”

One mum recently faced backlash after suggesting women should stop wearing leggings for the sake of men.

We have also shared previously how a high school principal told female students that dress code violations put “every male in this building in an awkward situation”. Read more here.

There was also the story of a public school principal that suggested a stricter dress code could prevent the sexual abuse of girls. Read that here.

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  • If it’s ok to wear to school with uniform policy then say nothing. If it’s a general statement then you have no right to make people uncomfortable in any item of clothing. People should wear what they want, what they are comfortable in, what suits their personality. It is no one else’s business


  • I agree with ashna9 – just say no leggings and leave it at that.


  • Oh dear!


  • Why not just say no leggings and leave it at that?


  • not good


  • I can understand the outrage. Its not okay in any way, shape or form to say stupid things like that to anyone. He was small minded thinking I assume at the time.


  • Unreal. Very inappropriate thing for a role model to say. If it’s allowed as part of the school uniform, then anyone can decide to wear them. I don’t think they would wear them if they thought they didn’t suit them. Her personal opinions should be kept to herself.


  • Any garment can be unflattering on some people at some times. It rarely helps to point this out. Leggings are comfortable and practical and I wear them regardless of appearance!


  • Comments like this is what makes young kids get eating disorders. She never should have said that, and needs to be held accountable for it


  • I don’t understand why so many people are against leggings. I noticed it at my daughter’s school too. No leggings allowed during school excursions. But leggings are so comfortable. If a child feels good in them, I don’t see any problem at all.


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