Women of all ages are all too familiar with being judged by what they wear. It’s ridiculous. Unfortunately, teenagers can have it especially harsh, and it’s not only because of their peers. Just ask this 13-year-old who was shamed by her teachers for her new shirt.
Seventh grader Grace Villegas was excited to wear her new shirt to school this week.
It’s a cute shirt, right? The 13-year-old from Wichita, Kansas bought the Charlotte Russe top with her own money.
Grace’s teachers, however, didn’t approve of the top.
“I went into school and I received some looks from teachers, just not nice looks,” Grace told BuzzFeed News. Multiple teachers made negative comments about Grace’s shirt, even though she didn’t get into any formal trouble.
Grace’s 18-year-old sister Isabella heard what happened, and decided to address the problematic dress code by making an empowering shirt for Grace.
The shirt says, “Dress Code: -promotes the objectification and sexualization of young bodies -blames the wearer for the onlooker’s perceptions/actions -perpetuates rape culture -is B.S.”
Isabella shared her sister’s story on Twitter, where many expressed support for the sisters and the dress code-shaming shirt.
There were a few critics on Twitter, but Isabella shot them down.
People are hoping to buy the inspiring shirt, and Isabella is working on it.
Isabella explained some of the issues with dress codes to Yahoo Style: “Showing the girls that it’s their problem that the boys are getting excited, it’s their fault that the boys can’t handle it, taking time away from their education just so the boys can get a better education — it’s just teaching them so many things that are wrong.”
What an amazing sister.
Grace is keeping the shirt in her locker just in case a similar situation happens again.