After a cruel note was anonymously sent to her home, this Florida mom responded to the letter shaming her for wearing leggings, while picking at her weight. Kelley Markland – a mother of two from Port Orange who says she feels confident and comfortable in leggings – posted a powerful message on Facebook along with photos of the disgusting piece of mail and it was quickly met with an overwhelming amount of support on social media.
In the weeks since Markland, a substitute teacher, responded to the hateful letter, countless women have been inspired by her confidence and quickly began posting photos of themselves wearing leggings along with messages of encouragement and body-positive stories, using the hashtag #LeggingsWin.
It didn't stop there, according to Inside Edition even her fellow teachers at work and her students' parents showed their support by all showing up to school one day wearing leggings as a touching gesture of solidarity.
According to an interview with Us Weekly, the 36-year-old substitute teacher was understandably initially shaken and shocked by the rude letter, but Markland ultimately decided to stand up to the unidentified bully while using the opportunity to teach her kids that bullying should never be tolerated and anyone has the right to wear whatever makes them feel comfortable and confident. Just like Markland and so many other women do in fun, fashionable leggings.
"I've been made fun of my entire life for being overweight, but my point is that none of us should be told what we can or cannot wear," Markland told InsideEdition.com. "I was just tired of feeling defeated all the time, and I finally decided to speak up."
Three weeks ago she received an envelope in the mail, which did not have a return address, and it included a picture of an overweight woman bent over in sheer leggings, and a handwritten note that read: "Women who weigh 300 pounds should not wear yoga pants!!"
"Your pants say yoga, but your butt says McDonald's," another message in the letter read.
Markland wrote on Facebook that she loves wearing her "fun" leggings because they give her "a tad bit of confidence in not looking sloppy all the time." Her message continued:
Anyone who knows me, knows that I care deeper and stronger than many. I am a sensitive woman and I despise cruelty towards others. At 36 years old, I am STILL being made fun of. Whoever sent this, be an adult and tell me who you are. JUST TELL ME!!! I'm sorry that some of you may not like it, but I'm not dressing for you.
Markland's powerful message has definitely touched many and her amazing confidence has certainly been inspiring. And considering how viral her message has gotten, it's likely that the letter's anonymous author has come across her perfect response.
But if it hasn't yet, Markland posted a video on her Facebook wall to thank people for their support and addressed the person who wrote the message: "Whoever wrote this letter, thank you, because you started something so much bigger. Because of this, I found some strength I didn't have."