A viewer letter criticizing a Tennessee meteorologist has gone viral after she hit back with a public response on social media.
Julya Johnson, of Knoxville’s ABC affiliate WATE, received the anonymous letter which said that while she’s a “great meterologist [sic],” she would get more compliments if she dressed differently.
“Please change your appearance!!” the self-described “elderly person” wrote. “Those high bodice dresses are not (for) you. Do you have any dress or dresses that don’t fit snugly under your (bust)? Please! You are beautiful – but you need a change.”
The fashion advice was not well-taken, as Johnson posted this on her Facebook page:
So, it’s not fun to wake up to things like this. No return address was left, so I’ll address it here. I will never, ever be able to please everyone with my appearance. It’s not possible. I have tried for 12 years on-air to do that. I have “changed my appearance” to try to please people before. It never works. So, I please myself. I like my dresses. I feel good about my appearance. I am always covered, dressed modestly and professionally. Yet, she mentions that I am a great meteorologist! And she also says I get “no compliments”? Does the fact that I bring an accurate forecast mean nothing? I was a straight A student. If I had known being on People’s list of “best dressed” mattered more than an accurate forecast, I could’ve saved a ton of money on that meteorology degree.
Don’t do this, people. Just don’t. It’s very rude. That’s my opinion, and it is as valuable as anyone else’s opinion.
The letter was also posted:
Johnson’s entry received hundreds of comments from other viewers.
“Yes – you can have fashion sense and a brain. Rock it girl!” said one response.
“I think you are very attractive and intelligent. Keep up your great work!” said another.
Johnson has a bachelor’s degree in geoscience from Mississippi State University, a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Tennessee and has been a meteorologist for 12 years, according to her WATE profile.
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