A US meteorologist has penned a public response after receiving a hand-written letter detailing the failings in her on-air appearance.
The letter implores Julya Johnson, weather presenter at ABC affiliate WATE in Knoxville, to change the way she dresses and that while she's a "great meterologist [sic]," she would get a lot more compliments if she didn't wear "those high bodice dresses."
The letter reads as follows:
Hello Julia [sic],
You are a great meterologist [sic]! I am at [sic] elderly person who depends on WATE 6 News for my daily news and weather – my daily beginnings – I watch this news from 2 a.m. – thru the day. I observed every one gets great compliments about their job, How they give great forecast [sic]. There are not any compliments about you! Why?
Please change your appearance!! 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. Please don't feel like I'm putting you down. Allow me to apologize. This letter is meant for the beautiful lady you are. Go forward (Be happy!)
The elderly writer left no return address and Johnson felt compelled to reply to the sender's concerns. She decided to take to Facebook in response.
Julya Johnson's Facebook post reply:
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.