Meteorologist Responds to Letter Criticizing Her Appearance

Meteorologist Responds to Criticism of Her Appearance
Julya Johnson
Courtesy Julya Johnson

07/28/2014 AT 04:45 PM EDT

Most meteorologists just speak about the weather – not about how they should look and feel behind the camera.

That's unless you're Julya Johnson at WATE-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee, who posted an unpleasant letter that she received in the mail Friday on Facebook.

"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," the letter reads.

The letter had no return address, so Johnson wrote her response in the post.



"So, it's not fun to wake up to things like this," Johnson begins. "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 and please people before."

But she admits that trying to please others has never worked.

"So, I please myself. I like my dresses," she continues. "I am always covered, dressed modestly and professionally."

Similar to the support for Jennifer Livingston – a TV news anchor who was also harshly criticized for her appearance – people came forward to back up Johnson.

"You're beautiful! You don't wake up every morning to please others," one commenter writes.

"I think you look just fine. Don't change a thing," another adds.

At the end, Johnson makes her final point.

"Don't do this, please. Just don't. It's very rude. That's my opinion, and it is as valuable as anyone else's opinion."



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