I just came across this story about SELF Magazine making fun of a cancer survivor's tutu that she was wearing while running her first marathon. This completely infuriates me!
So the story is that SELF Magazine contacted Monika Allen asking if they could use her picture in one of their upcoming issues. She excitedly agreed, hoping the story would give some publicity to her charity Glam Runner. Allen makes tutus for runners and the money is donated to Girls on the Run San Diego. Once the story came out, she was disappointed to find out that the magazine used her picture to make fun of running in tutus!
|Glam Runner Facebook|
I have run in a tutu, and while I don't believe it made me any faster, it did give me that bit of distraction to make the run more fun! Instead of shaming women, SELF Magazine should be ashamed, for discouraging anyone from going out to run. If it takes a tutu for someone to get out and exercise, then I say tutus for everyone! Seems like I'm not alone. SELF's Facebook page has gotten very popular since the story broke. Hopefully they learn how to really support and empower women, and to me that means encouraging everyone to run and exercise no matter what motivates them to get out there!