So I really don’t buy many women’s magazines. I don’t have a subscription to SELF and I can’t see myself ever having one. If there ever came a time where I might have wavered on this … well, I won’t ever subscribe to, buy a copy of, pick up a copy off a waiting room table, or even look at a copy of SELF magazine again.
I am compassionate toward people and their battle with cancer having been a radiation therapist for the last two years. I read about Monika Allen and what SELF did to her here. Here’s a quick rundown of what happened. Monika Allen was a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy for a brain tumor. She ran a marathon in a tutu. A picture was snapped by a SELF magazine photographer and she was asked her permission to use it. End of story. Well, not really. When it was posted almost a year later, the magazine made fun of her tutu wearing antics, and I quote, “A racing tutu epidemic has struck NYC’s Central Park, and it’s all because people think these froufrou make you run faster. Now, if you told us they make people run away from you faster, maybe we would believe it.” Should a women’s magazine that claims to promotes a woman’s physical fitness and SELF confidence be BULLYING a woman, or anyone for that matter, based on their wardrobe worn while running a marathon?
Although I have no idea how Monika did what she did physically while undergoing cancer treatment, that’s not the issue at hand. I actually am impressed with the fact that anyone can run a marathon. I consider it an amazing feat to be able to overcome intense physical pain and exhaustion in the way that any marathon runner must. I wouldn’t know because I can’t do it …yet, I may use this as inspiration to start running again. I hope to one day at least huff my way through a 5K. The fact that a woman’s fitness magazine would make fun of any woman running a marathon for any reason is repulsive to me.
To be somewhat fair, SELF Magazine is running a self-serving interview/apology with Monika Allen. It’s the least they could do after bullying someone from their own target market. DUMB and INSENSITIVE.
So if you want to support Monika and her cause, Glam Runner is the place to go! You see, those tutu’s she wears? Her company makes and sells them. The proceeds go toward charities that support cancer victims and cancer research. Wow SELF Magazine, really?
And Monika, you are a hero to not only victims of cancer, but to all women. You go on being that Brain Cancer Warrior! An inspiration, a hero, a role model and a warrior is what you are!