Self Magazine Shames Cancer Survivor For Wearing A Tutu
By Kristi Salyers. CREATED Mar 28, 2014
Self Magazine is taking heat online after mocking a picture of cancer survivor in the April issue.
Self Magazine contacted Monkika Allen, a brain cancer survivor, asking to use a photo of her and a friend running the Los Angeles Marathon last year. For the marathon Allen dressed as Wonder Woman, completing her costume with a tutu. Allen had just been diagnosed with brain cancer and the race fell in the middle of her chemotherapy treatments. The outfit served as motivation.
Allen makes these tutus for her company, Glam Runners, which donates money to charity that empowers young girls. So when Self contacted her about the photo she was thrilled about the publicity opportunity.
But when the magazine hit stands Allen was shocked to discover the photo had been used in Self Magazine's "BS Meter" column, to make fun of women in tutus. The article puts the photo on the lame side of the "BS meter" and says "people think these froufrou skirts make you run faster. Now, if you told us they made people run away from you faster, maybe we would believe it."
Allen posted the article on Glam Runner's Facebook page saying she was shocked to see that running tutus are classified as lame. Allen says she would not have agreed to release the photo to the magazine if she had known it was going to be used to mock her. Support poured in for her on Facebook and Twitter.
Self Editor in Chief Lucy Danziger told USA Today, "I am personally mortified. I had no idea that Monika had been through cancer. It was an error. It was a stupid mistake. We shouldn't have run the item."
Danziger says she is personally reaching out to Allen and plans to support her charity.