First of all, here’s why I dislike SELF and all other women’s magazines – they’re not put together to inform you, they’re put together to sell to you. They’re put together with airbrushed models, overpriced product ads, and they give women “advice” that isn’t even worth reading. They pick, they prod, they judge…and this judgement has cost them a lot of customers and advertisers, I’m sure.
Monika Allen (right), brain cancer survivor and co-founder of Glam Runner, ran the L.A. Marathon wearing a Wonder Woman costume – in the middle of chemotherapy treatments. Note that her friend’s bib says “Die Tumor Die!!” on it.
She was contacted by SELF asking if they could use her photo in their magazine, and she agreed…not knowing what was coming next.
SELF featured her empowering photo in a section they call “The BS Meter,” which is supposed to be a guide to “what’s legit and what’s lame this month.”
Glam Runner is an organization that makes racing tutus to raise money for San Diego’s Girls on the Run, a youth development program, and has donated about $5,600 in the past three years by selling over 2,000 tutus.
SELF’s editor-in-chief Lucy Danziger of course made a public apology about the use of the photo:
“I am personally mortified,” Danziger told USA Today. “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.”
SELF also apologized on their Facebook page, and the comments were not accepting at all.
SELF – you are lame and belong on your own BS Meter List…and I hope you learned your lesson.
Rather than judge others, why don’t you empower them instead? The photo you used was a great one, which you obviously knew because it caught your eye – so why use it to slam someone?
Try walking a mile in another’s shoes – especially someone as awesome as Monika – before you start putting your foot in your mouth. You should learn to do your research first – that is your “job,” isn’t it?