Self Magazine is getting a lot of heat for calling tutu-wearing during races lame.
Monika Allen was in the photo accompanying the statement. She was diagnosed with brain cancer and was in the midst of chemotherapy. Allen told the media she dressed as Wonder Woman with a blue tutu to give herself motivation.
Read the USA Today story here.
To make matters worse, she runs a company that makes tutus, which donates money to charity.
Allen had no idea her photo would be used the way that it was when the company asked for photo permission. The “tutus are lame” claim was listed under a section called the BS Meter.
In the running world and beyond, the story has gone viral. Self Magazine has apologized, but the damage has been done.
When I found out about this story, I immediately e-mailed my friend, fellow runner and type 1 athlete Anne Marie Hospod. She told me she addressed the news on Instagram.
Here was her post:
The whole hoopla surrounding the topic makes me think about mocking within the athletic world.
There’s those that make fun of cross-fit, people who don’t lift weights or runners who wear headphones. Are they REAL athletes?
You don’t have to wear moisture-wicking this or GPS that. Benching 3 times your body weight is irrelevant as is what you decide to wear race day.
If putting on cat ears and rainbow bright knee socks makes you happy when you get moving, do it.
Becoming active can be such an intimidating venture. Let’s put all the BS aside, move, and support each other.
Running in whatever makes me happy.