The popular women's magazine SELF is apologizing after it printed a picture of a cancer survivor’s homemade racing tutu on their “BS Meter.”
Monika Allen (right), a brain cancer survivor from San Diego and the co-founder of Glam Runners, was upset to learn the magazine used her picture to make fun of the tutu trend.
Allen wore a tutu and a Wonder Woman T-shirt during the LA Marathon last year. In the middle of chemotherapy, it was her first marathon running with brain cancer. She told USA Today the outfit gave her motivation.
She makes tutus for her company Glam Runners, which donates money to cancer research. She was excited when SELF contacted her to use her photo but shocked to learn they would make fun of it.
“A racing tutu epidemic has struck NYC’s Central Park, and it’s all because 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,” says the magazine’s BS Meter, its "guide to what’s legit and what’s lame this month."
"I feel like we were misled in providing the picture. Had I known how the picture was going to be used, I wouldn't have wanted to send it,” Allen told NBC Los Angeles.
"I am personally mortified," SELF editor-in-chief Lucy 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 apologized in a statement "for the association of her picture in any way other than to support her efforts to be healthy."
"Of course if tutus make you run with a smile on your face or with a sense of purpose or community, then they are indeed worth wearing, for any race," the statement adds.
“I personally believe we should all wear tutus more often just because we can! So much for trying to stop bullying, adults can't seem to stop doing it to each other,” Tricie Peters commented on the Glam Runners’ Facebook page.