‘Self’ Sorry for Comments About Cancer Survivor’s Tutu
The editor in chief of Self Magazine is apologizing after what she called an “error” in comments about a tutu worn during a race by a cancer survivor.
According to USA Today, Monika Allen dressed as Wonder Woman, wearing a tutu during last year’s LA Marathon — it was her first marathon running with brain cancer.
She was in the middle of chemotherapy and said the outfit motivated her, according to USA Today. She also makes tutus for her company Glam Runners, which gives all proceeds to charity.
Self contacted Allen asking for permission to use a photo of her in the tutu.
Allen was next to a friend in the photo, who was also wearing a tutu along with a race bib saying “die tumor die.” Allen gave permission, not realizing they would use it for the magazine’s “BS meter.”
The magazine said: “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.”
Several people have spoken out on Facebook, saying they’ve canceled their subscriptions to the magazine after the photo was published, according to USA Today.
Self editor Lucy Danziger said she did not know Allen had cancer, and tweeted an apology saying “We applaud you for supporting the girls and wish Monika speedy recovery.”
See below for Danziger’s tweets about the incident:
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