In an article that opens fresh wounds from when Jordan Burchette mocked cosplayers at New York Comic Con in Men's Fitness magazine, NBC 7 reported today that SELF magazine used a picture of two women running a NYC marathon in superhero t-shirts and tutus as "what's lame this month" on their "BS METER." But the picture isn't even of the NYC Marathon and the tutus were worn to support cancer research. Here's what the article said:
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.
When SELF magazine asked San Diego runner Monika Allen for permission to use her picture, she had no idea they would publicly bash her for it. She made the tutu herself for her company Glam Runners, and donates the proceeds to charity. Over the past three years, Allen estimates she's crafted over 2,000 tutus given back to Girls on the Run $5,600. Girls on the Run sponsors a variety of 5K runs across the country, including a superhero-themed run in which participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superheroes -- AKA cosplay:
The theme of the Girls on the Run 5K is ‘Super Heroes.’ If you like to dress up, please do! Show your inner strength with your outerwear! Girls who complete our program find their own inner strength, or super power, that they call upon each and every day. At the Girls on the Run 5K, we view all participants as super heroes.
This explains why Allen was wearing a superhero outfit in addition to her tutu in the picture. More important, Allen was wearing that outfit because it was her first marathon after she was diagnosed with brain cancer, when she was undergoing chemotherapy. And it was the LA Marathon, not the NYC Marathon.
Allen was understandably unhappy with the picture:
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.
SELF magazine did not get back to Allen on Tuesday, but did send NBC 7 in San Diego an apology :
She is awesome and we apologize 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.
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