Even if Monika Allen did not have brain cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy during this race… And again, even if Monika Allen was not raising money for a charity to bring fitness to young girls…
Self: Shame. Shame. Shame.
Allen was running a marathon, a feat all by itself.
So what if she was wearing a tutu? It, together with the Wonder Woman tee shirt made her feel good.
And the sale of the tutus that Allen makes raises money for Girls on the Run, a group which helps younger females feel good about themselves and incorporate exercise into their lives.
Why would a national magazine trash a beautiful young woman who was doing what very few folks can: running 26.2 miles.
Allen was ridiculed in a section of the publication entitled: “The BS Meter."
What is this: middle school?
And here comes the atonement.
"I am personally mortified. 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."
If Monika had simply been a beautiful and whimsical young woman who ran the LA marathon, a magazine should not put her down.
The fact that she is a cancer survivor and helps an important charity only highlights what a brutal bully Self is.
Do we need publications that ridicule females at any stage of life?
No wonder Monika, aka Wonder Woman, supports an organization that helps to build the confidence of young girls.
Self somehow has been able to survive during a time when many magazines are struggling and folding.
Perhaps that should change,
Because there are plenty of teenage girls ready to make fun of the outcast or lonely child who just wants to fit in.
We don’t need to waste paper for that.