Woman who lost 170lbs hits out at magazine for not featuring her 'real' bikini success story
A woman who lost a whopping 170lbs has accused Shape magazine of refusing to feature her in their 'success stories' because she suffers from excess skin as a result of her weight loss.
Brooke Birmingham (28) lost the weight over the course of four years, crediting willpower, determination and Weight Watchers with the story of her success.
However, when contacted by a freelance writer for the fitness magazine, she says she was refused a bikini feature. Many of the success stories on the website feature 'after' bikini photos.
Her story has since gone viral and Shape has clarified there was a misunderstanding there was confusion between the writer and Mrs Birmingham. “I felt like my body wasn’t good enough to be featured on their website,” she told BuzzFeed.
“When you log onto their website, the first thing that pops up is a woman in workout pants and a sports bra. There have been other success stories with women in bikinis.”
Brooke shared this photo on her website, Brooke: Not On a Diet.
“If I couldn’t have the picture of me in my bikini to go along with my story, then it wasn’t MY story.
“It all boils down to, I want people to know they shouldn’t feel ashamed of how they look,”
"They should love their body no matter what. I wear a bikini because it makes me feel good. Just because you don’t have what the media portrays as the ideal body, you’re still beautiful.”
A spokesperson for the fitness bible clarified their stance on the matter, saying it does not represent Shape's 'editorial values'.
“This is a result of a misunderstanding with a freelance writer," the spokesperson explained.
"This does not represent Shape’s editorial values and the comments made about Shape’s ‘editorial policy’ are absolutely untrue. Shape prides itself on empowering and celebrating women like Brooke, and any indication that we would not run the piece with the photo provided was wrong, as we would have been proud to share her inspirational story."