Self apologizes for mocking outfit of runner who was undergoing chemotherapy


Monika Allen ran the LA Marathon in a tutu and tells KNSD in San Diego she was happy when the magazine Self asked to use her photo. "The marathon came right in the middle of chemotherapy, and she says the outfit gave her motivation," the station reports. The caption under her photo in Self, however, did not thrill her:

The picture appears in a section of the magazine called “The BS Meter," with a caption that refers to a "tutu epidemic" and basically makes fun of the women's outfits, she 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," the caption reads. "Now, if you told us they made people run from you faster, maybe we would believe it."

Self didn't reply to Allen but it did reply to KNSD, apologizing "for the association of her picture in any way other than to support her efforts to be healthy." It continued:

"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 read.

(Hat tip to Tanya Edwards)

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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