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Cancer Patient Shamed By SELF Magazine For Wearing Tutu

SELF Magazine has apologized for shaming a woman wearing a tutu during the Los Angeles Marathon. At the time, Monika Allen was going through chemo.
Posted at 8:27 AM, Mar 28, 2014

​SELF magazine has apologized over its offensive write-up about a woman with cancer, but is it too little too late? The San Diego woman was thrilled when SELF asked to use a picture of her in a tutu running in the Los Angeles Marathon. That is, until she saw the article. 

"I was just kind of stunned and offended."

"The picture appears in a section of the magazine called 'The BS Meter.' The caption refers to a tutu epidemic and basically makes fun of the girls' outfits." (Via  KNSD)

However, according to her website, Monika Allen makes these tutus the magazine called "lame," because she donates the money from selling them to Girls on the Run of San Diego. 

Allen says in the past three years, her company, Glam Runner, has made 2,000 tutus and donated $5,600. And WRC-TV reports this race and that tutu she was wearing were especially important. She was in the middle of chemotherapy. 

"Allen has brain cancer and the outfit gives her motivation."

"Had I known how the picture was going to be used, I wouldn't have wanted to send it."

Glam Runner's Facebook page highlighted the write-up, which sarcastically says people think the "frivolous" tutus can make them run faster, but that what's more believable is others would run away from them.

As The Blaze, says:

"​It reads more like a nasty note from a high-school bully rather than a sophisticated women’s magazine."

But people have been showering Allen with support, one posting this picture noting all the running members of her family wear Allen's tutus, including her husband!

SELF has issued this apology on its Facebook page, "we sincerely apologize for our inadvertent insensitivity. ... We have donated to her charity and have offered to cover her good work in a future issue. We wish her all the best on her road to good health."

But is it enough?

"Since the story hit, SELF Magazine has issued an apology to the woman, but the issue is already out on newsstands all across the U.S."