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Woman asked to cover up post-weight loss body for Shape mag

Woman Asked To Cover Up Post-Weight-Loss Body For Shape Mag

A 170-lb. weight loss seems like something to celebrate. But one Illinois blogger who was set to be featured in Shape Magazine says the publication told her to cover up her inspiring post-weight loss body.


HLN reports 28-year-old Brooke Birmingham lost the weight while following a diet over the past four years, but such a significant weight loss means she now has some extra skin.

"When Brooke sent them this 'after' photo of her in a bikini, loose skin and all, she says Shape asked her to cover up - citing editorial policy."

Birmingham says she was furious with the request - as Shape has run many of these kinds of stories with women wearing bikinis before. (The Huffington Post has the entire email exchange between Brooke and the blogger right here.)

She declined to continue with the story, and insists the public needs to be aware of the realities of major weight loss.

In a blog post on her website, she explains the magazine made her feel like she should be "ashamed" of her body. She adds, "I don't feel like my body was given the same respect as others on their site."

But Birmingham didn't let the rejected bikini photo bring her down. She tells NBC, "I did this ... to show all women and men they can be perfect in their own image and they don't need to listen to what the media's perception of what ideal image is."

ABC has a statement from Shape in response to the incident - calling it a "misunderstanding with a freelance writer." It adds: "This does not represent Shape's editorial values ... 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."

Many people who lose significant amounts of weight are left with some sagging skin. Some even resort to surgery to have it removed.

But According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the procedure has its risks, such as infections, blood clots and scars.

As for Birmingham, she says she's happy with her new body and will continue to bare it.

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Moni May 09 2014 at 10:17 PM

Okay so let me get this straight , you all would rather see a lie than deal with the truth ? Oh that's right make sure you see only what you like in a healthy weight loss magazine ,
No need to know reality ..let them tell you what is and is not , I guess this would work for you .

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jcajunque May 09 2014 at 3:55 AM

She had to have dropped a lot of weight really fast. Usually a slow weight loss will leave less of the flabby skin behind. Some yes, but nothing as drastic as this. And you have got to tone while losing.

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zowadi May 09 2014 at 1:55 AM

I'm on the fence with this. I'm happy that a major magazine is finally showing what weight loss really looks like. If they're smart they can frame it as part of the process of weight loss instead of pretending that people can miraculously lose over 100 pounds without a sag or a fold

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KC Clark May 09 2014 at 1:42 AM

nothing worse than looking at something like that

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proteus12544 KC Clark May 09 2014 at 2:17 AM

Sure there is. Being 170lbs over weight.

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Tammy KC Clark May 09 2014 at 8:23 AM

Yes there is. Take a trip to any fast food place and watch the Monsantos shoveling "food" into their face

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ChingOW Mango May 09 2014 at 1:04 AM

Good for you Ms Birmingham and CONGRATULATIOLNS on your weight loss - you should be very proud of your accomplishment! As for Shape magazing - they should be ashamed of themselves - they have been doing airbrushing for a long long time. One case in particular was Betty Weider - they would show her looking 20 years younger and having a waistline line Barbie doll! I saw the magazine and a few weeks later saw the real lady at a body building competition - looking her age and having the waisline of a normal woman. Shame on you Shape magazine - everyone knows the horrors that have happened from the drastic surgies such as tummy tucks etc - you should have been encouraging to Ms. Birmingham and you could have written a wonderful article on this instead of resorting back to your COVER IT UP ways!

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ChingOW Mango ChingOW Mango May 09 2014 at 1:07 AM

Sorry about my typos - I recognize them and do not need the spell checks of the world to make note - thanks in advance ;)

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aces May 09 2014 at 12:35 AM

wow im happy she is happy with her new body but im sure nobody else in their right mind wants to look at that....

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munjibunga May 09 2014 at 12:24 AM

It's great that she lost the weight, but there's nothing attractive about her midriff, and attractiveness sells magazines. All of you who defend her right to expose her loose skin are correct - she has the right to do it. However, the magazine has a right to decline to publish the picture. What purpose does it serve? I, for one, don't need to see it. There seems to be some perverse need for people to make an issue of this.

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I LOVE YOU JENNY May 09 2014 at 12:19 AM

She looks better dressed than in a bikini!!!!!!!!

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JOSEPH G MATTERA May 09 2014 at 12:06 AM

ABSOLUTELY GROSS.........

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DOUG May 08 2014 at 11:08 PM

She wants to show off I'm all for it. Lets see some nudes!!!!

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