Woman claims Shape magazine rejected bikini picture

Woman claims Shape magazine rejected bikini picture

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28-year-old Brooke Birmingham set out four years to drop a serious amount of weight. She blogged about her entire journey and even got some of her photos in Shape magazine. But she said the magazine rejected one of her in a bikini.

Birmingham, a Quad Cities, Illinois native, launched her blog Brooke: Not on a Diet in 2009 to document her journey. She said she skipped the fad diets for old-fashioned healthy eating and exercise.

170 pounds later, Birmingham landed the 2014 cover of Woman's Day magazine and told the story of her weight loss eventually lead her to her husband. When Shape magazine reached out for before and after pics, she sent them but the one attached to this story was rejected.

She sent an image of herself in a two-piece swimsuit because she thought it was a standard look for a photo in a fitness magazine, according to Yahoo Shine. Shape rejected the picture and asked her to submit a new 'after' photo of herself wearing a t-shirt.

She refused and posed a blog titled "Why I Refused to Put a Shirt on for Shape." She told Yahoo that she originally didn't plan to post about the disagreement but after friends and fans on Facebook began asking her, she felt she had to.

A representative from Shape disagrees with Birmingham's account of what happened. "This is a result of a misunderstanding with a freelance writer," a spokesperson for the magazine said via an email statement to Yahoo Shine. "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."

After going back and forth with the magazine, Brooke decided not to allow them to use her story.

“If I couldn’t have the picture of me in my bikini to go along with my story, then it wasn’t MY story,” she wrote on her blog. “The story I wanted to tell and shout out to the world, not their ideal story. So, if I couldn’t tell it my way, then they weren’t going to be able to tell it at all.”
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