A healthy living blogger is taking Shape magazine to task for what she claims was an attempt to censor her “after” photo in a story about her massive weight loss, since the pic shows some loose skin around her stomach. Brooke Birmingham, a 28-year-old from Quad Cities, Illinois, launched her blog, Brooke: Not On a Diet, in 2009 to document her weight-loss journey, which focused on old-fashioned healthy eating and exercise, with no surgery or fad diets allowed. She started off at 327 pounds and ended up dropping more than 170 pounds in four years, completely transforming her body and her life. Birmingham has since landed a January 2014 cover of Woman’s Day magazine and even divulged her weight loss story on the dating website where she met the man who is now her husband. Birmingham agreed and submitted two pictures. However, she says, that’s when she got a surprising response from the health and fitness-focused magazine. Birmingham had sent Shape an “after” picture of herself in a two-piece swimsuit, which she felt was a pretty standard look for a photo in a fitness magazine. But Birmingham’s picture also included several layers of loose skin around her waist, common in people who have lost large amounts of weight. The writer who was covering the story subsequently emailed her, asking that she submit a new “after” photo of herself wearing a shirt. Birmingham refused, and posted the email exchange (with names and other relevant info blacked out) to her blog in a post titled “Why I Refused to Put a Shirt on For Shape.” The post now has more than 250 comments and was reposted on the website XOJane.com.
Newsflash hun, the reason shape magazine rejected your after picture is because you look absolutely disgusting. Why do you feel the need to take a picture in a bikini? Seriously your stomach looks like Jabba the Hutt’s mouth. I know you lost a lot of weight, but would a tummy tuck kill you? Literally one of the most disgusting things I’ve seen all week. Brooke, you’re in shape alright … the shape of a melted candle. They want inspirational pictures, and NOBODY is inspired by your folding, sagging skin. Stop pretending you’re the Rosa Parks of loose skin pics and put a fucking shirt on. Spare me the melodramatic bullshit … that look is not beautiful. Look Brooke, in that bikini your upper torso looks like Leonardo from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ face. I’m not even kidding when I say your stomach looks like an 80 year old man’s ball-sack. You aint that bad looking, but for the love of everything holy, put a shirt on. Don’t even get me started on those flapjack tits either.