Last night I was perusing Instagram before heading to bed when I came across a picture of a fellow FitFluential ambassador wearing a running tutu. I admit, I looked closer at it because this ambassador happened to be a guy running in a tutu. While that is perfectly fine with me, it’s also not as common as seeing a woman run in a tutu. I tend to follow people who inspire me, and many of them are runners who happen to occasionally wear a running tutu.
I read on down his caption where he explained he was sharing this picture in support of Monika Allen – a woman whose picture was used under a “BS Meter” story in SELF Magazine basically bashing women who wear tutus while running calling it an “epidemic”. SELF Magazine actually reached out to ask for permission to use the picture, but didn’t tell her why they were using it.
Excited to see our tutus in SELF Magazine … but shocked to see that running tutus are classified as lame. Especially considering the fact that this picture is from last year’s LA Marathon when Glam Runner founders Tara and Monika ran together as superheroes … because Monika was recently diagnosed with brain cancer and was running a marathon in the middle of a year of chemo.
Yep! They posted a picture of a woman fighting brain cancer, bashing her tutu! The same tutu she makes and sells to fundraise for Girls on the Run San Diego. A charity that trains young girls to run their first 5k, but also works with them on body image, self esteem, and more.
As a woman I have one question…
WHY ARE WE BASHING ANYONE WHO IS DOING SOMETHING THAT IS HEALTHY WHEN WE SHOULD BE UPLIFTING THEM?
Seriously, WHO CARES if a woman or man chooses to run in a tutu? Shouldn’t we be applauding the fact that women accounted for 8.6 million finishers nationwide (a record number) in races in 2012. (According to running usa.)
Last year I “ran” my first 5k and I did so wearing a bright green tutu.
That neon green running tutu made me happy. It made me forget for a moment how nervous I was to be out on that cold and wet rainy morning. That for as many years as I could remember I was told I would never be a runner, and I even told myself I was not a runner, yet here I was trying to run my first race. I could care less how I ran that race, all I wanted to do was finish it, and that silly green running tutu kept me pushing forward.
If a tutu makes a runner happy or distracts them from the pain or self doubt that people sometimes go through during a race, what does it matter to anyone else?
When I finished that race that day I told my husband I wished I could run every day in a tutu.
As I train for my next 5k I can be sure that I won’t be reading SELF Magazine, and my next tutu order is going to be going to Monika and GLAM RUNNER.
One of the things that pushes me through my love/hate with running is reading other people’s stories. I wish I would have found Monika’s in a better way than I did, but regardless of how I found it you can be sure I will be cheering her and every other runner I meet on – running tutu or not!
Shame on you SELF Magazine for not only featuring a inspirational woman in a negative light, but for using a photo from a business that is in the business of training new young runners to love a sport. You could have easily used any race photo and blurred out the faces, but I’m actually glad you didn’t.
Had you done that your little bashing blurb would likely have been overlooked. Instead you can use this as an opportunity to be the example to others. Bashing, berating, judging… that all stops when people like your magazine stop making it “okay”. The less we see of it, the less okay it is. Next time – take the high road and support women in running. I think we have had enough of the opposite.
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