Ashley Graham can't seem to win these days.
"Glam squad magic 💕"
One fan wrote:
[Image via Ashley Graham/Instagram.]
Brooke Birmingham’s weight loss is one of the most incredible transformations we’ve ever seen!
She lost 170 pounds in just over four years!
You go, gurl!
The 28-year-old chronicled her slimmed-down story on her blog, Brooke: Not On A Diet. Her site scored so many readers that Shape magazine wanted to feature Brooke in their Success Stories series!
When Brooke sent the mag her "after" photo of herself in a bikini, she says Shape rejected the pic!
This is why:
Brooke was asked to submit a different photo - one where her stomach would be covered up by a T-shirt. The freelance writer handling Brooke’s story told her it was magazine policy that all people profiled for this section be “fully clothed!”
Well that’s simply not true!
The Success Stories of the past have featured PLENTY of shirtless and skin-showing individuals. Brooke decided that if she couldn’t tell her story the way she wanted to tell it, then she wouldn’t work with Shape at all!
She wrote on her blog:
"If I couldn't have the picture of me in my bikini to go along with my story, then it wasn't MY story.”
The magazine has since reached out to her over what they’re calling a “misunderstanding.”
"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.“
So will the mag run the original pic of Brooke now? And will Brooke even let them??
What do you think, Fit readers? Would you run that picture of Brooke in her bikini? Do you think Brooke should even cooperate with Shape after they so rudely rejected her?
SOUND OFF BELOW!