Like it or not, this is what it looks like sometimes after losing a significant amount of weight! But that doesn’t make it any less of an incredible accomplishment!
Brooke Birmingham blogged about losing more than 170 pounds and caught the attention of Shape magazine.
But as we reported last week, the mag wasn’t so keen on showcasing Brooke’s weight loss after they saw the photo she wanted included in her article!
The picture, which shows the excess skin left over around her midsection post-weight loss, was REJECTED by the freelance writer in charge of putting together Brooke’s piece.
That writer cited a policy at Shape that said Brooke would have to cover up in order to make it in the magazine!
But Bahar Takhtehchian, the magazine’s editor-at-large, joined Brooke on the Today show this morning to say that policy simply DOES NOT exist and the freelance writer who cited it is NOT an employee at Shape!
Takhtehchian now wants to run the picture of Brooke, skin and all, in order to show their readers what it looks like to lose SO much weight!
"We want to start a larger discussion about what happens after you lose a significant amount of weight. Because truly, there is a journey after the weight-loss journey, and those are the questions and the issues that we want to talk to Brooke and the other ladies about.”
Brooke is still confident about her body even after the controversy, as well she should be! She told Today host Savannah Guthrie:
"I love the way I look. I love the way I look in a bikini. I want to show women that it’s OK to wear a bikini who have loose skin or bumps.”
All we have to say is, YOU GO, GIRL!
We’re so proud of Brooke for sticking up for what she believes in! And we can’t WAIT to see her featured in Shape soon!