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Shape Magazine WILL Run This Controversial Picture After All! See What Losing 170+ lbs Looks Like HERE!

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Brooke Birmingham

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!

She explained:

"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!

Watch Brooke’s interview on Today (below)!

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8 comments to “Shape Magazine WILL Run This Controversial Picture After All! See What Losing 170+ lbs Looks Like HERE!”

  1. 1

    This is the REALITY of losing a large amount of weight. We should applaud her losing all the weight. So what? A little skin hangs around? Big effin deal, at least she not obese anymore. Stop portraying weight loss as suddenly looking perfect when you lose the weight. Put her in the magazine, get real people!!!!

  2. tacogirl says – reply to this


    SO WHY should Shape run this picture??….it's a health/beauty magazine,
    not a medical journal. It's gross, don't need to see that. Anyone
    with a brain knows what will happen with a Sudden Big weight loss,
    Most of us, when we lose weight don't look like that. That is

  3. BearKandor says – reply to this


    Hey look! She has two testacies! Ewww!

  4. barb says – reply to this


    It's a very honest picture. This is what happens when you lose a lot of weight. 170 lbs is a lot and had to be supported by skin. It's a reality check and shouldn't be hidden. If you have a lot of money then you have that skin removed…if you don't, you have to live with it. Hiding it will prove nothing.

  5. Tammy says – reply to this


    Yawn! This whole dust up is soooo last WEEK…WTF Perez…Slow NEWS day?

  6. Jordan Adair says – reply to this


    Re: tacogirl – Um, because they asked to have her picture in it. You are insanely rude. Also most people don't lose over 1oo pounds naturally without surgery, this is what REAL bodies will look like. Get over yourself…

  7. Jordan Adair says – reply to this


    Re: BearKandor – More than what most men have… your are very rude. She lost a lot of weight… she looks beautiful!

  8. 8

    Yuck! no need to show this! this belongs in a medical journal not on a magazine!