Self magazine’s editor-in-chief, Lucy Danzinger, has found herself in the awkward position of apologizing for the magazine making fun of a cancer survivor.
Self contacted Monika Allen and asked if it could use a photo of her wearing a tutu while running the LA Marathon. Allen’s company — Glam Runner — creates the tutus and sells them to benefit a youth development program. Naturally, Allen was excited for the opportunity.
However, Self used Allen’s photo to make fun of the outfits, not promote them. In a section titled BS Meter, Allen’s photograph was captioned “People think these froufrou skirts make you run faster. Now, if you told us they made people run away from you faster, maybe we would believe it.”
Making matters even worse was the fact that Allen was recently diagnosed with brain cancer, and was running the marathon in the middle of chemotherapy. Not a good look for Self.
“I am personally mortified,” Danziger told USA Today. “I had no idea that Monika had been through cancer. It was an error. It was a stupid mistake. We shouldn’t have run the item.” Danzinger added that she’s reaching out to Allen now and will personally support her charity.[Image: Facebook/Glam Runner]