Brooke is one of the many bloggers who are doing their best to help people get healthy.
Her blog, Brooke Not On A Diet, catalogues her 172 pound weight loss and she does it without fads or gimmicks. She does use Weight Watchers and stuff like indoor herb gardens.
She lost weight by eating healthier and moving more. From her site:
I eat real food and never tell myself I can’t have something. This is life and, quite frankly, life is too short not to indulge in the occasional cupcake!
I, of course, instantly loved her. But, she did something bigger than stand up for real food and cupcakes.
The short version of the story is that Shape interviewed her about her weight loss and then asked her for a photo. Here it is:
The freelancer assigned to the article told her that Shape had a policy that meant she needed to put a shirt on.
Instead of sending in a photo with a t-shirt, Brooke did something awesome. She demonstrated the kind of integrity we wish CELEBRITIES would choose when being featured and said,
…I am going to have to kindly decline being featured on Shape online. If you are not willing to show my body as is, then I don’t want to be part of it.
You go girl!
Then, the internet took over because she wrote this post about it: Why I Refused to Put a Shirt on For Shape and it went viral.
Which meant that Brooke ended up on The Today Show in Australia, Good Morning America, and NBC’s Today (among other venues) telling her story.
It all ends with a story in Shape magazine and her bikini photo will be in it. Shape chalked the mistake up to a freelancer’s misunderstanding of their policies and now wants to do an article on extreme weight loss with bikini-clad bodies. See here – Media Whirlwind and a Resolution with Shape.
My take is that if Brooke hadn’t used her blog as a mouthpiece for change, Shape would have run the article without her. You have to love the internet for allowing individuals to stand up to the man (or in this case a major media corporation that thinks it can define beauty as washboard abs).
She got to tell everyone that her body is beautiful and I know that she helped a lot of people with their body image. Brava, Brooke! You are my hero.
What do you think of her stand?