We are in a world where women are required to be physically attractive. Women are working hard to reduce body fat and keep it off for that seemingly perfect body. Models are made flawless through Photoshop and “fakes” are just everywhere. But Brooke Birmingham remains real. And now, she was chosen by many websites, and that include ours, as the latest example of the fashion and beauty industry’s pursuit of unrealistic PhotoShopped perfection. Her story will move you.
Birmingham is a twenty-eight-year-old blogger who lives in Illinois. She had lost 170 pounds and she was able to turn a rejected bikini photo of her post-weight loss body into a viral campaign for “real” bodies. She followed a diet plan for years to lose body fat and she was to be featured on a before-and-after weight-loss spread for the website for Shape magazine.
So she submitted a different “after” picture only to end up feeling frustrated especially after seeing photos of other women on the site. She admitted that she did not feel like her body was given the same respect as others on the site, which she expressed through her blog post. She also felt like the magazine has rejected her real body. But the magazine denied this.
Here’s the magazine’s statement featured on Today.
“This is a result of a misunderstanding with a freelance writer. 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.”
Despite Shape’s denial, Birmingham has inspired a lot of people by loving her body and being true to herself. She said that she didn’t wanted attention, but to show us that we can be perfect in our own image. Men and women do not have to listen to what the media’s perception of what ideal image is. She also clarified that she did not want to start an issue with Shape.
Birmingham’s story is real. It is the less explored part of losing stomach fat and it is for real. But Birmingham continues to love herself and her body and her story left many people inspired.