Now every once in awhile on this blog I will share an opinion that most will not agree with. Now wipe the shocked look off your faces and consider this a warning. I know that I am walking on egg shells with this one and I might offend a few of you. I want to say up front that this is my opinion. Everyone is entitled to have their own view on this topic but this is mine. Feel free to disagree!
So recently a story went viral about a fellow blogger who had amazing success on her weight loss journey and got the opportunity to share it with Shape Magazine. The woman lost an amazing 200 pounds and her story is phenomenal. The catch was at first entry the magazine would not allow her “after” photo in a bikini in the magazine. They requested she submit a photo with a shirt on. Please see her bikini photo below:
Now the blogger, Brooke Birmingham over at her blog “Brooke Not On A Diet”, fought back and the magazine has agreed to run the photo as it stands. Brooke was upset because she felt that not being allowed to show her photo was not showing her true story. She was proud of how much she lost and how she looks now. She wanted to share the real story of weight loss with the world.
Now here is where I know people will not agree with me. I feel the magazine made the right decision in the first place. While I agree she did an amazing job losing the weight she did and will inspire many with her story, I don’t feel the above photo needs to be run in a magazine. Often times we look to magazines knowing that the pictures are cleaned up and the stories are fantasized but they make us feel good and give us hope. Seeing a photo like this could very realistically turn someone off to losing the weight they need. I am not saying it would for everyone but I am saying that I would not open to a photo like this and think “man how can I get my body to look that way?”.
I don’t think there is anything wrong with her sharing her story with a shirt on. I feel it could inspire just as many without the shock value. I relate this to a story of a war hero. The story is going to have just as much of a powerful impact even if we neglect to show a gruesome photo of the war injuries they suffered. Sometimes realistic isn’t exactly what we are looking for but rather optimism even if its a little naive.
How do you feel about this bloggers? Did the magazine make a wrong decision in denying the photo in the first place?