Woman Who Lost Weight Will Flaunt Her Stomach In ‘Shape’ After All

Woman Who Lost Weight Will Flaunt Her Stomach In ‘Shape’ After All
Women
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

It looks like Brook Birmingham will get her magazine spread, after all.

The Illinois blogger had agreed to become part of a before-and-after piece for Shape magazine after she lost an epic 172 pounds.

But Birmingham first made news for a different reason: When she submitted her photos to the Shape author, with her excess skin clearly visible in the bikini she was proudly wearing, she received a response asking her to resubmit… covered up.

Instead of following Shape’s direction, Birmingham decided to bare it all, and presented news sources and other online communities with her story.

Since her story went viral, the support and publicity Birmingham received for her decision to show what “real” weight loss looks like has led Shape to reverse their decision.

In a May 9 segment of “The Today Show,” Birmingham appeared with Shape editor Bahar Takhtehchian to let the world know the she, alongside five other “real” women, would be featured in the print issue of the magazine, showing as much skin as they want.

Birmingham took to her blog to state how excited she was with the magazine’s new decision:

When I posted the blog post, I wanted a conversation to happen and wanted to spark a change in magazines today. That is exactly what happened. I’m excited to now be working with Shape to feature women who have gone through an extreme weight loss and showing their readers what can happen not only physically, but also mentally when doing just that.

Congrats to Birmingham for not taking “no” for an answer. After overcoming obesity and transforming her life, Birmingham proves that there’s no stopping those who will work to make their voices heard.

H/T: Huffington Post, Photo Courtesy: Brooke Birmingham

Share Tweet
React
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

Katie Gonzalez

Katie Gonzalez is a contributing writer covering fashion and feminism. Katie graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Middle Eastern Studies and currently lives in Haifa, Israel, splitting time between academic research and scouting for “The Middle East’s Next Top Falafel Wrap.” She enjoys a hot cup of green tea and a Joan Didion novel to take the edge off her aggressive online shopping addiction. Follow along on Twitter and Instagram: @KatieGonzalez12

More In Women

Women Emily Arata

Women Who Never Reported Rapes Share Their Heartbreaking Stories On Twitter

Although rape and consent are increasingly discussed subjects, the potentially life-ruining effects of sexual violation are not always easy to be open about. As eight women came forward to accuse former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi of sexual violence and abuse, Toronto Star journalist Antonia Zerbisias sent out a tweet in support of all those who’ve been raped. The […]

Women Ashley Fern

16 Reasons The Best Place For An Ego Boost Is The Women’s Restroom

You will never meet a nicer, more sincere and/or more accommodating female than in a crowded women’s restroom. Sure, this may apply when you are sober, but it reaches a whole different level of complimentary when every girl involved is extremely intoxicated. Forgot your eyeliner? Need some coverup? An oil sheet? It doesn’t matter how unsanitary […]

Women Lauren Martin

Why It’s Hotter To Refuse A Drink Than To Accept One

College is different than the real world in many ways. It was a bubble; you were able to act, dress and live in a way deemed unacceptable in the “real world.” It was a time of beer bongs, keg stands and crop tops. It’s when Sundays were for nursing hangovers and handles of vodka were […]

Women Lauren Martin

34 Reasons Why Being A Hot Mess After 25 Just Isn’t Cute Anymore

Society loves a hot mess. Amanda Bynes, Lindsay Lohan, Mischa Barton, Britney Spears. We follow their drama, like distant friends, wondering what they’ll do next, which part of the law they will test and how far they will keep slipping down this embarrassing, yet all too entertaining slide. There’s a certain age, however, when the […]

Women Gillian Fuller

A Porn Star Turned The Tables And Catcalled Men In The Street (Video)

By now, you’ve almost certainly seen Hollaback!’s controversial video that revealed the harsh reality of the prevalence of sexual harassment women face in New York on a daily basis. Well, even before Hollamovement’s video hit the Internet, porn star Kayden Kross conducted her own sexual harassment social experiment — but instead of exposing the harassment she […]

Women Kathryn Kvas

Ladies, Stop Saying You Can’t: 3 Times Women Literally Can, And Should

Ladies, what can’t we do? According to society, media and ourselves, a lot. The ideas, “you can’t,” “I can’t” and “we can’t,” are phrases often said to and by women. This happens because the world values twerking over teaching, and thigh gaps over wage gaps. And we’re (partly) to blame. The “I can’t do (math, humor, sports)” phenomenon […]

Also On Elite

World

Hero 13-Year-Old Boy Saves Mom From Abusive Boyfriend By Stabbing Him

A 13-year-old boy from Phoenix reportedly saved his mother’s life after her abusive boyfriend attacked. Darvon reached for a kitchen knife after his mother’s long distance boyfriend, Keith Childress, 26, began beating her while threatening the boy and his 15-year-old sister. He stabbed Childress repeatedly, acting on his instincts. He said, It was my instincts, I […]

Envision

5-Year-Old Autistic Painter Has Amazing Relationship With Therapy Cat (Photos)

Different types of therapy work for different people, and for some, specialized therapy pets — like cats — are an effective method of therapy. Such is the case with Iris Grace, a 5-year-old girl with autism. Iris is relatively famous for her artistic abilities: She’s an incredibly talented painter, and her work has been shared […]

Sports

College Kid Who Has Never Played Basketball Hits 4 Shots To Win $10K

A 23-year-old Bryan College student, Gustavo Angel Tamayo, says he’s never played basketball before. I don’t believe him. During a school function, he was selected for a chance to win $10,000 in tuition money. He just had to hit four shots in 30 seconds: one layup, a free throw, a 3-pointer and of course, the […]

Humor

Kid Passes Out Immediately After Joining Performer Onstage (Video)

Little kids love being the center of attention because they love doing things most people will only tolerate when your age can be expressed in single digits. Hogging the spotlight is one of those things. I’m assuming the kid in this video was really excited to get on stage, and I’m also going to assume […]

Life

10 Times Mercury In Retrograde Completely F*cked Up Your Life

Mercury is in retrograde and it’s ruining our lives. Things that used to come easy to us, like this post, are now slowing to a halt. Frustrations are abound. In general, life sucks more. And it’s all because the planet Mercury has decided to put its name down, flip it and reverse it. Everything from […]