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Self Magazine’s Tutu-Bashing Snafoo

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Vanderbilt chapter.

Self is one of the most popular women’s health and lifestyle magazines on the market. It’s known for providing nutrition and fitness tips that actually seem reasonable, as well as other fun content pertinent to women. It has a total print circulation of over 1.5 million readers, and despite a photoshop scandal a few years ago, they very rarely get bad press. Until now, that is. 

In Self’s April issue, the “BS Meter” ranked running tutus as a lame fitness trend that needs to go. You can see Self’s exact words in the picture below, accompanied by a cute picture of brain cancer survivor and co-founder of Glam Runner, Monika Allen. Allen was undergoing chemo when she ran the LA Marathon with her friend- you can even see the words “Die Tumor Die” on her friend’s running bib, in support of Allen’s condition. 


The feature started getting buzzed about when Allen herself tweeted: “Excited to see our tutus in SELF Magazine… but shocked to see that running tutus are classified as lame.” Allen only gave Self the rights to the picture because she assumed it would be used in a positive way, thus giving Glam Runner some good PR. Obviously, Self’s use of the photo was quite a surprise, and not a good one.

Though Lucy Danziger, editor-in-chief of Self, has publicly apologized for the feature, many individuals continue to bash the magazine on all forms of social media. Self will clearly take a big hit from this scandal, and only time can tell how quickly they will recover. 

Stacey Oswald, originally from South Florida, came to Vanderbilt as a member of the class of 2015 and got involved with HerCampus her freshman year. She became assistant editor that year and is now the Campus Correspondent for Vanderbilt HC as a sophomore. Stacey is currently a columnist for Ask Miss A- Nashville and the life section of The Hustler. She's also very involved in her sorority, Kappa Delta, as well as Invisible Children. Outside of school and her extracurriculars, Stacey finds happiness in many sources, the most crucial being exercise and the sun. She loves to attend exercise classes and is an avid runner; she recently completed the Country Music Half Marathon. She also loves Vitamin D, especially when on the beach- though of course, she only soaks up the sun after applying SPF. A few of the things Stacey couldn't live without? Good food (especially from Sweet Cece's, Bricktops, and Samurai Sushi), great books (The Hypnotist's Love Story is a recent favorite), her family back in Florida, her wonderful boyfriend, and all of the great friends she's made at Vanderbilt.