San Diego tutu run response to Self magazine mockery

SAN DIEGO - Supporters of a San Diego brain cancer survivor who was recently ridiculed in a national magazine for running races in a tutu are turning the tables.
         
In its April issue, Self magazine published a photo of Tara Baize and Monika Allen running the March 9 L.A. Marathon in tutus. Baize was wearing a a Supergirl shirt and Allen was dressed as Wonder Woman.

Baize told 10News the magazine asked permission to use the photo.  

“We thought it would be used in a positive light; once we saw it, read what it said, we were absolutely disappointed.”
         
Allen is a brain cancer survivor, and the two women were offended when the magazine labeled their tutus as “lame.”  
         
Allen is a co-founder of Glam Runner, which sells tutus to raise money for Girls on The Run of San Diego -- nonprofit group dedicated to teaching life skills to young girls.

Self Editor-in-Chief Lucy Danziger caught a great deal of criticism. The magazine was even forced to release a statement of apology.   

 “She reached out to Monika and apologized last night,” Baize said Friday. “I'm feeling very supported from family, from strangers, getting emails left and right.”

However, out of the fallout from the Self magazine post, the idea of a Tutus Rock Beach Run was born. It’s an effort to turn lemons into lemonade. So far, more than 100 people have signed up to take part in the run, which was organized by Annie Sawyer.

“Right now it makes us feel awesome because the negative attention was for ten minutes and for the last 48 hours we've been hearing that people think it’s unacceptable and that tutus rock,” Sawyer said.  

Amy Jerome is Executive Director of Girls on the Run—San Diego.  She donned a tutu to illustrate.  

“This is a symbol for be who you want to be, be proud of yourself, do what makes you feel good. Get out there, be active, and if wearing a tutu makes you feel good, makes you smile and keep running or walking or dancing, then that is what this is all about.”

The run is scheduled for Saturday at 8 a.m. at Torrey Pines State Beach.

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