Brooke Birmingham says she was excited to be in 'Shape' magazine so she sent them a bikini picture, but she never expected their response.
She says she got this back as a response: "My editors were hoping you could send over a different after photo. (You look ah-mazing, of course, but they are looking to include one with a shirt.) It's just their editorial policy with these specific stories to be fully clothed, simple as that. Trust me, we are so excited to have you be part of it, are inspired by your weight loss., and you look great in that bikini photo."
and later when Brooke was upset by the request she got this apology from a worker at the magazine
"My editor simply asked for another option... I am so sorry that I offended you with that request. It wasn't meant to be insulting."
A Shape representative told Buzzfeed Tuesday that the whole thing was a "misunderstanding" between the freelance reporter, the editorial team, and Birmingham, and that "any indication" they would not run the piece was "wrong."
Birmingham talks to HLN’s Mike Galanos about her extreme weight loss and why she thinks it's wrong that a fitness magazine asked her to cover up for a weight loss profile.