In Honor Of All The ‘Lame’ TuTu-Wearers

In Honor Of All The ‘Lame’ TuTu-Wearers

When I was five or six I used to want to be a ballerina, and an astronaut and writer, but a ballerina was always number one on my proverbial list of careers. I was enrolled in ballet, like most little girls are at one point or another, and I’d always hope I’d get to wear a tutu like the big girls and twirl around, so people would applaud me and my beautiful dancing.

There is something quite magical about a tutu and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that women sometimes choose to run in them–even grown women. Maybe for that one day a woman has the chance to be the ballerina she’s always dreamed of, if you’re like me, or the chance to show little girls that even if you don’t have the opportunity to wear a tutu on a big stage, you can surely wear one while running a big race.

Even if you, the bystander watching her, finds it to be silly, I can guarantee you won’t take your eyes off the exuberance in her face and the strength in her stride. So, I wonder why Self, a women’s magazine, would publicly criticize one woman for choosing to run a marathon in a tutu shortly after learning she had cancer?

Monica Allen, a tutu-wearer, cancer survivor, and GOTR-San Diego board member, just happens to also have a tutu company, Glam Runner, who donates a portion of the funds to–you guessed it–Girls on the Run.

The decision by Self to publish a some-what shaming article in their magazine was tasteless, so tasteless in fact that the Huffington Post even wrote about it, but their mockery on behalf of Allen isn’t that surprising.

The column was about a woman running in a tutu, but it wasn’t really about the tutu, or the fact that a woman was running in one, but how we as women have this affinity to judgement. We’ll pass it off as a joke, or swear we’re not judging and simply “giving an opinion,” but you see where an opinion landed Self Magazine.

If anything can be learned from Monica Allen, and Self Magazine, it’s the necessary action to stop caring what other people are doing. If you really think about it why would someone care about a woman choosing to run in a tutu to empower and challenge her body? Especially if that women is fighting for her life? We should be applauding her for taking to the pavement to prove to herself that if she can endure this challenge, maybe she can endure others, too.

We truly never know what people are going through and if we did, some of us would still have something to say about it. But Girls on the Run consciously chooses to break the critical mold and help form girls to be empathetic and loving–not judgmental and critical–of everyone they encounter. It makes sense that Allen donates to our wonderful organization because it takes a special person, a strong person, to choose to be different.

Let’s all stop worrying so much about what someone else is doing, and stop giving opinions when they aren’t asked for, because you could be adding more problems to someone’s life and not even know it.

Here’s to Monica Allen, her fight against cancer, and her ‘frufru’ tutu. You go, girl.

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