SELF Magazine Gets New Editor After Tutu-Bashing Backlash - NBC 7 San Diego

SELF Magazine Gets New Editor After Tutu-Bashing Backlash



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    SELF magazine is getting a new editor-in-chief, Condé Nast has announced, just one week after a huge public backlash over the magazine bashing a cancer survivor’s tutu.

    In a news release Thursday, Condé Nast announced that Joyce Chang will take over as editor-in-chief of SELF on May 1. Chang, who was previously executive editor at Cosmopolitan, will replace Lucy Danziger.

    The company did not give a reason for the change.

    Danziger led the magazine’s public apology to San Diego runner and cancer survivor Monika Allen.

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    In the April issue of SELF, a picture of Allen running a marathon in a tutu appeared on the magazine’s “BS Meter.” Allen gave SELF permission to use the photo, which also pictures friend Tara Baize, not knowing the magazine would use it to poke fun.

    What the magazine did not mention is that Allen makes the tutus and sells them to benefit the Girls on the Run charity in San Diego. Further, Allen has brain cancer and ran that L.A. marathon, dressed up as Wonder Woman, while going through chemotherapy treatments.

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    After what Twitter dubbed as #tutugate, Danziger issued several apologies promising change. She said SELF would be getting rid of the "BS Meter" after the May issue.

    The public outrage started after NBC 7 San Diego first reported Allen's story on March 26. Angry readers took to Twitter and inundated SELF magazine's Facebook page.

    Allen's tutu company Glam Runner went from a little more than 1,000 Facebook likes before the story broke to now nearly 37,000. The publicity also led to $5,000 in donations for Girls on the Run, Allen said in a phone interview with NBC 7 on Thursday.

    "I had no intention for anyone to lose their job. I just wanted an apology, which I received," Allen said in response to Danziger's departure, which Condé Nast has not linked to the tutu backlash.

    Allen also said she's happy to see the magazine do away with the "BS Meter" feature.

    "It's just not good for a self-empowerment publication," she said.

    Vice president and publisher Laura McEwen will also be leaving SELF magazine, according to the news release.

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