Woman Battles Alleged 'Shape Magazine' Body Shaming

After losing 170 pounds, Brooke Birmingham says the health magazine refused to publish her before and after bikini pictures.
2:26 | 05/08/14

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Topping this morning's "Heat index," one woman blasting a fitness magazine after losing 150-plus pounds. She says the magazine made her feel like she should be ashamed of her brand-new body. ABC's Linzie Janis has the story. Reporter: 29-year-old Brooke Birmingham's 170-pound weight loss was so dramatic, it caught the attention of "Shape," magazine, which wanted to feature her success story. I e-mailed them back saying I was interested in doing the interview because I was interested in getting my story out to people. Reporter: But when Brooke sent them this after-photo in a bikini, loose skin and all, "Shape" asked her to cover up. I don't feel they were showing my body respect. Reporter: Brooke refused, showing the real side of extreme weight loss. And the challenges don't end after the after photo. People need to see what a body looks like after a massive weight loss. Reporter: In a statement released to ABC news, "Shape" magazine said, this is a result of a misunderstanding with a freelance writer and the comments made about "Shape's" editorial policy are absolutely untrue. "Shape" prides itself on empowering and celebrating women like Brooke. Even natural, gradual weight loss can leave extra skin, that in some cases, can only be fixed by surgery. You might be left with some loose skin. Reporter: Chris Powell, the host of "Extreme makeover: Weight loss edition," offers participants surgery, after getting to a key milestone. But says its presence should be considered a mark of accomplishment. When you see the excess skin, it is a beautiful thing. It shows how strong that individual is. Reporter: Brooke, who works as a weight watchers leader in Illinois, says she's excited for bikini season just around the corner, with no cover-up. All it boils down to is feeling good in our own skin. And knowing you don't have to look like the picture of a model on a magazine. Reporter: For "Good morning America," Linzie Janis, ABC news, New York. Kind of like a scar. I'm proud of my scars. They represent a battle that you faced. And it's a reminder of what you've been through and how you got to where you are today. Feeling good in your own skin. That's what it's all about.

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