Brooke Birmingham. The Illinois blogger who lost 170 pounds has turned a rejected bikini photo of her post-weight loss body into a viral campaign for “real” bodies. After years of following the Weight Watchers diet plan, Birmingham, 28, says she was to be featured on a before-and-after weight-loss spread for the website for Shape magazine. Birmingham submitted a photo of her in a two-piece swimsuit, proudly show the folds of her belly. When the magazine’s writer asked her to submit a different “after” picture, one with her wearing a T-shirt, Birmingham became frustrated, especially after seeing other photos of women in bikinis on the site. “I don’t feel like my body was given the same respect as others on their site,” she wrote in a blog post on May 2, saying the magazine rejected her "real" body. Shape Magazine says it was a freelance writer who they had hired to do the story that rejected her photo. Not them..umm..OK, whatever. :) Read what Brook wrote on her Facebook page about it....

Brooke:  .. Today, I have an interview with SHAPE Magazine online to be featured on their website. Of course they asked for before and after photos of me. I decided to send them the photo of me in my bikini, which in all honestly scares me. (lots of people will see this!) BUT, it is by far one of my favorites because 172 pounds ago, I NEVER imagined myself in a bikini. And yes, there is loose skin and imperfections, but it is MY body. I only get one and I worked DAMN hard to get this one! Quite frankly, I find it beautiful! Also, I want to show others that you should be proud of your body no matter what, because it can do some pretty incredible things for you!