Shape magazine needs to grow a pair. LeAnn Rimes appeared on the cover of the October issue, in a story about how working out helped her get through her divorce from husband Dean Sheremet and the negative publicity surrounding her relationship with Eddie Cibrian. LeAnn and Eddie, of course, started their romance while they were both still married and apparently some of Shape‘s readers did not appreciate the magazine putting an OMG adulteress on the cover. In response, editor-in-chief Valerie Latona sent an email to subscribers apologizing for the “terrible mistake” in putting a “husband stealer” on the cover.Latona wrote:
You are all in good company (why I’m e-mailing you all together) as you all agree Shape has made a terrible mistake in putting LeAnn Rimes on the cover.
Please know that our putting her on the cover was not meant to put a husband-stealer on a pedestal, but to show (through her story) how we all are human. And this woman in particular found strength in exercise in what she said was her most difficult personal moment.
But it did not come across that way … And for that I’m terribly sorry.
I hope that we can do better the next time for those of you that will give us another chance.
Geez. Way to sell the woman out, Val. For starters, readers of magazines and blogs (ahem) complain. Sometimes those complaints are valid and sometimes they’re not and when they’re not, you have to stand by the decisions you made. Shape is a fitness magazine that put LeAnn Rimes on the cover because she’s got a bangin’ body after years of yoga and pilates. Her personal story is only relevant in the sense that she discussed the ways in which fitness helped her during a trying time in her life, something that many women — and I expect many readers of Shape — can relate to.
Rimes had an affair with a married man and while it’s not the greatest choice in the world, she’s hardly the first to do it and certainly won’t be the last. The fact is that these two clearly fell in love. How they handled that fact may not have been ideal, but, hey, it’s not like she physically assaulted someone or went on a racist tirade. Should Shape have anticipated getting some angry letters from readers? Probably. But the editor should have stood by her decision and, instead of slut-shaming the mag’s cover girl, told those sanctimonious readers to take a time-out from polishing their halos. [via TooFab]