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A Running Magazine Put A Plus-Size Model On Its Cover And People Are Into It

This is what a runner looks like.

The August 2015 issue of the magazine Women's Running features NYC runner Erica Schenk.

Women’s Running /James Farrell / Via
Women’s Running /James Farrell
Women’s Running /James Farrell

A plus-size model on the cover of a magazine — especially a fitness magazine — is relatively rare.

"There's a stereotype that all runners are skinny, and that's just not the case," the magazine's editor-in-chief, Jessica Sebor, told

She continued: "Runners come in all shapes and sizes. You can go any race finish line, from a 5K to a marathon, and see that. It was important for us to celebrate that."

"I think that every woman goes to the magazine rack sometimes and feels like she can't see herself in the cover images," Sebor said. "We wanted our readers to feel like they could see themselves in our cover."

Which is why people were excited and emotional to see Schenk on the cover.

I almost cried when I opened my mailbox and seen a thick girl like me ON THE COVER. Thank you @WomensRunning 👏💞

@WomensRunning gave me chills because this is incredibly awesome. THANK YOU, said every girl and woman in America.

@WomensRunning beautiful! Thank you for this wonderful cover with a lovely woman runner that shows all sizes run! Thank you! thank you!

@WomensRunning Makes me wonder if I can run...? Maybe it's time to stop worrying about what others think and just do it?

This is 👌 proving that runner's come in all shapes and sizes. Smashing that stereotype! Well done #womensrunning mag👏

#WCW Goes to the totally fierce #plussizemodel #EricaSchenk. Thanks to #WomensRunningmagazine…

"Some women believe that since they have curves they can’t run or shouldn’t run," Schenk said.

But a person doesn't have to look any particular way to be a runner.

The cover is definitely a step toward dispelling the myth that runners come in one size — thin.

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