The Woman Behind Glamour's Plus-Size Buzz: "I Learned to Love My Body for How It Is"

08/25/2009 at 02:23 PM ET

Courtesy Glamour

For their September issue, Glamour put a refreshing spin on beauty, showcasing an underwear-clad 20-year-old plus-size model, who has the magazine’s readers applauding. After receiving many thank-you letters through the mag, the Wilhelmina model, Lizzi Miller, talked to about what it’s like to be garnering so much positive attention. “When I was young I really struggled with my body and how it looked because I didn’t understand why my friends were so effortlessly skinny,” she tells the magazine’s editor-in-chief Cindi Leive. “As I got older I realized that everyone’s body is different and not everyone is skinny naturally–me included! I learned to love my body for how it is, every curve of it. I used to be so self-conscious in a bikini because my stomach wasn’t perfectly defined. But everyone has different body shapes! And it’s not all about the physical! If you walk on the beach in your bikini with confidence and you feel sexy, people will see you that way too.” But Lizzi isn’t the only woman in the magazine who’s dealt with body issues. Cover-girl Jessica Simpson is putting her own positive spin on her “mom jeans” experience from earlier this year with a new reality show that explores beauty obsessions around the globe. Click here to hear more of Lizzi’s story; then check out Jessica’s September Glamour cover.


Courtesy Glamour

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Trish on

It is great to see these magazines going in this direction. This girl is actually pretty beautiful. I wouldn’t call her really all that plus size – she has a little tummy but the rest of her is pretty lean looking. Still, I am happy to see the message is ’embrace and love who you are’. It takes guts to show the world your imperfections so I applaud this woman.

Melissa on

Thank you!

Pam on

It’s about time that a magazine photo portrays what most healthy, happy women look like. I have nothing but the utmost respect for this model and this magazine. THANK YOU!!!

Glenda Harris on

Thanks, Lizzie. You are definitely an inspiration. And thanks to Glamour to being a trailblazer. You have made alot of people happy.

mm on

She is beautiful

alabamagirls on

finally !!! a regular size girl. we are all sick of the size zeros and twos . come on the rest of you hire a size 14 so we can see how we really look in clothes. LOVE IT.
glamour starts a trend . Positive Pictures and thinking will help these teens who arent sure how to look. anorexia could be cured by a magazine !!!

Leslie on

Finally some stretch marks! I was getting sick of seeing “real women” advertisements/photo shoots with a little extra chub, but no stretch marks, cellulite, etc.

cindy on

She is perfect in every way!

Debbie on

Bom para você! Parabéns! Está importante para você amar se..

lisa on

I too agree that I don’t see that she is a “plus size” model. She looks fabulous! Look at those arms! Look at the rest of her body – Honestly, if that is plus size, I must be obese! Thank you to Glamour for placing a person that we can actually relate to! In fact, I may actually go out buy the magazine and if this “normal” accounting of real women continues – I will buy a subscription for myself and for friends as gifts! Let’s hope teens see this also. Wow. Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice! Thank you, thank you, thank you, editors!

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