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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

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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 Glamour.com 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.


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MakeitWork on

I don’t mean to be rude, but to be plus-sized isn’t a good thing. Do you think heavier people can find clothes that fit them? No. They can’t. I have seen many and it takes forever. I think it’s great she accepts herself, but I know I couldn’t except being fat. I want to be fit and be able to find clothes, not to be the oppisite. JMO, No offense to anyone out there. ;)

laci on

I am so glad that she is happy with herself no matter what the fashion world says.

She isn’t exactly what I would call plus, but i am happy that Glamour is taking a step towards acceptance of all woman!

Jackie on

I do NOT consider her plus size, she looks great, maybe a tummy issue (in her eyes) but the rest of her looks below what I consider plus.

Either way as a mother of 3 very body conscious teeh daughters (sizes, 0, 2, 4) I am very impressed with her modeling for this pic, and for the magazine for running it.

Grace on

It’s about time!!!!

melanie on

plus size? i see her as NORMAL!!…..skinny girls take note…she has got a bod!

Sandra on

Hi, I am so tired of seeing stick thin women on covers of magazines when I believe the majority of women are a size 14 or above like myself. I am so happy to see this woman so confident in herself and I applaud her so much! She has made us women who are bigger than her to feel a whole lot better about ourselves! Thanks for getting the message out there that not all women are thin and beautiful, but full size and beautiful also!!

Joy on

i saw this and nobody wants to see this, if we wanted to see fat and stretch marks we could go to our mirrors. she could’ve at least laid on her back so her stomach caved in

emily on

Lizzi Miller is beautiful, and in my opinion, normal sized, not plus sized. Thank you Glamour for putting, at least one, real woman in your magazine.

MakeitWork on

Oh, I wanted to add, the only way you can find clothes is if you go to the plus-sized section. And that doesn’t mean your happy, it’s hard to see a store and have to walk in and see “14 & Up” on the size sign. It’s hard to know your not able to fit into the jeans you used to, and now your working out. If your in stretch pants. That doesn’t mean your happy with yourself! I went shopping with a friend of mine, and she isn’t size 14, she’s size 7, but with a bigger stomach. She considered 9. She doesn’t feel happy with herself. Why would anyone feel happy with thereself when they’re heavy? JMO, No offense to anyone. ;)

Renee on

She doesn’t look plus size to me…

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