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 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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nemesis on

Sorry, but this girl needs to work out. I agree that not all women can be thin, but even so, they can make an effort. I will show. That stomach is not something to be proud of, and it doesn’t mean that if many women have it, it should be celebrated. No offense.

elizabeth on

umm i would not call her plus size. plus size to me is a bmi over 24. her bmi looks like 22. i]unless you are VERY VERY thin-everyones stomach does that. my bmi is 20.3 i am 5’3 and wear a size 2 and my stomach does that. i would never in a million years call me plus size!! do i think a bmi over 24 is healthy-NO WAY. people need to NOT embrace unhealthy bodies and that goes for too thin and too fat. normal bmi 18.5-24…

MakeitWork on

Just wanted to say, you can be size 4 and not be stick-thin. I find that very insulting, the thing about 0-2 jeans. That is very insulting I repeat. You can’t help it if you naturally have skinnier arms. Yes, you don’t want to be size 0, but you don’t want to be size 7 either. It’s more like, you would want to be four. And, there are plenty of people I know, that are in size 2’s, and they look great, fit and toned. I don’t think they should consider this woman plus-sized, but I don’t think they should yell at naturally skinnier people at all. I eat a lot of food, yet I’m naturally skinnier. I don’t diet, I eat as much as possible in fact. I’m not anorexic, but I’m not fat either. I’m just a normal young girl who is very insulted by some of the things posters have been saying. It’s an insult, you know. On another site, there were some people yelling at photos of young girls who looked tone, and really they looked fine, but they said “Dang Amanda Bynes is fat.” Don’t say we’re skinny but then tell us to lose weight, it’s not fair. It’s important to be in good shape, it’s not healthy to be plus-sized and stay plus-sized. I don’t know ANY plus-sized woman who are happy with their weight, I remember in 5th grade I was 75 pounds kind of, and all of the heavier, 100 pound girls yelled at me. I am in good shape now but this is just unfair what I have seen.
Just My Opinion, and I don’t want to be offensive.

Jill Parsons on

Women shouldn’t be labeled “plus” or “anorexic” or anything like that. It’s damaging to women! I’m a size 4 and still have a roll in my tummy. Size means nothing! Lets celebrate body diversity!

Lisa on

How is this considered plus size? This is normal!! She looks beautiful. Reality is if you stand anyone next to a “supermodel” they will look obese. I prefer my 140 lbs to any hungry, sick-looking 95 lb runway model.

B on

I think she looks beautiful, we need more people like her.

Devon on

Go Lizzi! Now that is what I call real confidence– it’s being comfortable with who you are and not comparing yourself to others. Go girl! Confidence definitely comes from within!

Tracie on

ROCK IT!!!!!!!!! Not sure if she is aplus size, but she looks beyond great!!!!!!!! This is what we NORMAL women look like!!!! Glamour should a do a spread with 1 normal girl from each state, so that these young girls, know what they should look like!!!!!!!! Great job Glamour!!!!!!!

Kelli on

Makeitwork-
You babble on & on, you know no one cares right?

I am 5 4 & I wear a size 7. OMG I must not be happy with my body?! Give me a break.
I love my body. I don’t have to be a “size 4″ to be happy with myself.

JMO, no offense

Lynda on

I think she is beautiful. Your need to make her the covergirl. I bet you’ll be getting lots of new subscriptions because of this. WAY TO GO!!!

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