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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Nicole on

I wish I had her body!! Although, I too agree she’s not all that plus size, she’s beautiful. And let’s face it standing up that belly looks even better. Regardless it’s about time a magazine starts using real women in magazines we need better images for us, our daughters and generations beyond. I would love to see real women on all magazine covers, even ones like Shape!

Melissa on

She is beautiful. This is how a normal, healthy woman should look. Not too fat, not too skinny. Makes me happy :)

H on

Beautiful!!!I don’t see plus size at all. She looks great. I wish more men would see that women are beautiful because who they are and not what we look like. Good for her. I wish I had that confidence.

GL on

Bravo!!!!

Jodi on

I think Lizzie looks wonderful and I am happy that Glamour decided to showcase her beauty. However, I have to say that is seems kind of messed up that she is considered “plus size.” Are you kidding me? She is NOT plus size by any stretch of the imagination!

Pamela on

She is beautiful. But even though size 14 is the average’s woman size…a size 14 is actually large and could lead to health problems. I appreciate that people should accept their own bodies, but there is a limit. Size 14 is unhealthy and obesity leads to premature death. So embrace yourself…but realize being healthy is just as important…we should not encourage obsesity like we sometimes do.

Cindy on

It’s a nice attempt at trying to put “Plus Size” out there, but this woman is by no means a plus size individual. Plus is not a bit of a fat sack around the tummy. It’s being thick with extra meat in the tummy, the arms, the back, the thighs, the breast, and the butt. She needs some shapewear and she’s just fine.
Please go back to the drawing board!

cj on

OMG:this woman is NOT plus sized! She is a stunning, curvy woman.
That said: I sort of take offense to all of the comments about smaller women not being “real.” I have been small my entire life (even though I can out eat most of the people on this forum & enjoy food)and I am only 109 lbs right now. I still have my own curves and am quite happy with my appearance. No, I am not anorexic, I don’t eat like abird or turn down a meal of fried, fatty foods. I am just right the way I am am. Funny how folk stand up for fabulously full figured queens while trouncing on the self esteem of those representing the petite posse. (Hope I spelled that right, lol!)
We still have a long way to go, beautiful people (we all are beautiful); at any rate the model is gorgeous & that awesome SMILE sets it off!

diane on

YOU GUYS ARE PURE JACKASSES TO BELIEVE THIS IS A PLUS SIZE. A PLUS SIZE WOMEN IS FAT NOT SKINNY WITH A LITTLE TUMMY. GET OVER YOURSELVES. THIS DOESN’T MEAN THE MAGAZINE DID YOU JUSTICE BECAUSE YOU SEE A LITTLE STRECTH MARKS. YOU GUYS ARE SO DUMP.

Megan on

It is great that they are featuring women that are bigger than a size zero in a magazine. I just can’t believe that they are calling Lizzi a plus size model. She is smaller than the average woman yet they still call her plus size. She may barely have a tummy but she looks no where close to being a plus size model. This article is supposed to be uplifting for the normal woman but when you see them calling her a plus size model it makes you feel like you are obese…

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