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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ynop on

All you women on here must be seriously overweight, if you complain/comment about her not being “plus size”. Like seriously, compared to other models she IS bigger. My goodness…the point is to illustrate being comfortable in your own skin and you women keep pointing out the fact that she isn’t plus size. Get a grip. And I’m sorry, but if you’re over a size 12, your butt needs to be IN the G-Y-M instead of commenting on a website. And yes, I mean to be somewhat offensive, because too many people keep cheering that size 14+ is healthy/normal…NO it’s not! Get your big butt a trainer/YMCA membership and a diet plan.

Catherine on

Thank you Thank you Thank you.

Kelli on

Did you just call us dump?

Nicely done.

Susan on

Amen for Glamour Magazine! I am very happy to see that a real woman who is not a size 0 featured. She isn’t a plus size, she’s the perfect size.

Meredith on

This beautiful photo is a welcome inch forward in the direction of reality, but it’s absolutely laughable that this average-sized woman with a mini tummy is considered “plus-size.” Just goes to show you how warped the fashion and Hollywood/celebrity standards are. Give us a break!

Rhiannan on

It was so good to see a beautiful girl proudly showing off her body that is so much more like the typical woman’s body. The amazing thing was, I looked at her and thought to myself “She looks good…oh my God, her body looks like mine! I must not look all that bad either!”

brihara on

I think it’s great that they put a bigger woman in a fashion magazine. But I don’t think overweight people should just accept and love their curves…it’s about more than just looks and beauty….it’s about your health

Boriqua on

Good for her. I get sick and tired of seeing all these skin and bones. I go to the gym I work out but and I have curves. Curves are sexy! This girl on here I give her a lot of props. She made my day. That’s real. You go girl and thank you!

sm on

This girl is gorgeous with a healthy body. The reason why she’s considered “plus size” is due to “modeling industry standards,” according to the article, but then 90% of women in this country would be considered plus size by those. Society/the modeling industry still has a long way to go in order to accept this figure as the norm, but at least progress is being made.

Nemesis, people can work out and still have a poochy gut that barely slims down due to genetics. I know from experience.

Melissa on

I agree she looks beautiful and its nice to see skin instead of just bones, but I definitely would not call her “plus-sized”. By what exact measures do we define a person to be plus-sized? If they weigh over 120 lbs? She looks to be a person of average weight and build. Just because she has some stomach flab? That’s ridiculous. Still, I applaude Glamour for having the courage for placing someone who most every woman in America can relate to!

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