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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Pamela on

ynop—–Thank you!!! I commented on that too…Size 14 is NOT healthy. It is normal…but unhealthy! And stop bashing thin people! Just because we’re naturally thin or we actually exercice does NOT mean we are not real…we are simply healthy!

Kelli on

ynop —
Lol. Do you realize this women wears a 12-14? Do you think she is overweight & needs to go to the gym? Please!

Oh & PS: who says “like seriously”

Tiana on

I am glad to see that this girl is CONFIDENT in her skin to pose this way but honestly her stomach is not attractive. This was not something I wanted to see. She is beatiful and there is nothing wrong with her size at all. Something the ladies commenting here regarding size 14 are forgeting to mention is their height. I am 5’5″, had 2 kids, a size 2 and I weigh 120 lbs which is IDEAL for my height. If I weighed 155 I would be considered overweight. Size 14 may now be considered NORMAL because sadly it has become the MAJORITY. I’m glad the magazine opted to make this girl a COVER but they should have dressed her. I wouldn’t want to see a 5’11” 95 lb supermodel naked either.

Pamela on

Yes, I believe this woman could go to the gym.

phyllis on

a real normal person not these bobble headed emaciated women…thank you glamour will now get a subscription to your magazine…keep it up!

A.S. on

FINALLY!!!!!!! I don’t buy Glamour, Elle, Cosmo or any other magazine that portrays woman in a size 0-2 as normal. I wouldn’t have even known about this ad, but for CNN. I am a mother of 2 and before my gorgeous babies, I was a size 4. Now I am a Woman and its refreshing to see a natural woman’s curves that are just beautiful!!!!

jerry on

This woman is smokin hot.A beautiful woman is a beautiful woman no matter her size.I’m glad to not see her hip bones and ribs sticking out. She is beautiful!!!

sarah on

I think it’s insulting that our culture judges someone’s “fitness” on the amount of stomach fat they have. I am physically fit and eat healthy. My entire body is thin except for my stomach which looks like an obese person’s, jiggles and hangs over when I sit down. It is something that is inherited and has never gone away, even when I was borderline anorexic in high school. I have been kept off of dance and cheer teams even though I fit all the requirements – I just can’t wear a cropped top because my stomach hangs over. I think that our society needs to stop focusing on one body part and look at the person as a whole.

Jeanine on

Please! That’s plus size? She looks fine to me, just has a bit of a tummy. After 3 kids, my body looks just like hers. I never thought of myself as plus size. I’m glad they’re showing a real women, but watch the wording, glamour.

chandi on

She is not PLUS size at 12, she is normal and we all have problem areas, even skinny girls, I have a very toned body, I’m a size 8, but the same belly as her, and without plastic surgery always will, I workout, eat healthy but I have the worst metabolism on the planet. I look at food and gain weight! So I like what she said about its not “easy” for all of us, some people think its laziness but genetics make up a huge part of how we are shaped. Im the smallest in my entire family and it takes constant work. I applaud the mag for showing a normal beautiful gal, but we also should realize that complacency in our soceity is an epidemic. However this article highlights that she does pay attention to her health and wellness and although she may not be considered “perfect” is beautiful how she is. KUDOS to the model.

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