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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GoddessLu on

I’ve always been a bigger girl but managed to stay a size 10 (5′ 8″) for many years by smoking lots of cigarettes. Once I quit, I settled into my size 14 and thankfully proportional body, though not very happily as I used to model for the nanosecond I was a size 8, until I was told to lose more weight (impossible to do as my hip bones kept me from going down any more in skirt/pants sizes). If it weren’t for my daughter I probably would have stayed a “skinny smoker” but I do it for love. Now I need to turn that love to myself too. This girls looks happy, pretty, healthy and has the little pooch that the majority of women have. Bravo Glamour. Anything that helps women see how most really are is fabulous.

ynop on

To Kelli…YES she def needs to hit the gym and tone up that sagging/unflattering pouch! Otherwise, her body looks GREAT. I didn’t say in my post that she needs to LOSE weight, but she DOES need to hit the gym and tone up. For people 14+ I said they needed to get a trainer and a diet plan because those women DO need to lose weight. Read my comment properly before you get defensive.

Tanya W on

Lizzi – Your pic is absolutely beautiful! I was so proud of your pic. I too grew up having friends that were tiny and I considered myself the “normal size” which was about a size 10 150lbs 5’8″. I have always felt good in my skin no matter my size & attribute that to my parents & upbringing helping me be confident from the beginning. My tiny 100lbs friends always astonished me thinking they were always fat, my reply was change bodies with me for 1 week and you’ll be begging for yours back! Beauty starts in your head and flows to the outside. I applaude you! Over the years I’ve gained a few pounds (growing up & babies :) and need to get into shape, but I do not believe in diets, rather healthy eating and portion/sweets control, and only like to do fun excercise too – volleyball, running, etc. I have to say when I lose the inches and weight I want to have a body like you!!! Thank you!!

Amy on

FINALLY! A woman celebrated for real beauty! I don’t buy glamour, cosmo, elle or any other magazing that portrays size 0-2 models as normal, everyday, average women. If it weren’t for CNN I wouldn’t even had known about this ad getting so much attention, but thank the heaven’s above for a real photo of a beautiful body that is not a size 2!!!!!

Shirley on

These are the kind of models fashion magazines should be showing.

Elizabeth on

Great to see this picture. Tired of the unrealistic body image that Hollywood/Fashion industry promotes. She is amazingly beautiful in every way.

Up Yours 'MakeItWork" on

To MakeItWork:

How can you say that NO plus size woman are happy with their bodies? I happen to be 6 feet tall and I am in a size 16 and am VERY happy with my body, I have NO complaints. So before you start pointing fingers, make sure your hands are clean first!

By the way, if you look around the world today, size 0-2 woman are the ones that are single and lonely. Remember: A good man likes a little meat on his woman’s bones, that is however if he is a vegetarian. (and we all know that men like their meat!)

Back off twiggy!!

brihara on

I agree with ynop.

A size 12 or bigger is not “normal.” It is considered overweight everywhere else except the US, because we have the highest percentage of fat people.

Everyone who is commenting on how there is finally a “real” woman on a magazine is guilty of the same thing they are accusing of magazines and the modeling industry (judging the size of a person)

Suz on

Ummm…I love that they are finally showing “real women” in the magazine, but not so impressed with the double standard “3 Flat Belly Secrets” article advertised on the front cover of this issue considering most of us have the same kind of buddha that this brave model is proudly baring!

Kelli on

I will never understand why people need to cut others down to make themselves feel better..

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