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

All the people here are soooo judgmental! You are all hypocrites! You hate everyone for bashing fat people…but then you go and bash skinny people! Being size 0 is too thin, I agree. But if someone can’t help but be thin (genetics go both ways) don’t judge us and call us unreal women. Fat hypocrites…you guys are just bitter you’re not thin.

Jeppa on

Yay! Real women making a mark on beauty. Even the glamorous girls are airbrushed, right? Why shouldn’t they be going in this direction? “Natural” is the new “GREEN” of beauty! :)

Tamra on

It’s about time!!!

Kara on

okay it still pisses me off that they call this PLUS SIZE!!!! That’s what my body looks like…I’m NOT PLUS SIZE. I’m normal and healthy!

Ellyn on

She is beautiful and what imperfections? If only the rest of the world could see what we see, that everyone isn’t soppose to be exactly the same.

Carolina on

Lizzi is a beautiful women and its nice to see a relatable women in a magazine and not some stick insect.
But I have to agree witha lot of the other posts -this women is nowhere near plus size! She has a little tummy but the rest of her looks lean to me. When I saw the caption “plus size” I started scrolling to see who they were referring. I really didn’t think it was the pic of Lizzi.
Overall, a great job Glamour!

Jerry on

Three cheers for Lizzi Miller. I am a guy and I admit I’m a sucker for for tall and thin women. However, in my life those women are non-existent. Real women are all around(me)us, but not in the media or on TV for the most part.

The reason there is a market for minority focused TV shows is because many minorities relate to folks that look and act like themselves.

Good genes are great, but Ms. Miller is the real deal.

Up Yours 'Pamela' on

To Pamela,

You were bashing “fat” people earlier in the comments so it looks like YOU are the hypocrite now! HA People like you make me chuckle! You know, when the world ends, the REAL WOMEN that have some REAL curves are going to be the ones to survive the longest. Remember that PAMELA! =o)

Kara on

A size 14 is normal for some one 5’9 and above I’d say. I’m a 14 and 5’11 and I don’t look fat. Actually my body looks much like that picture. I did just join the gym though last week to lose that pouch. :)

Pamela on

I was NOT bashing ”fat” people sweetie…i was bashing fat people. Notice no quotations…size 12 and up is fat. It will always be fat. And ps…I have curves. I’m a healthy size 4. I am healthy…im guessing you are not…youre probably fat and dont exercice…you’re the one who will die before me because of your health problems.

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