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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Meg on

I think it’s sad that she’s what’s considered “plus size” because I don’t think she’s “plus” at all. Just goes to show how skewed our perception of the human body is in this day and age. She is beautiful and all that labeling her “plus” is doing is giving little girls more reasons to think they’re fat.

Just my opinion.

Diane on

FINALLY!!!! This is reality. Thank You

Mrs J.P. on

GOOD FOR HER. i hope this gives hope to other women out there, not to be ashamed of your body or who you are.

YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lori cherry on

It’s about time! Maybe this will start a trend with the magazines so we really can see what the norm looks like.


FINALLY!! They show that us bigger built women are beautiful too! America has too tight of a vision… they think you have to be thin to be pretty! Not true it’s all about who you are and loving yourself!

Jaxs on

are you serious that this girl is considered a plus size model? what is wrong with people, she is far from plus size…this is why todays youth have such complexs’ about their looks…

mikie on

I would not call this woman plus size at all. She has a small belly poodge but she is not plus size

Terry on

I was stunned, amazed and quite pleasantly surprised by the photo. What a statement, what courage. I really wish that this would start a wave of more photos of “real people” with “real bodies” in magazines. I would really like to see what clothes will look like on people who have my body size,not size 0 or 2. Thank you very much for that picture. I do have hope that change is on the way. :)

Holly on

Finally!!! I am so tired of looking at perfect models. I am not fat by any means, but I have had kids and I look just like this women and I think that she is beautiful- every inch of her.
Her body represents more than just outward beauty, but rather the journey she has been on up to now- that’s what makes her so beautiful. I can’t say enough except- MORE PLEASE!!!

Kim on

This woman is NOT plus-sized. Let’s get a naked photo spread of Marissa Jaret Winokaur or Oprah–or even those BBW dancers on that show. THEN you’d see what a plus-sized woman REALLY looks like.

At least this woman doesn’t look anorexic which is definitely a step in the right direction.

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