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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Deanna on

Here here!! I love this approach. However, I would hardly call her plus size. I wish I was that small!!

MakeitWork on

Kelly, I understand that’s ur opinion but do you think anyone WANTS to be OBESE? Really. I think this woman looks great. I’m not saying anyone should be size 2. I’m not saying anyone should be size 14. All I meant was anyone can have a roll on their stomach. I know I wouldn’t want to be like that. If you feel good chowing down on food, so be it, all I know is I don’t. jmo, and this had nothing to do with Lizzy. (By the way, you go Lizzie! That’s great for you!)

Jenni on

This girl is absolutely stunning. So attractive–so confident, so incredibly beautiful. You have given me more self confidence. I looked at you and envied your curves, and how incredible they are. And your smile is stunning, you look like you enjoy life to the fullest. Your not empty. Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you. You have changed my perception of only seeing flat-bellied, concave tummies that I thought were the bomb and you look 100 times more amazing than anything I have ever seen in a photograph of a girl…again thank-you.

maria on

This is funny. They are getting applauded for this stunt and, yet, on a cover is Jessica Simpson, photoshopped to the moon and back (you can hardly recognize her). Reminds me of Unilever launching the real beauty campaign with Dove and still broadcasting their sexist Axe commercials full of ridiculously thin models. You can’t have it both ways. Why are we encouraging this sort of hypocrisy? This is publicity and marketing at work, not change.

MakeitWork on

By the way, for all I know, most people eat when they’re sad or depressed.

DEE on

this is lovely and great! however… the model does not look like plus size to me! she is skinny from what i see. the only thing she has is a tiny belly…. Lets celebrate when a REAL PLUS size model is photographed from the magazine!

courtney on

it’s ironic that one of the titles on the cover says ‘3 flat belly secrets’.
you have a little farther to go, in the changing ideals department, glamour.

MakeitWork on

All I’m saying is that I would rather be size 4 then size 14… I know a woman who is 140-some pounds and she looks great!

Kelli on

You know people can be a bigger size due to bone stucture & health conditions.
If I were a “size 4” which apparently per you everyone wants to be, I would look anerexic.
It is what it is.
PS:size 14 is not plus.

MakeitWork on

Yes, but if the store is Catherine’s Plus Sizes, then I guess they consider size 14 plus size.

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