Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Jessica S on 08/22/2009

Glamour Magazine’s September Issue Gets it Right

I do not read Glamour magazine. My sister’s friend, however, does. So when flipping through the September issue with them, I was happy to see this:

A non-airbrushed photo of model Lizzie Miller.

Miller is a 20 year old model, and technically at a size 12-14, she is not plus sized. But in the world of modeling, she is definitely not the norm.

Glamour recieved an outcry of support for the normal sized model, and emails thanked the magazine for putting a woman with everyday, normal curves and rolls in the magazine.

And Lizzi is grateful, too. She says:

“When I read them I got teary-eyed!” she says. “I’ve been that girl, flipping through magazines trying to find just one person who looked a little bit like me. And when I didn’t find it I would start to think there’s something wrong with the way that I looked. When J. Lo and Beyonce came out and were making curves sexy, I started to accept myself more. It’s funny, but just seeing them look and feel sexy enabled me to do the same.”

This photo embraces Lizzie’s natural beauty, which is something that, in today’s media, does not happen often, as most photos are airbrushed. And it made me proud of my own body, being almost 5″4 and a size 12-14 myself. It reminded me that all women, no matter what, is beautiful in her own unique way. And, in today’s society especially, that is important. Because it seems to me that we live in a society that only feeds the lack of self-esteem that regular women feel day in and day out. It turns every day into a battle with ourselves over what to wear, what to eat, what to say, what to look like. A battle for self-acceptance, and self-love.

And, I know, at least, I am disgusted by this.

I am sick of living in a society that only feeds my negativity towards myself. I am sick of living in a society fueled by a media that favors sickly thin models over models who represent the “average” woman. I am sick of living in a society that tells me how to be.

This is, at least, a start, if nothing more. And I hope that this photo leads to more women embracing their natural beauty. So, I applaud women like Lizzie Miller, who are proud of the body that they have, because they are beautiful. They are here to remind us that we are all beautiful.

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  • cay @ at 6:53 am, August 23rd, 2009

    you know, i always thought she was thiner than this. its a pleasant surprise and that is a really great shot of her in my opinion.

    sexy i would say. a sexy average woman.

    cool. :)

  • RebJ @ at 8:57 am, August 23rd, 2009

    I’ve always wondered why “normal” women can’t model clothes. After all, its average people who wear those clothes. I’d like to see the stuff I wear modeled on someone who’s body type looks more attainable than 5’9 and size 00. And outside of feminism, isn’t that a better marketing technique?

  • BBW's are best @ at 9:41 pm, August 24th, 2009

    Regarding the model from Glamour magazine who’s semi-nude photos have her being touted as a “Plus-sized” model: she is not plus-sized. Plus sized is not a woman who’s dress size is in the teens (certainly not a size 14; that’s average). Plus size is a dress size in the twenties and above; or 1x, 2x, 3x. Women of that size are plus-sized; they’re the beautiful, truly curvy and fantastic actual-sized women.

  • jess @ at 2:53 pm, August 27th, 2009

    Wonderful issue of Glamour, hope they have more of these

  • Jess @ at 5:32 am, August 30th, 2009

    Who cares if they put one “normal” model on one page of one magazine? I wanna see them overhaul their entire way of thinking and permanently change their whole magazine – not focus in on one one off publicity grab and act like they’ve changed the way the fashion industry works. This is nothing, it’s not a start, it’s not particularly inspirational, it just reeks of attention seeking and misleading advertising (“look how accepting we are! An icky normal woman! Now read up on our 500 weight loss tips and tricks and drool over the clothes on our pretty thin models!”)

  • Glamour Keeps the Body Love Coming | Pop-Culture | fbomb @ at 1:21 pm, October 3rd, 2009

    […] sure a lot of you remember “The Woman on Page 194″ who Jessi B blogged about back in August. That was Lizzi Miller, a plus size model (at size 12-14) who declares: […]

  • Jennifer Drew @ at 3:34 pm, October 11th, 2010

    Since when has it been the job of fashion/glamour magazines to decide what is “normal”? They exist to sell an idealised image of the Western female form, which is White, slim & physically attractive. Any Afro Carib models ( in ANY magazine btw ) have their skin lightened…this has been standard practice for decades.

    Wake up…million dollar industries exist to MAKE MONEY, not to reflect reality. A magazine publishes a photo that hasn’t been touched up & you react as if it’s some kind of victory for the woman in the street. Credit women with some intelligence…they know these magazines don’t reflect reality…THAT’S WHY THEY BUY THEM! Women don’t want to see pictures of overweight & unattractive women, if they did then surely that is what the magazines would give them.

    Given the choice, would you prefer to have photos of yourself where blemishes & other “faults” were not obvious or would you be happier with “warts & all” pics? If you prefer the warts & all look then why are you obsessing over how models look in magazines? As far you’re concerned, if the natural look is preferable then you’ll always “look better” than the airbrushed magazines…so what’s the problem?

  • Jennifer Drew @ at 3:52 pm, October 11th, 2010

    If McDonald’s published a magazine would you expect to see pictures of animal slaughter, polluted rivers, deforestation & World hunger? That is the REALITY of fast food, not the IMAGE presented by the fast food industry.

    These magazines DO NOT represent “everyday” women…they may be SOLD to “everyday” women, but they are under no obligation to publish “realistic” photographs of women…none whatever. Just because that is what some women want to see is irrelevant I’m afraid. Welcome to the real World. There’s a simple enough solution if you’re tired of seeing idealised images of women…DON’T BUY THE MAGAZINES…they will then either go out of business or be forced to reflect your interests. But like I said, these magazines do not exist to reflect your interests, they exist to promote a fantasy world.

    Who is to “blame” for these magazines? The READERSHIP. Who is the readership? WOMEN. If you are serious about this issue, boycott these publications, if not stop wasting my time with your posturing. Grow a brain & recognise that reality DOES NOT SELL MAGAZINES.

  • Julliah @ at 1:20 pm, May 13th, 2011

    @Jennifer Drew, wtf? while magazines have no obligation to publish photos of everyday women, girls have every reason to commend them when they do. i personally know a girl who is recovering from anorexia and no how much those photos can hurt a young teens self esteem even when you know they aren’t real. while you say fbomb needs to grow a brain i say you need to grow a heart. anorexia doesnt come from nowhere. it comes from the media, airbrushed photos, unrealistic dolls and the constant stream of dieting tips that we see every single day.

  • Renee @ at 9:15 am, May 28th, 2011

    I’ve always hated yhe extremes in the modeling world I mean you either have to be a double zero or plus sized I mean wouldn’t it make more sense to have models who are in the middle but that’s just me….having said that I liked the airbrushing I mean a model is someone who is generally different from the public so why would they be normal looking…again just my opinion

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