Glamour Keeps the Body Love Coming
So, my Mom is kind of Ellen DeGeneres’s biggest fan, and more often than not at 4:00 pm the sound of the Ellen DeGeneres Show’s theme song resounds throughout our house. This past Thursday, as part of one of my more recent campaigns of procrastination against a Lit paper, I wandered over to watch with my Mom.
As much as I also love Ellen, and love the show, her guests are usually celebrities who really irk me for their lack of a) talent and b) interesting things to say. But today, replacing such guests, were a group of beautiful women, who I didn’t immediately recognize.
Oh, hey, they’re not famous, I thought. Then, oh, hey, they’re not suffering from an eating disorder they like to shrug and call “just diet and exercise.” And finally, as I processed the segment, OH, HEY, GLAMOUR DID IT AGAIN!
See for yourself:
Cut off at size 6 = plus sized? JESUSSSSS WTF??
Also: “I think we should take it off and have no labels…you’re just your size.” YES!
I’m 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: “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 Beyoncé 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.”
Which I think is just so true. I mean, the picture Glamour published of Lizzi Miller was 3 x 3 inches. It was a single page in the middle of a 200+ page magazine, where all the other models still looked like a strong gust of wind would knock them over. She is still an undeniably beautiful woman by our society’s standards, despite her size (which is actually average).
But even so, just that one picture really does make a huge difference. And the reported inundation of fan mail over this one, tiny picture proves it. LISTEN UP MAGS: THIS ISN’T JUST THE CUHRAZY FEMINAZIS TALKING. WE ALL WANT TO SEE NORMAL, BEAUTIFUL BODIES THAT DON’T MAKE US FEEL LIKE COMPLETE SHIT IN COMPARISON.
I know as a teenager, we buy into this shit. We really, really do. I know (otherwise) brilliant girls who look at pictures in magazines and think that that is what they’re supposed to look like. I know girls who absolutely study magazines just so they can learn about what they’re supposed to look like. It’s scary, it perpetuates the freakishly low self-esteem going around in my generation (wanna talk about the rise in girl on girl cattiness? maybe it’s because we all feel like crap about ourselves all the time…) It’s REAL and I think magazines are hugely responsible.
So maybe, Glamour is rolling out this new picture (yes, this one picture, even though there are more women, pales in comparison to the other hundred + pages of unhealthy images) because they know it’ll sell right now, and not because they want to show the world that “plus-size” models could conceivably one day be just regular models. Maybe they are still overwhelmingly promoting those models who still have starved and photoshopped bodies. But there is still this picture. And they do seem proud of it, too. And we need to keep showing them that we’re also proud of this, so that they keep publishing these pictures. The magazine is out October 6th – I know I’ll be buying a copy.
Enough with the pessimism about how far we have to go, and how small a step this is. This rocks.
Also– up at Glamour’s website they have a slide show of the models in this picture. Interestingly enough, many of them were “normal” models who couldn’t deal with the standards of the industry, and embraced their bodies to become “plus-sized” models.
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