Aren’t these photos simply stunning? And natural. If you haven’t picked up the November issue of Glamour magazine, I suggest you run (fast!) and get yourself a copy. Why? Because this issue kicks off what editor-in-chief Cindi Leive calls a Body Image Revolution, one of the first women’s magazines to commit to featuring real women of all sizes in a celebration of all that is beautiful.
“To be clear, I’m not on the “real women have curves” bandwagon here, arguing that only bodies like Lizzie’s are “real”–and that slender women are all unreal waifs who should just eat a cheeseburger and get over themselves,” writes Leive in a recent Glamour blog posting. “Turning the tables so we can bash one type instead of another isn’t the answer. Celebrating the fact that we’re all born different is. Think about it: In real life, women of all shapes and sizes have crazy sex appeal and killer confidence. Why should our own pages look any different?”
So who’s this Lizzie, you may be wondering? Her name is Lizzie Miller, and she first appeared in Glamour’s September issue for a feature on feeling comfortable in your own skin. As Leive describes the photo (see photo below):
“The picture wasn’t of a celebrity. It wasn’t of a supermodel. It was of a woman sitting in her underwear with a smile on her face and a belly that looks…wait for it…normal.”
Normal? What a novel idea! What I love about this is that it’s not preaching that we adhere to some unrealistic standard of beauty that is impossible to attain unless you have expert knowledge in CGI or cloning, or are some sort of underground geneticist. I know I’ve said it before, but there are just some things that you can never say enough: It’s about time we start loving our bodies as they are! What a boring world it would be if we all walked around in the shell of a supermodel’s body.
So, tell me…what do you LOVE about your body??? No negativity, please. It’s all about celebration, right?
I especially love this quote from a guy: “I speak on behalf of all men: she is stunningly beautiful. Please, make more of her.”
Thank you, Glamour! It’s about time.
The Style Mansion says
This is a beautiful picture. It is,amongst other things, empowering.For me it is an affirmation. I receive more compliments when I have more weight than less. I totally agree with Lieve – it's not about putting one against the other, it's about unconditional acceptance.
As fabulous as I thought it was, I also thought it was a terrible thing for younger girls that they consider "Plus Size" in modeling anything over a size 6, 6 is hardly huge!
Body image is devastating enough to young girls without them misconstruing how that can sound.
I applaud what they are doing by celebrating the womanly figure of a curvy gal, because I am one, however by pointing out the horrible stereotypes that they are called "Plus Size" at suce a little number made me sad for the kids of today.
And grateful I have a son.
Just read this article in Glamour and finished with a big smile on my face. Beautiful.
Melissa Blake says
That is too funny, Genie! 🙂
I love these pics….and the commitment that Glamour has made….its about time that we can admit there is more than one acceptable body type. As to your question…..I think my favorite part of my body (all be they are pretty small) are my slighty droopy breasts!! Everytime I look in the mirror I am reminded that I have successfully nourished three infants into toddlerhood! What better sacrifice of my body can I think of (besides 9 months of rooming in??) NONE! Thanks Mel!
I will be honest and say that I love my 50DD's! I am only 23 and they are already sagging and have stretch marks. It stinks that I am so young and they are already like that…but I really don't care. My son was able to thrive on them for a little while, they make my fiancee happy, they are a lot of fun and a great conversation starter!
hmm … i think i like my legs most …
i am wondering though if her belly is post pregnancy because it seems no tto be normal to me … just honestly speaking … not that shes ugly or fat im jsut saying ..
I've always been a fan of plus-size models! There's a great site with many images of plus-size models here:
They're all gorgeous.
The site's forum also has thought-provoking discussions about body image and the media.
These are wonderful. The Advocate (a gay and lesbian news mag)did an issue about a year ago that showed a group of normal people in nothing more than smiles, artfully covered, of course. It was wonderfully refreshing!