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.