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Published on December 5th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

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Glamour Magazine Features (gasp!) a Real Woman!

Lizzie Miller

It’s the photo that sparked hundreds of letters.  Is this photo Lizzie Miller going to change the face of the modeling industry?

The picture above of 20-year-old Lizzie Miller graced page 194 of the September 2009 Glamour magazine. Miller is a size 12-14 and heard from agencies that she was too big to be a plus size model. In the modeling industry, size 8-10 is the “plus size” range, which is crazy when you consider that Miller is an average (or even slightly below-average) sized woman.

After the magazine hit newsstands, the publishers received over 700 emails and comments from women delighted to see a normal-sized model on the pages.  Check out the Today Show segment about Miller:

Is Healthy the New Skinny?

Thanks to body-positive awareness campaigns and even some modeling agencies promoting a healthy body image, it appears that the tide may slowly be turning. The outpouring of support for Miller’s photo definitely speaks to what women want to see on magazine pages.

As long ago as 2006, even women within the industry began to speak out against super skinny models on the catwalk when Madrid Fashion Week banned all models with a BMI of less than 18.


While there are definitely a fair number of skin-and-bones women on runways and in magazines, I think that Miller’s photo and the buzz it’s generating are definitely going to impact what designers and agencies consider an “average” sized woman. Since the issue of Glamour came out and emails and comments started rolling in, Miller has started getting a lot more offers for work. Let’s hope that this is the start of a trend!

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h/t: Guardian

Image Credit: Photo by Walter Chin for the September issue of US Glamour


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  • Merryann

    Wait a minute. This photo spread is TWO YEARS OLD. What’s happened to suddenly bring it into today’s news and what’s happened since the photo first appeared?

  • Megan

    You know I’m the same size as her but I’ve often felt like I look much much bigger than that. Even though I know it’s a societal ideal I still feel the pressure to be thin. I’m an average size just like her. I’m beautiful just like her.

  • ThinNProud

    It’s interesting that’s it’s acceptable to call a thin woman a “bag of bones”, but we should call overweight women “real”. I eat plenty (actually quite a bit as I do stay pretty active), exercise regularly, have had 3 children and am a size 4 (so is my mom – who had 6 kids… I’m sure genetics has something to do with it). Yes, I am small; due to eating healthy, keeping active and genetics. I am extremely healthy and in no way obsessed with my size or weight. But, a bag of bones?? I should then refer to overweight women as fat cows?? It does not make a woman “real” because she is a size 12 – it makes her overweight. It may be the norm in this country as more than 50% of our population is overweight – but it does not make you “real” because you’re large and I’m not. I think the model is very pretty, but if at 20 years old you have that type of stomach bulge I’d say you’re not healthy and active because you’d not have that. I’m twice her age and have 3 children and my stomach doesn’t look like that. I have a gorgeous 22 year old who is a size 0 – bag of bones?? No – healthy young lady who eats like a horse because she runs and works out. Perhaps the focus should be on living a healthy lifestyle that shows instead of trying to justify our countries growing “normal” sizes due to overeating and laziness.

  • Cat

    It’s nice to see a model who looks human. Not like a silicone-infused sack of coat hangers.

  • Melissa

    How can a size 8-10 even model plus size? They don’t come that small! In fact, Ms Miller, at a size 12-14 would only fit the very smallest plus size clothing.

  • Cara

    Here’s something that many of you are overlooking: What makes healthy women the only real women?! What about those of us who are unhealthy due to no fault of our own? Those of us with Rheumatoid Arthritis or Crohn’s or Cancer of Thyroid problems or Cushing’s Disease or any number of other medical conditions that people are BORN with! Try keeping your weight “normal” or you looks “up to par” when every step you take is agony! Or when it’s all you can do to get out of bed in the morning to take care of your family! Perhaps we should just stop JUDGING people for ANY reason. There’s a concept! That “obese” person that makes you so sick? Why don’t you walk a few miles in their shoes before you start thinking that all they do is sit around and feed their fat, lazy faces?! If we’re going to be this society who calls out people for bullying people of different lifestyles (gay people, people with different religions, etc.) why don’t we also stop bullying overweight people? Just as there are people who couldn’t gain a pound if they ate every minute of every day, there are PLENTY of people who try their hardest to lose weight and can’t. Why can’t we just stop judging people period?

    • Erica

      Cancer, Thyroid Problems, Arthritis……plenty of people can do stuff about this, and do. Eliminate them, even. It can be/feel impossible to lose weight and for very valid reasons, but it’s usually due to the wrong diet/lifestyle. Right down to undiagnosed food allergies (that was my problem), thyroid, adrenal and hormonal imbalances–and severely so (now I’m on bio-identicals) and a yeast/fungus overload that contributed to everything from my confusion and insomnia to my sugar addiction and CFS. Almost none of us are “born” with these problems though just because we didn’t sign up for them. And most of us are actively perpetuating and aggravating them, make no mistake. The truth sucks but it will set you free. I’ve done everything from change my perspective and thoughts as well as change my diet and lifestyle, but it’s worth it to sleep. Still got a long way to go but I’m up for it. You’re right about people being bullied for their appearance, which is usually a symptom of a medical condition….but it generally truly is one we can address, it’s just that you have to look harder the right doctor and it doesn’t usually come exclusively in a pill. Victim mentality doesn’t help anyone. As well, insurance may not cover all of it. Anything worth having is worth working and paying for, though. If it was free and easy more would have great health. Best of health to you!

      • eric rothwarf

        Hi Erica, you are right on ! I changed my health by becoming a raw vegan 11 years ago after being 95% disabled from sciatica and back problems for 2 years. Health is something that we create through diet and controlling our fear based victim thoughts. great to see someone else not accepting their bad health/lifestyle. The truth will set you free, if you pursue it and WORK HARD for it. Pills have little or nothing to offer.

        Books that helped me see the light : ‘The Four Agreements’ by Don Miguel Ruiz, and ‘Green For Life’ by Victoria Boutenko.

        Good life to you! eric.

      • Astoria

        When I had spinal surgery I was on bedrest for six weeks. I knew then that I had the perfect excuse to gain weight, and that I didn’t want an excuse to be heavy, I wanted to be healthy. I ate only vegan foods, and with my caretakers’ help made sure that I had the right portions and stopped snacking out of boredom. I ended up losing weight during this period, even though I was completely sedentary, because I cut my calories to match my activity level.

        Yes, my pre-surgery excess weight had been a symptom of the injury that left me rather inactive. But that didn’t mean it was my destiny. I know there are some rare conditions in which even cutting calories will not solve the problem, but there are far more women out there allowing their health problems to overtake them. Biology isn’t destiny.

        Regardless, I don’t know why there is a problem touting health. I don’t get offended that a woman without a disability is the goal. I have to deal with my lot in life, but I don’t expect to be an aspiration. I shouldn’t be.

      • suave

        It is reasonable to empower people, to move them away from a ‘victim mentality’ and into taking care of themselves for themselves. But before then, they have to love themselves for themselves. People don’t want to take care of what they despise. It seems counterintuitive, but also seems to work.
        I find it a poor use of the ‘power of positive thinking’ to argue that people, if only they would try harder, could prevent cancer (among many other diseases, and which you use in your example). It’s great to support and spread knowledge of healthier diets and lifestyles, but that doesn’t mean (1) that they can prevent all disease, or (2) that modern medicine (yes, pharmaceuticals — all of which are not different from the eons-old ‘traditional medicine’, only you see it in a pill rather than in a tea) is not a useful tool as well.

    • nyna

      I am sorry but anyone who has that much fat on their belly is not healthy – any doctor can tell you that having a fat stomach leads to major health issues.
      and I don’t understand why it has to be either size twiggy or size 10 up to be considered for magazines? what happened to the sizes 2-10? i’m pretty sure they exist too. Just because most American women are overweight (its a fact) doesn’t mean that that is what is healthy

      • Lauren

        Just so you are aware, I work out 6 days a week, I eat very healthy. My cholesterol is perfect, my blood pressure has never been higher than 120/80. AND my glucose level is perfect. SO I AM PERFECTLY HEALTHY. AND I’M A SIZE 14. I can do 15 pull ups, run 5 miles straight, swim 2 miles straight, and do over 50 pushups. So you are incorrect when you say that women who have a little bit of belly fat are not healthy. I am probably more healthy and active then those size 6 women you talk about. I know women who are a size 6, but have never exercised a day in their lives. So who do you think is healthier someone who stays active, but is a little bit over weight, or someone who eats crap all day and is a size 6?

      • applegak

        What makes fat on the stomach lead to major health issues? Fat is used for protection and insulation so having some on the stomach in and of itself does not lead to major health issues. Now if someone has fat on their stomach, high cholesterol and other actual heath conditions then that is only a likely coincidence. However the existence of fat itself is not and does not necessarily lead to major health issues. Just from reading other comments on here, there are plenty examples of size 2 or size 4 110 lb women who have fat on their stomachs still. Major health issues is not about how some one looks on the outside its about what is going on the body even below the layers of skin, fat, and muscle. Your comment really makes me question what the heck people are teaching now a days. Every body is different so generalizations that not being a size zero or having some fat is horribly unhealthy and thus wrong. Just like Lauren says, some people are naturally skinny and don’t lead healthy lives but because they appear healthy then they are in the right. While others can work their butts off but still have fat so they must be unhealthy (even if they eat right and exercise) and thus just wrong. The ideals and ideas being communicated are very skewed and lead to looking at things on only a surface level. Medically healthy is about what is going on in the body, not just how the outside appears.

    • http://www.quantumsoulclearing.com Michelle

      It’s wonderful to see a typical body-size showcased who is not all skin and bones. Lizzy represents more of us in the US than the fashion models that we are constantly bombarded with.

      What we need to remember is that whether we are thin, heavy, completely healthy or ill with chronic or acute disease issues, we are ALL REAL WOMEN! And it is time to quit judging ourselves and each other so harshly. So what if we have cellulite, love handles, a belly, hips, thighs, small or large breasts, birthmarks, freckles, stretch marks, etc.!? It’s time to love ourselves for who we are, not what we look like!

      It is important to recognize that we all come in completely unique packages. One size does not fit all! Celebrating our differences, rather that punishing ourselves and each other for those differences would begin to heal the shame and self-loathing that many American women feel about themselves because they are not “Barbie” or fashion-model “gorgeous.”

      I’ve been ultra thin and I’ve been overweight. Neither are healthy. And I’ve lived for 25 years with an autoimmune disease that has make my life very difficult at times. I’m delighted that I’m vertical, mobile, smart, loving, kind and all the many other things that I AM. I work every day on a healthy diet, a healthy mind-set, a healthy spiritual like and balancing work, play, and life in general. I like myself better now than I did when I weighed 115 pounds and was obsessed with my weight and how I looked.

      Let’s start a women’s movement to love and accept ourselves for who we are – no matter what our physical conditions are. Let’s include non-judgment of ourselves and especially of others as part of that movement. Let’s be INCLUSIVE rather than EXCLUSIVE. Let’s create a space for our children and the young girls who will soon be young women that will allow them to love how they look no matter what. Let’s not be controlled anymore by the fashion industry’s rigid guidelines of what is beautiful. We are ALL beautiful!

    • april

      Amen to this. Ive been a size 16 since i was 15, im 20 now, ive dieted and everything and it doesnt go away. My girlfriend BARELY eats and shes a size 20, because she has thyroid issues and shes sick, shes been put down her whole life, but shes still the most beautiful person in the world.

  • Julie

    I am a little offended by the claim that only big woman are “REAL” women. I’m a size 4 — does that make me a fake woman?

    • Randee

      Real as in, not photoshopped. With slight tummy bulges and what not. Would you rather see unrealistic photoshopped barbie dolls, or someone as is? You may be a size 4, but Ive done plenty of fashion photography on size 2 models and still photoshopped them out of recognition.

    • Wendy

      I’m 5′ 11″, a size 5 and have a 34″ in-seam. I have trouble gaining weight even though I eat all the time. I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis 3 years ago at the young age of 32.

      With a healthy diet and exercise, I can enjoy a normal, happy life and look like it too. Some say I am too skinny while some photographers say there is not a girl too skinny. I enjoy being thin, but do not enjoy being unhealthy.

      If every woman would work at being healthy, instead of skinny, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. Work for what you want and forget about what the public thinks.

  • Jane

    Lizzie is lovely. Plus size models size 8-10???? That is BS. I am curvey but very much the size of the cover girl for this article. And I am in my mid40′s, I do have a bust & I am shapely girl, but I am a 9-10. Size 12 during “heavier time’s I would love to fit into an 8 but thats long gone for me. Any of the plus models I have ever seen do not look like me, i dont like the boney, pre-pubescent, flat chested models, but I cannot relate to the plus girls…. Sorry but most are quite large girls, they must were a 16-18+ size. Most skinny models are “freaks of nature.” They usually have high muscle tone (which add definition to a body dispite exercising or not), their height is usually outside the norms, they have no bust, and their legs/arms & torso are extremely long. They are the epitome of abnormal.

    • suave

      If you read the article carefully, or do other research into model size, you’ll see “plus size” means under size 12-14. The model here was rejected *as a plus-size model.* Your perceptions of size have been so altered from normality that you think that you “cannot relate to plus girls,” when those models are actually wearing size 12-14.

  • Karen H

    Lizzie Miller – YOU ARE GORGEOUS AND PERFECT! And I am so damn proud of you. Rock it.

  • Kayla

    I am so annoyed with this whole “Real Women” campaign and what a woman “should look like.” I am absolutely not opposed to showing different body types in the media, but not under the pretense of alienating those of us who are naturally size 0 or 2 through this theme that implies there’s something wrong with US. I am just as much of a real woman as any size 12-14 and I am not doing anything unhealthy to be the way I am!

    • erica

      “Real women” simply means that it embraces more than one body type. Great for everybody born a natural size zero, but there is no reason to be offended. Be glad your non-zero sized friends, sisters and more can all feel represented and not ostracized by the media for once, too. Honestly, choose your battles, people! ;)

      • Amanda

        I agree with everything but your first statement. While I realize you didn’t come up with the term, it is not that simple. If it wasn’t meant to exclude a certain group, than it would be “all women”. It is offensive when someone tells you that you are not a real women because you aren’t curvy or do not have substantial breasts. I think the term needs to be reconsidered.

  • http://Facebook.com Gene

    my thoughts are: Why have a twig, when you can have the whole tree?

  • Cass

    Here’s my thought on this:
    1. It is great to see a “larger” woman being depicted in a magazine and bringing out this discussion.
    2. I do not see her as unhealthy. If you look at her in the video, you will see a healthy looking woman. I have never had abs and I do work out. Enough said, “Healthy” has more to do with eating habits and exercise. They did not mention her habits or exercise, but any woman who is comfortable in who they are usually limits their fast food outings.
    3. All women are “real” women. I knew a girl who is naturally at the 0-4 range and she eats crazy stuff to try and gain weight. Does she? No, because that’s her. It took me years to gain weight from my 90 lbs and even now, pregnant, I have not really gained much from my supposed “overweight” status. Therefore, SKINNY OR LARGE WOMEN ARE REAL WOMEN. I think a magazine should have an article featuring all types of women who are beautiful, because we are all beautiful.
    4. There are men who love the curvy girls and there are men who love the less curvy. All men care about is a healthy, confident, strong, intelligent women. If your man or you know a man who doesn’t, he just hasn’t learned that piece of information. Unfortunately, from my experience, this is a trait most men gain from experience and eventual maturity.

    • Astoria

      Well, since she is 5’11″, she’s about 2 pounds overweight. Pretty damn healthy. It’s a sad day when having a woman who is so close to her healthy weight range portrayed is seen as radical. The average woman is also a size 14 and 180 pounds, but they’re 5’3″. Once the magazines start portraying that, then we can discuss their radical move. :)

      • Andy

        I don’t know many 5’3″ 180 pound women… the utter diversity of human body size makes averages seem kind of silly, unless you’re getting really specific.

      • Lyn

        I agree with you, she is about 2 lbs overweight…that is not representative of the true overweight which is 10 + lbs too heavy. I was once very thin, but on the chart for my size, I had pelvic bones that didn’t stick out, but it hurt to lay on the bones when I would try to sleep on my stomach. Now I have a little too much weight and for my health, I could stand to lose some lbs. This model is not overweight but I do relate more to her than to the stick figure girls in the high fashion modeling magazines.

  • http://facebook.com Jeremy

    Personally, I’ve ALWAYS thought that magazine, television & movie industry was ridiculous in it’s propagating the “Night of the Living Toothpick” is destroying the young ladies of today, I myself do love a strong athletic figure, but that never stopped me from seeing the true attractiveness exuded by a woman’s persona. Get rid of the stereotype and let our kids live as they should…healthy gorgeous ladies :)

    • Amanda

      Then teach them that. Don’t let the media do it for you.

  • http://www.absurdgrace.com Sophia Grace

    She’s beautiful. And I’m grateful to witness a change in our social expectations for what’s beautiful in our culture.

  • Eve

    A average woman is someone who does not define her value on someone’s opinion of her nor does she blame magazines and printed images of bone thin teenagers on her insecurities. She does a real assessment of herself as a whole person, her contributions to the lives of others, examining her heart and soul for areas of weakness with a resolve to do better where she can. She considers her spirit to be her greatest attribute. Her character is strengthened through the understanding of the uniqueness of who she is. She comes in all shapes and sizes. She is not perfect but perfectly made for a perfect purpose.

    • Tasha

      Very well said. I wish that everyone on this planet could understand this!

  • Nicole

    This makes me so happy to see!! THIS is a real woman…and she’s confident and proud in her own skin. From the view of a mommy, this makes me more confident too

  • Megan

    As an underweight woman who stuggles with weight gain, I find your title that skinny does not equal a ‘real’ woman utterly insensitive and insulting. It directly conter-acts the positive body image you are trying to promote. Get real.

  • http://Feelgoodstyle.com Lesa Atteo

    This lady looks like a size 10. She doesn’t look plus size. She looks normal. It’s nice to not see a model that doesn’t look hungry. How could anyone even say this woman is fat. She doesn’t look like she’s trying to hide her body either. Someone said that. If she wasn’t okay with her body, she wouldn’t be on the cover of a magazine. I would love to see more people this size or bigger in magazines.

  • Tall Woman Have It Hard Too!

    This is so awesome!!! She looks so much like myself! at 5’9 and being a size 12! Us tall girls could never be a size 0 or size 2 it’s Impossible we would be dead if we tried to get that small. I would look really sick if I tried to be anything under a size 6! The smallest I’ve ever been was a size 8 and even then people told me I looked too thin. Size 9-12 is a right size for my weight and body height. So thank you so much for posting this for all us Tall girls out there We also have a hardtime trying to find the right shoe size too I’m a size 11 in woman’s shoes so you can understand that we have a hard time shoe shopping as well because all the cute shoe sizes run small. I wish they made a lot of cute shoes in 10-13 for Woman.

    • rachel

      OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! im so glad i have the same stomach roll at the bottom…so glad im not the only one. feel so good loooking at her instaed of depressed and imaging myself to be so thin which isimpossible and i am a k size 12. about time this happened. the younger generation of girls will not feel so insecure

    • Nina K

      I’m 5’9″ and a size 2 or 4 and no one seems to think I look ill. . . I think everyone’s just different, and that’s kind of the point? That magazines should represent the diversity in shape, not that one is right or wrong or “sick” or “healthy,” necessarily.

    • JD

      I’m sorry but I have to disagree with you. I’m 5’9″ and I’m a size 4. I do not look sickly, nor do I ever workout. I love to eat (thankfully most of the foods I love are fairly healthy). I agree with you that your body weight works for you, but mine also works for me. I think it’s time that women appreciate all bodies as long as the person is healthy.

    • Sara

      I had to chime in and reply to this. You are so right! I am 5’8″ and a size 9-12 depending. If I get smaller than that I look ill and I have a naturally very muscular shape. My mother on the other hand is just under 5’5″ and wears a size 4-6 with a much smaller frame size than me. We need to start portraying women as being healthy at different sizes. We are not built the same. The media seems to think that health relates to a pant size and that just isn’t the truth. I have a little belly ever since having my son 6 years ago – and I ran a 5k this morning. My blood pressure is 108/64 and I have autoimmune hoshimotos disease which I currently manage through nutritional supplements and a gluten free diet. My points being two:
      1. Healthy will not look the same for every woman
      2. All of us can be responsible for our health regardless of our challenges – that is in response to the first comment made here

  • http://oklahomarsdcrpssupport.com tracy

    I can relate to the person talking about medical issues I was a size 6 but now i have RSD getting ready to have a total thyroidectomy my thyroid does not respond to medicine so I do get the looks and stares at least when I was a 6 not a 16 I was not embarressed to go out I have to use a cane not from weight but beacuse of all my health issues for those of you that have always been naturally thin or are able to work out i was that person and in the blink of an eye it was gone from a accident but just like all the doctor type shows that are on they say everyone and anyone can lose weight guess what i probably eat less than most and physically cannot work out I am in so much pain to go to the bathroom hurts or just put weight on my feet so lets use real plus size models not normal size and call them plus also it does not matter your clothes size it is how you look

  • Chinese girl

    She is beautiful, I don’t understand why people seem to think want to be the skinny girl anyway. I’m am sadly of Chinese decent – which means no butt, hips or boobs. I am the skinny size zero girl and I hate my body, it’s ugly. In a few months I’m going in for the first of several surgeries to correct my body so it looks like a real woman’s body. I don’t know why the fashion industry totes bodies that everyone in real like consider hideous ugly and unnatural looking….why is the fashion world the opposite of real life. At the least the Real women movement is correcting peoples minds. Sadly that means some of us girls who can’t put on weight no matter what will have to turn to surgeries to be beautiful. I’m okay with that, most women can be naturally curvy and will no longer destroy their naturally beautiful bodies by starving themselves. I think that it is a fair trade, us “can’t gain weight” types are usually pretty rare anyways.

    • Astoria

      I’m sorry for your struggles, and thank you for reminding us that a lot of people feel uncomfortable in our own skin, not just the overweight. It is sad that so many women let magazines fool them into thinking they’re not attractive if they don’t look like clothing models. I have to agree that in real life, a lot of men do prefer curvier women. I’ve been hit on by lots of men all my life, probably because I pair confidence with my size 14 frame.

      I wish you didn’t have to go through the trauma of surgery. Have you tried going on birth control pills? A lot of time the formulas with estrogen cause women to gain weight in the hips and breasts. I also wish you could learn to love your body the way it is, and find people who appreciate your slim frame in real life. Whatever the path you end up on, I hope you end up happy with how you look.

      • Chinese girl

        I have been on different pills to try to get my body to develop better, no luck. I have also had many medical tests run to see if my skinny fame is due to a medical problem – everything comes out normal and I am of perfect health according to my doctors. Surgery was my last resort but i have tried everything with no luck…only other thing would be get pregnant but I’m sterile from battling cancer in my late teens so no luck there. I’m a 30 year old woman trapped in the body of a 12 year old. I’m sick of people always pointing out that my body is child-like, and often people treat me like one too. Nothing is more embarrassing than realizing my friend’s 12 and 13 daughters are filling out a bra better than I do. I always loved my mothers body – she had a nice, soft, curvy frame. I’m adopted so no luck in the genetics there but I guess I always hoped I would grow up to look like my mom. I guess a lot of people in this thread don’t understand that you can be skinny too and be disguised by what you see in the mirror everyday (it is to the point I won’t even look at my body in the mirror because it depresses me). Sorry for the long whine post but I’m dealing with a lot of crap from my family since I scheduled my breast augmentation for this upcoming spring. I’m sick of people thinking I’m doing this to “be white” or caving into the western ideals of beauty. For me curves are natural, I’m not and I’m sick of not feeling right in my body.

        • Cat

          Chinese girl, I have a similar body to what you describe, I also had augmentation done, and it was great. Go for it. Although this is sad to say, people DO treat you differently when you look more like a woman. I hate that aspect about society, but I like how I can wear a swimsuit now and other clothes without them just hanging on me. When a child is born with a cleft palate, no one thinks twice about them having surgery to look more normal. But when you want to have a few curves, people get very critical. Do what makes YOU happy!

          • Chinese girl

            Thank you Cat, it is nice to see someone be supportive and with a positive story about plastic surgery instead of the all the doom and gloom about it. I am so looking for to this spring when I will finally look like WOMAN, it’s going to be so great :-)

  • http://RedDressDiary.com Colette Bouchez

    My only comment : Since when is a size 12-14 considered a “plus size” ? :)
    That alone should tell you how far we have strayed from what is really normal. Moreover, the fact that the model even had to say that she is healthy and embraces her size tells you how twisted that we are as a society have become in relation to our weight/size. The fact is, why wouldn’t a size 12 woman be healthy – that’s a healthy weight!!!! Why wouldn’t we embrace being looking and being a healthy weight? She shouldn’t have to justify or qualify her size 12 body in any way. She looks normal – she IS normal! Besides pushing the size 2 image is just a way to keep women too weak to fight for their rights! :) Who can argue equal pay when you’re starving ? :)

    • Astoria

      Well, that depends on a woman’s height. At 5’11″ it isn’t plus size, but the average woman is 5’3″ and a 12 could indeed be overweight at that height. I’m 5’6″ and I’m definitely chubby on my small frame when I am a size 12. I am much healthier at a 8 or 10.

  • http://Areyouserious!!ATTENTIONSKINNY!!! Robin H

    If you are offended by this picture you seriously need to lighten up and realize what life is really about and WHY you are on this planet. Guess what not every thing has to do with whats on the outside and for someone to grow enough balls to be real with the world is AMAZING. If you don’t like this picture move on to the next one. If you don’t like how this girl looks who really cares? The whole purpose is to be real and its sad and ridiculous that even the skinniest of models are photo-shopped to look skinnier. I love the realness!!! For the skinny women that are offended, WHY? Is it hurting you that the chubbier girls should have more confidence for themselves? COME ON LADIES love each other stop complaining about nothing!!!!

    • Astoria

      Who are you talking to? The only dissent I have seen is to calling size 14 women “real” women, which makes it sound as if we’re calling skinny women less than real. That is a far cry from being offended by the picture.

  • Markie

    Too many comments about what defines a “real” woman. As Im reading this, it does not mean a specific size, hair color, height, etc etc.
    Its talking about women as they are. The average woman is not a 5’11″ and a size 2. Average is 5’5 and a size 12. That does not mean that only 5’5″ and size 12 are the only REAL women, just that out of the billions of women…that’s the average.

  • Daprof

    Simply lovely. If I were single and 20 years younger………..

  • Ally

    I am a size 2 and have been a size 00 at 5″9′ It is not impossible…I am healthy now and still a size 2…I exercise a lot and eat very healthily. I am a real woman too…I work hard to keep my figure slim.

  • applegak

    Everyone keeps talking about the fact that we shouldn’t advertise that obesity or even just plain fat is okay, instead we should advertise living a healthy lifestyle. Shouldn’t that encompass more than just physically healthy, but mentally healthy as well? But what is health? Health is balance. Balance between too skinny and too fat. Balance is what people are eating and how they work out. But what about mental balance? Calling people names, such as “fatties” (among many others listed in other comments to this article) does not promote a healthy mentality. Images of supermodels, also does not create a healthy mentality. In the end such things lead to low self esteem. Now some people seem to think that low self esteem is what people need to actually get them off their butts and on to a treadmill, but its typically low self esteem that aids in weight gain (not even mentioning all the other things that might contribute). So mentally balanced would mean a balance between cockiness and negative self esteem—self acceptance! So for all the people talking about how articles should promote health (over obesity or bones-sticking-through-the-skin skinny), this should include promoting a healthy self image.

  • http://chrysler5thavenue.blogspot.com chrysler5thavenue

    Saying she’s smaller than average doesn’t mean much when the average American woman is clinically overweight.

  • Nye Solover

    Healthy? Oh you mean one that works out everyday, jogs, bicycles or at least takes brisk walks to keep herself healthy and maybe does some weights to keep herself strong. Healthy is NOT getting fat, lazy, or soft, whoever felt that heavy was healthy is just looking for an excuse to get sloppy and say “I have a models body”. While anorexic is not healthy neither is any excess pounds. OK, so some people have a good medical excuse NOT to work out, but the rest of you are just trying to cop out of keeping yourself truly healthy. If you want real health you have to WORK on it and keep working on it. You don’t get healthy sitting around watching TV and snacking.
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  • Todd

    I understand the complaints about not alienating the skinnier women, I do… But if you look at the context in which this article is written – the fashion industry and it’s effects on the average woman’s self-esteem – you HAVE to understand where the writer is coming from. If you’re naturally skinny, you most likely aren’t nearly as self-conscious about it as, say, a naturally larger woman is. Because skinny is (and, in this country, always will be) acceptable, if not preferable. The point is that the fashion industry sets a definition of “average” that is completely out of alignment with the actual average. I see it all the time – beautiful women who weigh 140 lbs and think they need to lose 20 more to be attractive. Hell, I know women who are extremely skinny, to the point of being unhealthy, and still think that they’re fat, so they don’t eat. It’s really, really heart-breaking, and the blame is placed squarely on the shoulders of giant corporations that understand that if they nurture this misconception, this weakness, they’ll make tons of money off of you. Millions of women hate their bodies because companies want to make money. Heartbreaking.

  • blah

    I find it interesting that very few people are shocked that a woman in her 20s would have a sagging tummy like that. It COULD be because she lost a lot of weight, but considering how tight the rest of her body is, I doubt it. What looks obvious to me is that she has had a child, and I hardly consider a 20 year old who is irresponsible enough to have a child already a good role model for any woman.

    That aside,
    I am honestly a little tired at women complaining that women in magazines are too thin and “solving” this problem by putting amazons who are a little heavier in magazines but who have the same WASP features as the other models. Quite frankly its not so much fat that the media is afraid of, but anyone who doesnt have a strong jaw, tiny nose, and for the most part, light skin. If we really want to see ALL women represented how about some women who have wide noses, or women with fat cheeks, both features that are prominent in other cultures, but considered hideous by American society. I assure you fat women that as much pain you might have gone through because you are not a size 2, I have gone through more because my fat cheeks and big nose isnt something I can just diet and get rid of…lucky you that you have a problem that can be fixed with diet and exercise. I on the other hand, cant change the fact that I’m not European. If we really want to represent real women, how about some variety culturewise…instead of just bringing in black, hispanic, and asian women who just happen to have European features.

  • http://www.busylilhomemaker.com Susan

    I am glad to see that the tide might be turning as far as allowing normal, healthy size women model, but I really would like it much better if all models wore clothing. Just saying…

  • https://www.facebook.com/tastefultracks Eric Breeze

    About time too !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! A real woman who was not airbrushed to glamourise her. This is what has been needed for so very long and I love her picture. What a Beauty in the natural sense of the word.
    Truly yours
    Eric :0))

  • Jules

    Put her on the cover!

  • http://www.ahotteru.com Carrie

    Beauty is beauty. She’s gorgeous. If her size wasn’t pointed out, I seriously doubt I would have noticed. Runway models gross my boyfriend out. I’m a “real” woman with a “real” size. I’ll NEVER be a size 2!! LOL.

  • rodney

    the world to full of superficial and masked individuals.true self is not present.this pic depics a honest and brutal truth which i personally luv

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  • Lori Phillips

    I’m so happy to see this! She is a real woman. She does not look too fat or thin.

    I am a healthy size 4/6, and I also have that little tummy bulge. I didn’t have that in my 20′s, but that was a long time ago. LOL! Weight is very personal; we should not judge, but when I see a very heavy or an obese person, I worry about their heart health. Not in judgement, but in concern.

  • http://feelgoodstyle.com Lizzie Szabo

    PUT HER AND MORE WOMEN LIKE HER ON THE COVER!

  • http://3030belly.blogspot.com/ Luanne Kloster

    Thank you Lizzie Miller and Glamour magazine.

  • Lisa Marche

    I’m 15 and not as pretty as this model but I have the same type of stomach and thighs. I’m working out to lose the flab, and I think its good to do that, but not everyone can. Also, we do need to eat healthier. But many women and girls are working out and dieting and still have some fat. The point is we should work out and eat healthy for health sake, not physical appearance. Many stop working out or dieting when they don’t end up looking like a super model and that’s sad. Working out and eating the proper foods should make you feel better. Over time it will have its effect on appearance but appearance should drive it.

  • Dr. V

    This is the age of reality media, after all. I think Lizzie Miller is bold and beautiful. However, the majority of readers/viewers still like to see surreal and photoshopped pictures of people, especially models and actors. We live and work with “real women” and sometimes we look for an escape from reality when we turn to magazines and television. So no matter how many real women respond to Lizzie Miller’s photo, the reality is that television and magazines will continue to utilize super thin actors and models, and will continue to photoshop their images to.

  • http://feelgoodstyle.com/2011/12/05/lizzie-miller/ Melbear

    Beautiful i love it thank you america for finally getting the hint.

  • Dan Sniadoski

    I think Lizzie’s gorgeous. Not my type (I like dark hair), but gorgeous all the same. Far better that the twigs & walking corpses that grace the pages of pretty much all other magazines.

  • Lita Belanger

    Woman are beautiful. I don’t care if you consider yourself fat, skinny, small, average, pretty,ugly, smart, dumb, we are all beautiful in our own way!

  • Laurie

    And she’s gorgeous.

  • Marion Shin

    Way to go Lizzie..good job

  • Heather Cook

    I think this is wonderful! A confident women with a normal body, not starving herself to fit in with the world expectations. I think highly of Glamor for doing this!

  • alyssa

    totally agree that she is real. They are not focusing on her size so much as the idea that the “average” american woman does not look like a skeleton. We eat, some of us exercise and have definition that makes us not look so skinny, but we are not 5 foot 11 and 100lbs. Just to understand, I am 5’11 and 175 lbs. Sounds heavy if you are little but i am a size 8. I look long and lean… I cannot imagine how people my size are 75 lbs less than me–and my size. I don’t think it is about weight so much though, as understanding that the average person has imperfections–and learning to celebrate those. Regardless of your size… 0,4,6,8–b/c size means very little. A person who is 5’2 and size 4 looks very different than a person who is 6 foot and size 4…

  • Rebecca

    I am a plus sized woman and a true plus sizes modelo should be at minimum a size 18-20 up to a 26-28, When do WE get recognition?

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