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Glamour Magazine Features (gasp!) a Real Woman!

Editor’s Note: We’ve had to replace the original image of Lizzie Miller from this piece with a less revealing one after receiving this message from Google Adsense, our main source of advertising here at Feelgood Style: “This is a warning message to alert you that there is action required to bring your AdSense account into compliance with our AdSense program policies. We’ve provided additional details below, along with the actions to be taken on your part […] Please make changes immediately to your site to follow AdSense program policies.” Here is their explanation:

Google ads may not be placed on pages with adult or mature content. This includes, but is not limited to, pages with images or videos containing:

  • Strategically covered nudity
  • Sheer or see-through clothing
  • Lewd or provocative poses
  • Close-ups of breasts, buttocks, or crotches

While we don’t think the tasteful photo of Miller fit any of these criteria, we rely on Adsense to keep the lights on around here. Fortunately, you can still view the original photo on Glamour’s website.

She's the plus-sized model who sparked a movement.  Will Lizzie Miller change the shape of the modeling industry?

She’s the plus-sized model who sparked a movement.  Will Lizzie Miller change the shape of the modeling industry?

Twenty-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 sized 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 an average-sized model on the pages.  Check out the Today Show segment about Miller,

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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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Written by Becky Striepe

My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

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