When Glamour magazine ran an image of plus sized model Lizzi Miller in its latest issue, it got most of the world rejoicing. Why so triumphant?
An article by Penny K
Females all over the world were pumping fists and whooping at the sight of plus sized model 20-year-old Lizzi Miller’s ab flab hanging over a skimpy red thong and nothing much else.
Dramatic responses even include teary eyes. Others felt triumphant about finally “finding themselves” in a magazine. Miller’s appearance is the portrait of reality women with a size (the non size 0 ones) have been yearning for all time.
It’s a good step forward as it promotes a sense of reality. It sends out the message that not all women have legs that go on forever, not all of us are natural born waifs but it’s ok – that we’re humans too, not just pears or apples or what have you.
Yet it’s still troubling: Lizzi is plus sized but she’s super hot. A guy friend David remarked, “I sure wouldn’t mind dating her!” So is this the new standard? If you’re not thin better make sure you’re drop-dead gorgeous?
Update: Matt Lauer speaks with Lizzi Miller and Editor-in-Chief of Glamour, 24 August 2009.