You’ve undoubtedly seen or heard of Lizzi Miller’s stomach this week. It was on the sofa with Matt Lauer on Monday (embedded after the cut and worth watching just because Lauer comes thisclose to crying shenanigans on Glamour editor Cindi Lieve’s promise to show more chub in her glossy), hitting CNN, got a mention in New York magazine’s blog, and is blazing up the Fatosphere.
The response was so large and effusive that Glamour editor Cindi Leive says Miller is proving to be a game changer when it comes to fashion magazines â€” which often pay lip service to the idea of representing all women, but usually opt for the carrot-sticks-and-cigarettes, skin-and-bones types when it comes to cover girls. â€œI think it absolutely will,â€ Leive told Matt Lauer on TODAY Monday. â€œYou get a reaction like this and you can really see it. Itâ€™s also a sign of the times that women are really looking for a little bit more authenticity and a little bit less artifice in every part of their lives. â€œWill it change our approach? I think it will.â€ Ironically, the fashion mountain came out of what amounted to a molehill of a picture. Millerâ€™s life-altering pose was not on the cover of Glamour; it was just a 3-inch-by-3-inch photo illustration buried on page 194. (Source: Akira News)
Page 194 isn’t exactly groundbreaking. And yeah, I noticed the photo myself as I was flipping through the pages, because I expect every woman in Glamour to be airbrushed within an inch of her life. I mean, Lizzi is gorgeous and I love the photo but damn, Glamour, can you stop stroking off for a minute and take a step back: the article was about body acceptance. If you really wanted to be groundbreaking, it was far from a radical photo. In her blog and on the Today show, Glamour editor Cindi Leive seems to want us to believe that we’ll be seeing more pictures of guts like Lizzi’s in Glamour, but I only hope that it doesn’t translate into more columns on loving your body just as you are in the same issue as a list of ways to flatten that stomach or celeb interviews where the writer gushes over how amazingly wee Jennifer Aniston’s thigh is. And then there’s the fact that Lizzi is the mean/average size, which means that there’s a whole world of women whose tum would look at Lizzi’s starter stomach and shake with hearty laughter.
Annabel, who describes herself on her About page as a former 280-pound teenager who lost 150 and wants to describe in her blog “what it means to thrive” had lots to say about Lizzi, including the following:
While I was *super* stoked to see a â€œplus-sizedâ€ model in a magazine outside of the â€œplus-sizedâ€ magazine niche, I have to admit that all of the attention paid to Lizzie (sic) made me hyper conscious of two things I am a bit uncomfortable with. One â€” Lizzie is just plain gorgeous and she doesnâ€™t need the qualifying words â€œplus-sizedâ€ thrown in front of the description â€œmodel.â€ Am I the only one who looks at her and is like, â€œuhh what is so â€˜plus-sizedâ€™ about her?â€ I also wonder why she couldnâ€™t just as well have graced the cover.
That’s really the question, isn’t it? Not whether she needed to be qualified as plus-size (because, well, she says she is, so I believe her) but why is she confined to the end of the magazine, like an afterthought. I mean, it’s awesome when Jennifer Hudson or Beth Ditto rock their covers, but we won’t truly having any groundbreaking moments from the glossy media until they start using nameless curvy chicks for something other than the poster girls when it comes to body acceptance.
What do you think, BFDivas? Is all of this attention to Lizzi’s stomach good for the Fat Acceptance movement? Or is it just another token nod about loving yourself from the very establishment that some think provokes body image issues?
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