Back in August, the big news was the Woman on Page 194 of Glamour magazine–Lizzie Miller and her beautiful belly and her regular thighs, looking gorgeous. It sparked a lot of talk all over the internet–Glamour loves you just the way you are, and Glamour is starting a revolution, and Glamour is just paying lipservice to vocal body acceptance advocates and they are totally just shitting us, Glamour is, when they say that this is just the first step in a whole new world of body positivity for them. Matt Lauer even called out Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive on the Today show, asking if this was a one-shot, in which the publicity was free today but the skinny models would be back tomorrow. No, no, Cindi Leive said. This is going to change things. And then in late September, she posted this on her blog:
As the editor of this magazine, I’ve been proud of plenty of portraits we’ve published–from fashion designers to First Ladies and beyond. But I’m especially proud of a shoot you’ll see in our November issue–not because of the work that went into it, but because of the important work it kicks off. Oh, and did I mention the whole fun, fabulous thing was your idea? …seven beautiful women, all three to five sizes larger than the models you generally see in magazines.
And the photo, as seen above, is pretty awesome, because these really aren’t the bodies you ever see in fashion and women’s magazines. Okay, a photoshoot. Not your standard models. That’s nice. So what? But she’s says it’s not just another last grasp at more publicity:
As you’ll read in our November issue, Glamour is committing to featuring a greater range of body types in our pages, including in fashion and beauty stories (traditionally the toughest areas for even the top “plus-size” models to crack).
This is just the start, she says. And this is something I am sad to be skeptical about. Really are we going to see more “plus” models? Really is there going to be more body diversity? Really do you mean it? I want to believe you, Cindi Leive, Editor-in-Chief. Do us a favor and don’t fuck this up.
(Have you seen the November issue of Glamour? What does the photo look like? Are all the ladies confined to the photoshoot, or has the new policy begun to spread to the other pages? Are you going to pick up the issue, or are you afraid this is all just corporate bullshit intended to drive sales to gullible, hopeful women and that it shouldn’t be supported?)
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