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The Woman on Page 194

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Usually, this site doesn’t consider these media-hyped photographs as iconic, but the above photo is so emblematic of everything that is wrong with our media-addiction and is rightfully causing some outrage so I find it worthy to mention it in passing.

Sized only 3×3 inches and buried on page 194 of September issue of Glamour magazine, the photo was part of an article on body acceptance. It seemingly rejects the idea that models like Lizzie Millier above can’t be glamourous or fashionable because of their ‘plus-sized bodies’. Nearly nude photo of 180-lbs, 5’11”, 20-year old by Walter Chin went against mainstream by not being airbrushed–a practice so common in magazines like Vogue, Playboy and Glamour.

Although she has a body mass index of 25.1 (two-tenths above what is “normal”), she is not technically ‘plus sized’, as many bloggers were clamoring. The average American female has a BMI of 26.5. Although many are saying that she will change the face of the fashion (they limited their opinions to facebook, twitter and blogs), that lofty goal may be impractical. “We are a culture where the Karl Lagerfelds of the world proclaim Kate Moss too fat,” wrote Newsweek.

Miller seems to be cherishing her 15 minutes of fame though: “I’ve been that girl, flipping through magazines trying to find just one person who looked a little bit like me. And when I didn’t find it I would start to think there’s something wrong with the way that I looked. When J. Lo and Beyoncé came out and were making curves sexy, I started to accept myself more. It’s funny, but just seeing them look and feel sexy enabled me to do the same.” She sat through an interview with MSNBC, which is still devoting pretty big chuck on cable news time to her.


Written by Alex Selwyn-Holmes

August 27, 2009 at 5:48 am

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  1. thought she was lovely…

    sue scarfe

    September 2, 2009 at 4:43 pm

  2. Your description says she is 180 lbs. That cannot be correct, can it?


    October 20, 2009 at 10:07 pm

  3. Looks like about 135-140 lbs.

    “Vogue, Playboy and Glamour.” I don’t think Playboy is a fashion mag, it’s a fantasy mag and therefore airbrushing should almost be required.

    Happy Tinfoil Cat

    November 4, 2009 at 9:30 pm

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  5. At 5’11″ she is 1m 79cm. 180lb would put her at 81,6kg. Quite possible, as she looks like a big woman to me. Not fat, but “chubby” – in a good way.

    And, yes. She is fantastic.😀


    March 22, 2012 at 6:38 pm

  6. I think she is absolutely beautiful!!!! We need more women like her that has true beauty and not artificial looking that makes the average women feel so insecure. Showing women like this beautiful woman is so refreshing.


    March 31, 2012 at 4:31 pm

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