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Dear Glamour Magazine:
Stop patting yourselves on your backs. You’re going to cut yourselves on your exposed shoulderblades.
Okay, okay, that was low. And nasty. Because with all the problems women of all shapes and sizes have with body image, it’s really not right for any of us to poke fun at each other. These days, nobody’s happy with their body, not even the airbrushed girls in magazines. There’s always something you want to change, something you wish was bigger, smaller, tighter, better. And it sucks for all of us.
But, Glamour, you really think you’ve done a public service, don’t you? You are shaking your own hands madly over the fact that you put a 180 lb girl in your September issue.
Which, okay, yay for featuring Lizzi Miller, who’s bigger than your normal model. However, you have the audacity to claim she is representative of the normal-sized woman.
She is 5 feet 11 inches tall.
That is NOT average.
Yeah, see, the weight is a little different when you take that into account, isn’t it? Because, trust me, that woman at 180 and me or one of my other 5’ 3” to 5’ 5” friends at 180? Look very, very different. But you wouldn’t know because those are just the faceless women who read your magazine and send you letters proclaiming how forward thinking you are for showing a woman with a slight belly and some stretch marks.
Don’t get me wrong, this IS a big step for women’s magazines. And the model in question is absolutely gorgeous. But at the same time, she is still branded with the label of “plus sized model” while wearing a size 12 or 14. She’s “average” but at the same time “plus sized.” Um…what?
This comes less than a year after the attempted censorship of Amanda Palmer’s video for “Leeds United” by her label, Roadrunner, because of her “uncommercially large belly.” Her fans, in response, started what they call the “Rebellyon,” a posting of pictures of their own bellies, of all shapes, sizes and sexes. Palmer herself pleaded publically to be dropped from the label for a combination of the censorship and being told “it was a shame that someone as smart and talented as me could not make a commercial record that they could sell. and he thinks that someday i’ll see the light and write some better songs.”
And now, Glamour, you’re claiming that the reactions to Lizzi’s picture as well as recent debates about fattism and reality shows such as “More to Love” “only strengthens our commitment to celebrating all kinds of beauty.”
Glamour, I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t know REAL beauty if it kicked you in your expertly make-up-ed face.
In closing: kiss my uncommerically large size 20 ass.