Way to go Glamour Magazine for your article in the September issue entitled What Everyone but You Sees about Your Body.
My first reaction to seeing the nearly nude picture on page 194 was “Right on! A real person photographed for a fashion magazine!” The picture made me feel so uplifted. It was as if Glamour magazine just endorsed me as acceptable. Like the fashion magazine world suddenly took off their rose coloured glasses, looked up from their Photoshop program and actually saw me. Me. And didn’t just see me but wanted to celebrate me and even make me feel worthy. Wow!
The article begins by explaining that “you may put on mean-girl goggles when you check yourself out – but no one else does.” It goes on to quote experts like a jean saleswoman, a photographer who shoots nudes, a bridal gown consultant, a personal trainer, and many more who offer words of encouragement and little tricks to change the self loathing talk that many of us are guilty of. One of my favourite comments was from Jennifer Phillips, a certified massage therapist, who said:
“A lot of my female clients make anxious comments like, ‘You’ve probably never seen thighs this big,’ or they apologize if they have a day’s worth of stubble on their legs. It’ll take a few sessions for them to relax and enjoy the massage.
Meanwhile, my male clients don’t care. They’re hairy, sweaty, often overweight—and completely at ease from day one. They’ll climb on the table, fall asleep and start snoring. They’re happy to have their beer belly massaged…”
Isn’t that the truth!
According to Glamour’s Editor-In-Chief, Cindi Leive, the moment the issue hit the newsstands they were flooded by letters from women like me who loved the article and, in particular, the picture of the model they chose.
The model is twenty year old Lizzi Miller, who was quoted as saying “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.”
Well thanks to Lizzi on page 194 and the article itself, I do feel a little sexier in my own skin today.