The Woman On Page 194…Nude and Real

Bonnie Johnson's PostWay 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!Lizzie Miller

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.



10 thoughts on “The Woman On Page 194…Nude and Real

  1. Unfortunately, studies have shown women don’t buy magazines to see a true reflection of themselves. They WANT the images of unattainable “perfection”. So, while everyone is thrilled to see this photo of a real woman in all her beautiful glory, the magazine editors know that sales will go down if that’s all they showed. It’s warped, I know. Plus size fashion magazines don’t sell as well as say, Vogue, even though they represent the average woman because we want our magazine experience to be voyeuristic, in a way. Seeing a sexy, regular-sized woman makes us feel better about ourselves, for sure, but it apparently we’re not willing to put our money where our mouths are and purchase the mags that do show regular women all the time. Sad, but money is the bottom line.
    Glad you posted this, Bonnie

  2. I like to see the girls who have been airbrushed to perfection but I also like to see the real deal too. I know what goes into the photo session but unfortunately a lot of young girls don’t so they have a ideal body or weight that they simply can not attain because it’s just not genetically possible for them. Embrace who you are! What I did like most about this girl in the magazine was that she was 20 not 40 and just starting to become comfortable in the skin she was born in !!

  3. I know the trend over the past 40 years or so has been that stick thin models have sold the magazines but maybe, just maybe, this trend is slowly starting to go out.
    Yay Shannon for doing your part!

    I hope that the next generation of young women will follow Lizzi’s example of self acceptance and embrace who they are as Tracy suggested. I find that so refreshing and inspiring.

  4. If we continue to use our voices ladies those who are in a position to make these changes will continue to hear us, they also have to have good listening skills to hear what we are saying! Each voice out there can make a difference, and together change can not be ignored.

  5. I love how they did this issue! Its great. I read it online and was wondering what the deal was. Its about time! Im plus size and I was like damn where are all the bigger women. But she looked lovely.

  6. Wouldn’t it be great if everyone had tight tiny little waists shaded by a set of nice round store bought breasts.You know the ones that could double as a chin rest or provide a spot that you could set your martini on as you fix your hair.
    In reality if your pet had as little body fat as some of the models we drool over you would be dialing up the Vet with haste.
    WAIT!!! Was this post actually to test the waters for the Tara team tastefully done nude calendar for 2010

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