This is a photo of Lizzi Miller, a plus-sized model that caused a media maelstrom (I had another “storm” reference here but it started with an expletive and I’m trying to keep it clean as of late) in 2009 when said photo was published of her in Glamour magazine. Lizzi is a size 12-14 and is a spokesperson for Curves for Change, a non-profit started by models from the Wilhemina W division that seeks to empower women and girls of all ages worldwide. I recently came upon this photo of her again and I’m saving it on my desktop as – let’s use Glamour’s language – a definite DO.
Ladies and gentlemen, this woman is gorgeous and a great reminder of what’s really sexy.
As someone who has been working out like crazy trying to get down to a certain body weight, this photo made me realize that I’ve gotten off track in that I had started to aim to go under weight for photos. This isn’t the goal I set out to achieve. What I wanted to be was healthy, which I most certainly am. 74 lbs lost, all health risk factors gone and I’m at a level of health and fitness I could have only dreamed about even a year ago.
And yet, I’m like almost everyone else who grapples with the effects of media images. I started to let the images sink into my head, which triggered an insane amount of working out, trying to achieve a size that I may never see again. And I shouldn’t…because I’m a woman now with a woman’s body, not a teenager with no experiences or body definition.
So, finding this image has been such a healing experience for me. Because seeing how incredibly beautiful and sexy Lizzie is has reminded me to stay the course and just get down to my healthy BMI…period. Because I actually want a body much like hers :lived in and healthy, with all the right curves in all the right places.
Ladies, we are LOSING TIME worrying so much about our bodies. Life is too short to worry about staying in jeans the size of toothpicks or to not eat butter or cupcakes. Work out to maintain your health and fitness but at the end of the day, have a life TODAY in the body you’re in right now.
I’d like to thank Glamour for constantly shedding light on body image issues. Because, every once in a while, it’s nice to find a magazine that takes a second or two to tell you what’s RIGHT with you. With that being said, I’ve just finished a bagel with butter and I’m going to meet some friends for brunch this weekend. I’ve got the workouts planned, but you know what’s off the to-do list? Self-hatred and self-loathing. Which frees me up to do a lot.
Give the mirror, the tape measure and the scale a break for a bit. You’re sexy and you know it.