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Picture This: Belly Bulge Exposed!

Picture This: Belly Bulge Exposed!

By Sheryl Kraft

Created: 08/27/2009
Last Updated: 11/23/2009

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In case you missed it, there's a photo that's buzzing around these days that is inspiring a LOT of attention - and not negative attention, for a change.

No airbrushing, no apologies...a photo in the September issue of Glamour of a -sized model baring her body without any sort of self-consciousness.

By the way, before I continue, it's hard to believe a "-size" is considered a size 12-14, which is the average size of today's American woman.

The eye automatically goes to the model's middle, since this is not the kind of tummy we're used to seeing in magazines (you know what I mean; those toned, extremely muscular ones that look like ridged ironing boards. Think Dara Torres - unreal looking, don't you agree?) This tummy on this young model. Lizzi Miller, - it hangs, it jiggles, it's authentic.

It kind of reminds me of that photo in More some years ago of Jamie Lee Curtis in her underwear, sans makeup or any sort of "flattering lighting" to minimize her, well, realness. That was certainly refreshing, and I will forever love, respect and admire her for being brave and confident enough to be photographed like that. It's a real statement when you can feel totally comfortable with your looks and body to share it with millions of people - especially for someone in the public eye who is forever being scrutinized and noticed by so many people who are no doubt extremely nit picky and judgemental; looking to pounce with negativity.

What I think is so impressive about this model in Glamour (aside from the fact that she's beautiful) is that she is very young - 20 - an age where if memory serves, I was extremely self-conscious, never feeling good enough, always comparing myself to however I thought 20-year-olds were supposed to look. (I'd like to feel that I've made some progress in the three decades following such silliness; yet I still don't know if I could be that brave.)

Freedom from Caring What Others Think - that's is something I do strive for and have managed to accomplish in so many areas of my life. Yet now I realize it's not others, but so often ourselves, who are our very worst critics.

Ah, the peace of mind that comes with total acceptance of oneself.

Good for this young model for having the confidence she has - she's way ahead of where most of us were - and maybe still are, today. When you of body image in girls as young as 10 or 11, you'll respect her even more.

had to say (the article includes a link to the interview on a recent segment of the Today Show, too)


Agreed...a skinny body but nothing else makes for a very empty life, indeed.

I love this honesty. As a women of 42 I have come to the realization that the most important thing in life is to have all facets of your life in balance. And to reach your ideal weight - which is not necessarily a twiggy body anymore. I also loved the article below on taking a holistic view of your life.

I've always been a fan of -size models! There's a great site with many images of -size models here:

They're all gorgeous. The site's forum also features many thought-provoking discussions on body image.

Thanks for chiming in, everyone. This photo surely struck a nerve with so many of us. I'm glad there's something to share that puts everyone in a good mood!

And if you don't like what I just said...

You're opinion of me is none of my business.

(What a great quote that is - thanks, Meredith :)

Forgive me as I gush... I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog. Every post is informative and fun to read. Like the women who have commented on this post before me, I loved, loved, loved it. I had not heard about the photo previously but seeing it today really made my morning. Brava to you and Glamour magazine.

I hadn't seen this photo before...it made my day! thanks for this article.

There is a great quote I've heard (and try to live by) that goes: "Your opinion of me is none of my business." There is something very liberating about that. Somehow, when we toss that notion and live authentically, what happens is that we attract wonderful people--and they attract us. Nice post.

I just had the experience of having my hair and makeup done for a TV appearance. I kept looking in the mirror and thinking, "Is that really me?" And now when I look in the mirror with my non madeup face--which is how I usually look--I keep thinking I look plain. It will be interesting to how society could change if we all had the courage of this model.

I am so happy this image was published! I get disgusted with the airbrushed models that bombard our daily field of view. It's refreshing to see one of *us* out there, in the pages of Glamour. That, I believe, is truly glamorous.

I think she's just fabulous! And I concur on being impressed with her sense of self at such a young age. Wonderful writing:)

I haven't seen the picture but I'm glad to know it's out there. Why oh why do we have such an obsession with skinny-ness in America? In Niger (where people are hungry), a size 12-14 would need FATTENING Up. Women are supposed to look, well, like women and the bigger they are the more sexy. Maybe that's why I enjoyed living there so much?!

I can remember when the early bulges of pregnancy were hidden; now they're EVERYWHERE and they're called baby bumps. Wouldn't it be nice if this could open the way to a more honest look at real women's bodies? Or am I dreaming?

Great post, Sheryl! I had the same thought as you when I heard her age: I'm so impressed that someone just barely out of awkward adolescence already has such poise and self-confidence. Though it depresses the hell out of me that she's a PLUS-SIZE model. Ridiculous world we live in.


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