Picture This: Belly Bulge Exposed!
By Sheryl Kraft
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)