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Beauty in a Magazine

Thank you, Glamour, for this!


She is beautiful. Even more so that someone in corporate got a clue that THIS is what we want (need) to see. Despite the fact that it was such a small photo, I am glad it was printed at all. Next step: bigger photo.

(It does make me want to vomit a little, though, that she is considered plus sized in terms of modeling – look at the definition in her body! She’s perfect.)

in Activism, Before Pregnancy, Belly, Body Image, Link, News
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  • Samantha Friday, August 21, 2009, 9:30 am

    She’s Beautiful and she’s NOT Plus-Sized!

  • Mrs.Muffins Friday, August 21, 2009, 9:33 am

    Omigosh, I saw that photo too and I’m going to write to Glamour. She’s so beautiful. Even pre-pregnancy I had a belly pooch and I’ve always seen girls in magazines that might be considered “plus size” but still had tighter bodies than me! I love her soft belly and I know Glamour’s going to hear an overwhelming response!

  • taiyo Friday, August 21, 2009, 10:06 am

    It’s funny and sad how shocking it is to see a real image of a real woman in a magazine. I didn’t come across this in Glamour (because I don’t read it) but thanks for posting it. I read the link you posted, as well. Hats off to them for publishing the photo, I guess, but I was a bit disheartened by the Editor-in-Chief’s response. If she really does care to show the women who read the magazine– her audience– what they are demanding, why is her tone so defeated?

    “Raising a question: With all the six-packs out there, do you even know what a normal belly looks like anymore–other than the one you see in the mirror?”

    You’d think that the editor of Glamour magazine might be able to have some sway in terms of what types of models are chosen for their shoots– ideally, she could SHOW us what a “normal belly” looks like. If people really care to dispel the myth of female perfection perpetuated in such magazines, why don’t they do something about it? Aside from publishing a 3 X 3 inch photograph of a “normal” woman.

    It’s a start, I guess.


  • B.C. Friday, August 21, 2009, 10:11 am

    I think we should all post comments to glamour magazine to do more of this!!! I’m 45 and struggle with my self esteem over body image. issues. Most of us know full well the sometimes devastating self loathing young girls go through because of unrealistic images of young women in magazines. When Glamour magazine starts putting women like this on the cover in all her glory, I’ll subscribe!

  • TracyKM Friday, August 21, 2009, 10:52 am

    It is fustrating to see plus size models who are perfectly porportioned and don’t look ‘fat’. But, that picture is still great!

  • Catherine S Friday, August 21, 2009, 11:35 am

    That is so cool!!! Kudos to Glamour, but it is one photo out of thousands. When the majority of the photos are like this one, I will subscribe, until then, no way. I am not considered to be a plus size woman, but I have cellulite, spider veins, stretch marks, you name it. I would love to have a womens magazine that feature pictures of real, accomplished woman who have done more than make beauty their lives. I would love articles that are so often featured in mens magazines about current events, great cultural places to visit, and other topics that are truly interesting and enriching. I don’t need another article about 101 ways to please my man or how to drop 10 pounds in 10 days. I say, this is a start, but there is a long, looooong way to go.

  • lacee Friday, August 21, 2009, 12:47 pm

    oh my gosh! Her stomach looks just like mine. What a brave woman. I wish I had her confidence, she looks beautiful!

  • Lauren Friday, August 21, 2009, 2:33 pm

    Wow, she is plus sized?! This is a great photo!

  • Angèle Friday, August 21, 2009, 3:23 pm

    OMG! How beautiful and amazing to see this!! Plus size?! Are you kidding me?! ugh!

  • Trish Friday, August 21, 2009, 3:37 pm


  • Jillylicious Friday, August 21, 2009, 4:02 pm

    Hey! I know that belly – looks JUST like mine! :)

    I was feeling blue today about my squishy belly and this post was JUST what I needed. Thanks Bonnie and thank Glamour Magazine! LOVED IT!

  • Judith Friday, August 21, 2009, 5:41 pm

    This is not plus size – this is a slender woman not one who has starved herself to size 0. She does not have a tiny frame and by the length of her torso looks tall, so size 0 would be all bone on her. She has flesh on her. Glad to see her baby pouch, would love to see her breasts. She looks great to me but a plus size model she is definitely not, in my view! Magazines need to get real. The average size in the UK is a 16 now!

  • Sarah Friday, August 21, 2009, 6:02 pm

    shes considered PLUS SIZE!! omg! I almost choked on dinner when I read that! Dang, sign me up to be plus size then, I must be atrociously obese sized! lol… she’s fabulous!

  • Jill--Unnecesarean Friday, August 21, 2009, 6:03 pm

    I thought it was weird to look at that picture and see “plus size,” too!

  • shannon Friday, August 21, 2009, 9:17 pm

    I adored this picture and just wish that other magazines would come to their senses and use “real” models…I am a size 6 myself but have had 2 kids so I have the roll that most of us have. I catch myself scouring photos in magazines and online hoping to catch a hint of roll or stretch mark on models and celebrities only to be disgusted by my behavior. I also stare at myself in the mirror wondering why I can’t be like Britney or Jlo and bounce back…even though in real life I don’t know anyone like them…this was refreshing,real,made a HUGE impact and I hope it opens some doors for models and eyes of editors.

  • Mina Saturday, August 22, 2009, 11:56 am

    To be fair to the magazine, I’m looking at the article right now, and I don’t see “Plus-Size” anywhere on the page…it doesn’t appear to me that the model is identified as such. AND, the article is about self-acceptance, not being so hard on ourselves. Also, the ad in the middle of the article features a gorgeous full page color photo of Queen Latifah.

  • Bonnie (SOAM) Saturday, August 22, 2009, 11:59 am

    I’m on my phone at the moment so it’s a PITA to double check but I am certain the link I posted mentioned that at a sz 12 she is a plus size model.

  • Krystal Saturday, August 22, 2009, 12:22 pm

    She actually is considered a plus size and agree. SHe is pretty though, and brave.

  • Mina Saturday, August 22, 2009, 1:52 pm

    It is absolutely in the link you sent, but NOT in the printed magazine article :)
    That’s part of what I love here – they printed this photo with no caption, no plus-size label…no differently than they would’ve printed a photo of a “typical” model (notice I didn’t say “typical woman”.
    THEN, reader response triggered the online article you linked to, which does indeed state her plus-size status.
    I just wanted to point out though that the initial printing of the photo was presented just like any other model would’ve been.

  • Sarah Sunday, August 23, 2009, 12:48 am

    She’s plus sized? What crap is that!!! She’s Gorgeous and so thin!!!!

  • Mary Sunday, August 23, 2009, 8:06 am

    Yay! I saw that when I was browsing through the magazine last week… it made me smile!

  • Anon Sunday, August 23, 2009, 8:12 am

    Beautiful. I love it. I do wonder if they airbrushed her skin as it looks very…velvety and non-porous. But maybe she is simply blessed. They should have printed it bigger!

  • Judith Sunday, August 23, 2009, 3:54 pm

    I have just found on the net a magazine cover AT, the Israel version of Cosmo, 27 July. It shows a nude photo of Irit Kaplan, a true plus size woman. An article by Elana Sztokman says amongst all the airbrushed anorectics she spotted this cover. The article is worth a read. I am a bigger woman and feel so enlightened to see this photo – see my posts postpartum 22 and 25 years

  • Lucy Monday, August 24, 2009, 11:03 am

    I love this picture!! I think about this a lot: if pictures like this get into the fashion magazines, women probably won’t buy half the products advertised inside the magazine! We’ll start gaining self-esteem, realizing we look normal. I wonder how much control the advertisers have over the pictures inside?? Well, I’m ready for the revolution!

  • Shealene Tuesday, August 25, 2009, 1:10 am

    Ahh, plus sized, normal sized, skinny sized…she’s beautiful regardless of what label she carries. I love this picture!

  • Berni Tuesday, August 25, 2009, 7:47 am

    I love this photo!

  • john Wednesday, August 26, 2009, 12:26 pm

    She’s skinny. She doesnt represent plus size women accurately at all. Just another ploy to try and win over some readers. At least they are trying but, c’,mon. Plus size?

  • Victoria Friday, August 28, 2009, 12:10 am

    What an amazing picture, alas, finally, a real woman. I am currently 14 pounds under my ideal weight, and I guess I would be considered “plus sized” because of my pouch.

    I wish I could wear a thong without my loose skin hanging out, this is one hell of a toned woman.

  • ashley Tuesday, September 1, 2009, 8:09 am

    its about flipping time someone showed the world what a real woman is, im so sick of plastic women!

    finally, society is headed in the right direction!

  • Nancy Wednesday, September 2, 2009, 1:19 pm

    This is great. She’s real even though she doesn’t look plus.

  • heather Friday, September 11, 2009, 3:55 am

    It’s about time!!! She looks soooo much better than those twig women we see everywhere!

  • Dannielle Saturday, September 12, 2009, 11:13 pm

    Love this photo because it shows a real woman!

  • mamaoffour Tuesday, September 15, 2009, 10:27 am

    absolutely lovely. i’m really delighted with this. yay!

  • Tinia Sunday, September 27, 2009, 1:09 pm

    That is a great “REAL” photo. . .

  • Stephen Monday, October 12, 2009, 10:34 am

    What happened to my comment from last night that I submitted when I found this web site. I’m a master cosmetologist with years of experiance in the field of beauty. Last night I described the feeling that this picture of this young lady brought to my mind. I don’t see my comment here this morning and I’m wondering why. The feeling that my comment was trying to express was one of natural beauty with a wonderful freshness of nature which we are all a part of. To make a long story and come right to the point, yes she is very attractive with the freshness that the modesty she is projecting gives her.

  • Stephen Monday, October 12, 2009, 10:44 am

    In my last comment I left out the word “short” after the word “story”. Sorry about that but I’m working from my touch screen phone. I look forward to your coYmments about mine.
    Good day and God bless.

  • Stephene Monday, October 12, 2009, 5:42 pm

    All women should know this, women are gods most beautiful creation, and if you are a woman, know this and believe it, because its true.

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