been a big to-do regarding "the
woman on page 194" in Glamour magazine's
photo shows a woman who, dressed, would be wearing a
size 12 or 14. But here she's nearly-naked, sitting
on a bench and leaning forward, letting her belly roll
over the top of her string bikini.
of readers have applauded this image of a plus-size
woman "a woman who looks like me" in the
trend-setting fashion magazine.
comments focus on one of the photo's features:
beautiful woman has a real stomach.... This is how my
belly looks.... This photo made me want to shout from
of my own belly, I always thought I was some deformed
woman, but not now. Holy hell, I am normal!
belly looks like this but I never thought I was really
"ok" about it....
draws us to this photo is the fact that she is glowing
[with] inner peace and happiness pouch belly
can't stop looking at this picture. Her body looks almost
exactly like mine.... I love her belly SO MUCH. It is
actually allowing me to feel better about myself, looking
at this beautiful woman.
photo on page 194, and the passionate response to it,
have become international news, breaking into Newsweek,
woman on page 194, model Lizzi Miller, appeared along
with Cindi Leive, Glamour's editor-in-chief,
on the Today
Show with Matt Lauer.
pointed out that the issue is about more than dress
size: "It really is all about the tummy. Let's be honest.
It is about the fact that there is a little tummy in
a position we don't normally see tummies in magazines."
responded: "But you see it all the time when you look
in the mirror.... Women are seeing something that looks
the way so many of us really do."
follows up on its readers' demand for fitting reflections
in its November
issue. And Leive promises
her magazine will be "featuring a greater range of body
types" in its pages.
glad the fashion magazine intends to provide photos
of models that enhance, rather than undermine, women's
body image. Still, there's that pesky problem with "image"
itself the dissatisfaction inherent in basing
self-esteem on the mirror's reflection, the visual critique.
from "how do I look?" to "how am I feeling?"
than living on the periphery of our lives, living through
the center of our bodies.
self-esteem from the awareness and experience of who
we are in the core of our being.
Public Radio recently featured Mika,
a Lebanese-American singer and songwriter whose specialty
is the bubblegum pop music harking back to the '60s
his music might not be to your taste or mine. But the
young man is wise. He said the words that, I hope, will
become the trend-setting fashion for women, if not in
our magazines, then in our lives:
We have a value
that goes beyond
how we judge ourselves in the mirror.
to let Cindi Lieve and Glamour know how you value
your body, your belly, and yourself beyond the mirror's
or at firstname.lastname@example.org.