Glamour magazine ran in its September issue a story about body image and how other people see things in your body, you can’t. With the story they commissioned a photo of a mostly naked woman who looks like an actual real woman – meaning she has curves and a roll of fat around her stomach.
Apparently readers went crazy writing in because they were soooo thrilled to actually see a woman in a magazine who looks like them – who looks normal! (It’s like those Dove ads everybody loved because they were real women.)
There were so many letter that the editor had to write to address the issue.
Here is the original story that ran in Glamour magazine.
Here is a letter from the editor talking about the mail they have received about this one model’s photo.
I didn’t know the background to this story before I clicked on the picture and was really surprised to see a lady with a pooch. I literally thought to myself “Hey, that looks like me.” The next thing I wondered was why are they using a naked photo of a lady with a pooch, which was exactly their point.
The only disheartening thing about this whole story is the fact that the model is considered a “PLUS-SIZE MODEL” because of those curves and that roll. And that ladies, brings us back to reality!
What did you think of the photo? Were you surprised to see it in a fashion magazine? Did you think she looked fat? Did you think she looked “normal”? Should magazines feature more photos of “regular” women? Did she alter your thoughts about your own body? Do you think she should be labeled a Plus-Size model?