Real Women Have Belly Fat
How a photograph is reminding us that what we see in the mirror isn’t always reflected in magazines
What is beautiful to you? Magazines would have us believe that beauty can only be found in blemish-free skin, impossibly long legs, perky breasts that would do a Victoria’s Secret model proud and a flat belly.
So when Glamour magazine chose to run this picture of a real woman on page 194 of its September issue, it caused an outcry.
And that got me thinking. How sad is it that a photo of an average-size woman that reveals she has stretch marks and a belly can lead to a media storm? After all, isn’t this what most women see when they look in the mirror?
And then my sadness turned to anger. I mean, how messed up are we as women that when we see a photo of a size 12 woman in a magazine we find it thought-provoking, confronting and worthy of discussion. Shouldn’t the conversation be about why women who look like this model, 20-year-old Lizzi Miller, aren’t on the pages of every magazine, including the cover?
Confession: I am a size 16, and worked in women’s magazines for years. I am one of those people who has gazed at photos of Chanel-clad stick insects and wished for just a moment that I was eight inches taller and 50 pounds lighter.