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Glamour Publishes Picture of Average-Sized Woman, Hell Freezes Over

Mon, Aug 31, 2009

Pop Culture

glamour_photofrom p. 194 of Glamour’s September issue!

Ladies, if you want to feel good about yourself, don’t read women’s magazines. Nothing makes you feel like a fat tub of lard more than page after glossy page of genetic mutants in desperate need of a cracker or two. But in the September issue of Glamour, there’s actually one page that’s making women breathe a sigh of relief: p. 194. Granted it’s only one page out of a couple hundred produced each and every month, but the picture of the average-sized woman in all her glory is apparently making readers write into Glamour in droves with thanks and gratitude, according to Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive. (Of course, she doesn’t mention all the crazies that must be writing in calling the model a fat tub of lard, but why ruin the celebration — albeit the mini one — of realism.)

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27 Responses to “Glamour Publishes Picture of Average-Sized Woman, Hell Freezes Over”

  1. Erin Says:

    On Yahoo Shine she was called fat and disgusting by many, although some tried to defend her I think that this picture for many is why bigger women are considered gross. Many pointed out she’s not healthy and that although this is good for self esteem it supports over eating and an unhealthy life style. (WTF?) I’m a big girl too, not tall and well balanced like this model. I do love the pic because she’s happy and shows what most real women look like. I wish people would stop fussing over it though.

  2. em Says:

    Is she actually a “bigger” woman? She looks normal to me. Or let me put it another way … I’m smack dab in the middle of the normal weight for my height, I’m in decent shape, many people have called me “thin,” and my stomach still does that when I’m sitting down. Oh, and my thighs touch, even though I have muscular legs.

    Let’s not forget that even models and actresses are photoshopped within an inch of their life when they appear in these magazines. I think it’s seriously distorted our idea about what women actually look like.

  3. Kathy Says:

    I saw a clip of her on the Today show–she’s a size 12-14, which is the average for women in this country. She also says she eats healthy and works out–she’s just not naturally stick-thin. Seems reasonable enough to me.

  4. Les Says:

    Okay, I have to admit that I said “eww!” when I saw that picture, but then I realized it may perhaps just be the angle.

    Still, does anyone really look to Glamour to see the image of an average woman?

    I don’t open a sports mag to hear about a woman’s weekend softball team. I don’t read my music magazines to hear about a college kid who took guitar up on the side.

  5. tiffany blue Says:

    I think this issue is more than GLAMOUR can capture in one page. Yeah a lot of women have very distorted issues with our bodies. Most of them know it’s wrong but still diet and sweat and starve trying to fit into the norm. I appreciate the picture…a lot. As an artist, I find the hordes of skinny models uninteresting. I want to recreate someone with hills and valleys and CURVES.

    So yes, GLAMOUR, good job. Here’s a cookie for you.
    But, women, as a gender, we need to get our sh*t together and start loving ourselves before loving a model on one page in one magazine. The beautiful woman up there won’t cure worldwide issues, let’s be honest, but I love that it’s spurring all this self reflection.

  6. Katie Says:

    wow my body image is skewed! I thought she was around my size just with post-pregnancy stretch marks (I’m a size 8 and work out every day). To be honest, though, if she didn’t have such a photogenic face, no one would have paid attention to this picture. People born with simply more angular faces can often get away with more weight gain and still be deemed attractive by the general public.

  7. Katie Says:

    mmm on second thought I assumed the line around the back of her waist was a thong…is it just a fat roll? I know that sounds horrible but I can’t tell at all!

  8. e. Says:

    I had assumed it was a fat roll, but now that I’m looking again I’m thinking it is a thong. It looks red, not dark, the way the crease of a skin fold would look.

    Les, are you seriously saying that if this woman was naked in the same room with you, you’d be turned off?

  9. nick Says:

    as a life long enthusiastic fan of the female body.. they need to do this more often.

  10. kim Says:

    Oh Katie, you are being a turkey! That is a thong and not a fat roll. Hey, I give it too her, she is out there in all her glory probably “feeling” sexy and wonderful. Isn’t that most of our, as the female race’s battle. I think it is great at any size or weight to just go for it and feel great. I think back at all the times when I was younger and I thought I was overweight and always felt like shit. What I would wish to go back and just be naked every chance I had. I now know that I am comfortable and very confident with my nakedness and that is what is sexy. The confidence and just going for it. I may have a little extra but I have never felt better.

  11. Maggie Says:

    I’m sorry, I know that it’s important for all of us to eschew the idea of the anorexic stick figure as an ideal of feminine beauty, but it is kind of annoying to have everyone applauding this woman as “real.”
    Are skinny people not real? I’m taller than her, I think, (six feet) and a size 4. Am I not real?

  12. G Says:

    I thought she looked good. Nice color to her skin. She might have a little extra fat but who doesn’t?

  13. Colin Says:

    Beautiful! Hopefully one issue soon will only have real women or more magazines will put in more real women! Love it love it love it love it!

  14. Elizabeth Says:

    The picture is beautiful… and the title of this article is freakin awesome. :)

  15. MST Says:

    The scary thing about this article is not her actual size or the comments made about Glamour’s decision. It’s that her real job is as a plus-size model. Just as the ‘regular’ clothing industry doesn’t use average sized models, neither do the ‘plus’ lines. Worse, for the plus models, I’d imagine: gain weight and you’re too big for plus, lose too much and you’re simply a large ‘regular’ model.

    However, I do applaud her ability to accept herself, especially in such an industry. That’s some serious strength of character.

  16. Rei Says:

    I agree with Maggie, I’m 5’5″ and a size 2, naturally. I do not diet, I get lots of exercise from work, and riding my bike, walking the dog, etc. I am ‘real.’ I had never starved myself to ‘fit-in’ this is my natural body type.

    I really do appreciate bigger sized women (not obese, that’s a different story) but I get so irritated that they are considered a real woman since they are fat. I’m as real as any other woman. I hate the stares from bigger women because I am naturally thin.

  17. Yliana Says:

    What got me most is the roll in her belly. That doesn’t really look like a fat roll to me but rather loose skin with some fat from a previous pregnancy perhaps. I have the same thing and I’m only a size 3. I hate it on me but when I saw her picture I really admired her for it. Kudos!

  18. LifeLOVER Says:

    To the “naturally thin” girls,

    What you are seeming not to understand is that for YEARS, our society has embraced perfection, to the point that women have horrible self esteem issues trying to be SMALLER and THINNER and work out to exhaustion and starve themselves too be “noticed” by the world we live in.

    You know this. No one is saying you are less “real” if you are not a size 12, but by default your perfect genes have made you socially acceptable whereas us larger gals have struggled to be accepted by anyone.

    I’m not talking obese, I’m 5’8′ muscular and weigh about 185. No doctor ever has told me to drop a few, and I am extremely self conscious about my hips, but its genetics. There isn’t much I can do. I am fit and healthy and tend to gain weight in my hips. It’s torture to “burn it off”, and I’m sick of killing myself to try to get down to a size 10!
    This isn’t to start a war between the thin and average, its to prove that average is acceptable and beautiful too!
    -medium build and beautiful :)

  19. james Says:

    I think women are tasking a revenge at men with the issue of penis size.

    Everytime there is an op, women say that size matters. It seems they say this with pleasure and with scorn.
    I do think it is their little revenge, because according to the statistics, there are no large qualtities of large men in the world, most men are average, which leads me to believe most women that so adamantly calim that size matters have never been with a large sized guy, perhaps seen porn stuff since early teen age, but certainly imposible for a woman to have been all the time with large men ( unless callously screening men, and dumping off good people in favour of penis size .)
    I love women , specially normal natural women, not the fabricated versions we see in fashion mags, but reading some of the posts in this thread brings to my mind the same issue all the way around, when women stick the needle with their comments about penis size…..why is it so difficult for women to transfer all the feelings and concepts in this particular issue to the other? Is it that women have to be accepted as they are, while men that are not build like long dong silver should be refered to as sorry outcasts?

  20. Kat Says:

    I think the problem is we use words like ‘average’ and mean them in a not-pretty way. When you tell a girl she is average, you arent saying anything bad, persay but it is taken bad. No one wants to be ‘average’! And then we use ‘skinny’ and ‘thin’ as the same thing. Looking at dictionary.com, the actual definitons provided are not the same or close. Skinny is very thin. We put too much ephasis on the words we use rather than do you look good. And scales should be distroyed. A good BMI is better than what a scale says.

  21. Raavynn Says:

    I’m a size 6/8, and ever since I had my son, my belly looks like that (albeit, with a lot more stretch marks!). I’ve been so self-conscious about it, despite compliments on my body from my husband and the few girls I’ve been with since. I hope more magazines start publishing pictures like this one. It’s about time our society’s women and girls see what regular, average-size women look like.

  22. james Says:

    About perfect model looking women vs actual women, I belive you women are at fault about society’s direction in respect to looks.

    You women keep buying all the glamour/fashion/designs mags that show all this fabrication when it comes to female looks.

    If women would stop buying all those mags, money would talk, and mags would start dropping those models in favour of real actual women.

    You have the last word, but I am afraid one thing is what women say about this issue, another one what women collectively are willing to do about it.

    Something like gasoline prices, financial downturn and the american driving habits. The larger the SUV, the more gasoline it is burnt and spent, hence, the more expensive it becomes to drive and also the less money there is for other expenses, vital expenses like mortgage and food.

    Albeit , drivers will adamantly keep and purchase new SUV’s and incurr in more expenses, in the face of catastrophy, rather than change course.

    Actual women will keep buying those magazines with thin, slender and near perfect bodies exhibited by late teen and early 20s women. These models are not representative of average women. While opening the mag’s pages and reading/viewing the images, these women complain about the society that supports said publications, only after having contributed financially to the wealth of these same mags they complain about through the purchase of the last copy.

    This is what women want, otherwise, women would not buy these publications.

  23. bill Says:

    i think she looks fine plus it has been my experince that girls with meat on their bones are the best lovers..

  24. Robert Ward Says:

    She looks HOT, HOT, HOT!!!

  25. Christieq Says:

    She looks wonderful! Realistic in size, and look at her beautiful skin, radiant smile.

    And look at the COMFORTS she has wearing her own skin!!!

  26. rachell Says:

    Looks like a normal woman who has had a child and feels confident about the way she looks, even eating healthy, working out 5 days a week while being a mother, student, and working can turn you into a super model. I praise this woman for having the confidence to show what a real woman looks like, we all cant be 120 pounds and flawless……also just want to throw this out there no one has the right to judge anyone unless they are perfect and in the end we get judged not for what we look like but for who we are!!! She is beautiful!!!!

  27. rachell Says:

    should be “cant” instead of can my bad


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