Lizzie Miller was already a 6-year veteran of the modeling industry when a picture of her from a forgotten photo shoot appeared on the September 2009 issue of Glamour Magazine and shot her to plus sized super model stardom. From then on she became known as “The Woman on Page 194”.
The over 9 Billion Worldwide Impressions she received as a result of that un-doctored photo were a far cry from Lizzie’s modest beginnings as a “California Girl”, born in San Jose. As a young girl Lizzie struggled with her weight but applied herself to eating right and exercising, losing a dramatic 60 pounds in exchange for a strong sense of self. Drawn to the world of plus size modeling, she entered a Model Search at 13 years old and was immediately signed by the prestigious Wilhelmina Modeling Agency in New York. Shortly thereafter, she moved to New York to further pursue her modeling career.
In NYC her career exploded, clients such as Italian Vogue and Macy’s had her flying around the world. It was no wonder in the whirlwind of runway shows, shoots and test shoots that the casual picture shot in a humble studio in downtown Manhattan at Industria Studios was briefly forgotten in Lizzie’s memory until the release of that fateful Glamour issue.
The unassuming photo of a happy, semi-nude, curvy Lizzie Miller comfortable in her own perfectly imperfect body, sent a shockwave around the globe. Women were tired of seeing airbrushed, photo-shopped, stick thin women as their representatives in the media; they were starving to see someone who was beautiful, just like them. Letters flooded Glamour Magazine “I am gasping with delight, a woman who looks just like me! I love the woman on page 194!” The outpouring was incredible! Glamour Magazine had to respond, and created a plus-sized issue in October again featuring Lizzie and several other prominent plus sized models.
Glamour Magazine wasn’t the only one calling; The Today Show, CNN, Access Hollywood and Ellen were just a handful of the many media outlets clamoring to get a few minutes with Lizzie Miller. Surprised by the response, she began receiving fan mail herself. Letters saying things like, ” Thank you for giving average sized girls a voice that they are beautiful too” And “Finally! A girl who looks like me! I want to shout from the rooftops!”, made her realize that the public craves ‘real sized women’ to represent them in mainstream media. She took this to heart and in addition to her modeling, began hosting TV Programs for E! Entertainment as well as speaking publicly on the topic. She was asked to do a Public Service Announcement for Girl Scouts of America, and is asked to speak regularly on the topic of Positive Body Image.
Since this outpouring, Lizzie has started” Lunch with Lizzie” where she meets with small groups to discuss their concerns and struggles. She continues to model, host, and speak publicly on positive body image and the unrealistic images of women in today’s world; she has made it a personal mission to redefine what beauty is in mainstream media. In addition to modeling for clients like Fruit of The Loom and Lane Bryant, Lizzie is also exploring a singing/songwriting talent she has nurtured since childhood. She continues to inspire women to love and accept their bodies and recognize that their internal beauty reflects externally as well.