Size 12 Lizzie Murphy was targeted by online trolls who called her ‘fat’ (Image: Daily Record)
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A size 12 model has launched a body positivity campaign after being accused of promoting obesity.
Lizzie Murphy was targeted by online trolls who called her ‘fat’ after posting video on TikTok showing women of all sizes under five foot ten in a fashion shoot.
She has also been cut from some professional photoshoots with fellow models in recent years due to being just 5ft tall.
Lizzie is now calling on the fashion industry to cater for short, curvy women, saying they struggle to find clothes to fit.
The model also wants to promote the message that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, reports the Daily Record.
“We did a video of us walking during the shoot and put it on TikTok and it got 54,000 views,” she said.
“There were a lot of people commenting that we were promoting obesity and that’s not the case at all.
“I’ve been called fat all the time on it and I’m a size 12. One of my friend’s is a size 10 and she’s been called names.”
Lizzie thinks the fashion industry needs to look at shorter, curvier women differently
(Image: Daily Record)
Lizzie, from Airdrie, Lanarkshire, who wears a size 12, has been modelling for seven years.
She said: “I model myself and there’s been times where I’ve been booked for a job and end up being cut because all the other models are a bit taller so they’re all a similar size,”
“I understand that that looks better but if there were more smaller, curvier models then I would probably get more work as well.
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“The fashion industry is coming on leaps and bounds from where it used to be but there still needs to be more work done.”
To promote body positivity and urge fashion retailers to cater for voluptuous ladies who are smaller in height after years of being forced to alter her clothing, Lizzie gathered a group of plus size women – all under 5ft 3 – for a luxury photoshoot at Barony Castle Hotel in Peebles.
The women in the shoot were all under 5ft 3ins and different sizes
(Image: Daily Record)
With her mum Caroline helping out, Lizzie and her friends worked their magic in front of George Monaghan’s camera with stunning results.
She then shared the photos in a bid to show other young women that beauty doesn’t depend on size.
“When I see women walking down the street, they’ve often got their trousers or their sleeves rolled up because their clothes just aren’t designed for shorter people,” Lizzie said.
“Some shops have got petite plus size ranges but it’s not always the nicest of clothes.
“I do find it hard to see what clothes would look like on me as all the petite models on my favourite clothing websites are around a size 8 or really tall.
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“I hear from my friends and my mum that they struggle to get nice clothes that fit properly as a lot of the fashion labels don't have a plus size petite range.
“This is something that really needs to be looked at because women come in all shapes and sizes.
The girls in the photoshoot ranged in size from a 12 to a 22 and Lizzie said they thought it “really hard to find any petite clothing at all.”
“I’m very curvy with a big bum and boobs but with a small waist so when I go to buy clothes, I look at the models in the clothes and I look nothing like them.
“They look amazing but they’re all really tall, so I know there’s a lot of other shorter people who feel my pain.”
She added: “I organised a body positivity photoshoot for petite curvy women who are 5ft 3 and under.
“It was just our way of celebrating women and showing them that they too can be confident to wear a nice dress.
“I dragged my mum into the shoot and the dress she had on wasn’t a petite dress and it was supposed to be a midi one but ended up being a maxi on her.
“She had to wear a top underneath because the bust was away down to her waist.
“My dress wasn’t a petite one either, so I had to roll the arms up and had to use boob tape to hold the dress to my shoulders.
“My mum’s quite good at sewing so sometimes if I buy a dress and it’s got straps, she’ll cut them and alter it so that it fits.
“But it would be really nice just to be able to buy something that was designed with shorter, curvy girls in mind.”
Despite the stunning images from the shoot however, social media trolls targeted Lizzie afterwards but she has vowed to never let them get her down.
“Even the beautiful movie stars get abused and called ugly online so I try not to take it personally. People who don’t know you, don’t matter – I try to live by that.”