A stunning Airdrie plus size model who was branded "fat" by vicious online trolls has launched a body positivity campaign for short, curvy women.
After years of being forced to alter her clothing, Lizzie Murphy is calling on fashion retails to cater for voluptuous ladies, smaller in height.
The 31-year-old, who wears a size 12, told how she had been cut from professional photoshoots with fellow models in recent years due to being just 5ft tall.
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Hitting back this week, she gathered a group of plus size ladies - all under 5ft 3 - for a luxury photoshoot at Barony Castle Hotel in Peebles to showcase the beauty of all sizes.
Drafting in her mum Caroline for support, Lizzie and her friends worked their magic in front of George Monaghan’s camera with stunning results.
She has shared the photos in a bid to show other young women that you are beautiful no matter your size.
Lizzie explained: “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.
“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.
“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.
“There were girls in the photoshoot who are a size 22 and they were telling me that they find 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 got 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.”
Lizzie, who tries to inspire body confidence for curvy ladies on her Instagram, told how her height has been an issue during her seven year modelling career.
She explained: “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.
“The fashion industry is coming on leaps and bounds from where it used to be but there still needs to be more work done.”
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 results of the shoot, Lizzie told how social media trolls still targeted her afterwards but she has vowed to never let them get her down.
She added: “We did a video of us walking during the shoot and put it on TikTok and it got 54,000 views.
“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.
“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.”
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