Size 12 model branded ‘fat’ by trolls hits back with body positivity photoshoot

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A stunning model who was branded "fat" by disgusting online trolls has instigated a body positivity campaign for short, curvy women.

Airdrie model Lizzie Murphy, who wears a size 12 and is 5ft tall, has called for the fashion industry to provide better for shorter, curvy girls who have had to wear ill-fitting clothes for years.

Lizzie, 31, is calling on fashion retailers to cater for curvier ladies who are shorter than the UK average (5ft 3ins) after years of being forced to alter her clothing.

The model addressed how she had been cut from professional photoshoots with fellow models in recent years due to her height, Daily Record report.

Lizzie organised a luxury photoshoot at Barony Castle Hotel in Peebles for a group of plus-size ladies under 5ft 3ins to celebrate and showcase the beauty of women of all body-types and heights.

Drafting in the support of her mum Caroline, Lizzie and her friends posed for George Monaghan’s camera who caught the group’s beauty in a selection of stunning photos.

She has shared the photos in a bid to be an advocate for young women and show 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’y designed for shorter people.

“Some shops have got petite plus size ranges but its 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."

During parts of the UK’s lockdowns, online shopping became the only option to shop for new clothes, a task made more difficult when the models and clothing on retailers websites do not match the body-types and heights of those looking for a new outfit.

But Lizzie wants this to change. "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 shares her message of body positivity and confidence for curvy ladies on Instagram, shared how her height had been a continual hurdle 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.’

Despite the stunning results of the shoot, Lizzie told how social media trolls left negative comments about her and the other girls, but she has vowed to never let them discourage her.

She continued: "But it would be really nice just to be able to buy something that was designed with shorter, curvy girls in mind.

"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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