Daisy Lowe On Being Happy With Her Body: 'Being Skinny Just Doesn't Suit Me'

08 January 2013 by

The new issue of Grazia is extra special. If you're anything like us, you're vowing to lose half your body weight and trasnform into Miranda Kerr by February. But, if we're honest, extreme resolutions are not only unrealistic and boring, they can also leave you feeling worse about yourself that you did before. Which is why the new issue is all about championing the happy body - finding the shape and the size YOU are content with.

Our cover girl Daisy Lowe is a great example and in our exclusive interview with Shane Watson, the model tells us how she has railed against the pressures to be an uber-stick-thin model to discover the (let's face it, rather gorgeous) figure she is comfortable with. Wearing a black lace two-piece by Dolce & Gabbana on our shoot, Daisy looks fit, but she’s also soft and rounded, a healthy looking 24-year-old woman whose figure appeals beyond the fashion bubble. Besides modelling for everyone from Chanel to Biba, Vivienne Westwood and Agent Provocateur, in 2011 she appeared topless in Esquire and naked on the cover of Playboy.

‘There have definitely been moments when I have been very upset at some shoot when the clothes didn’t fit, and you feel horrendous about yourself,' she tells us. 'I can sit here and say “I love being curvy” but of course there are pressures to be thinner. Stick you next to a fifteen year old Russian model doing the shows and (she grabs at her bare thighs) these look like thunder thighs!’

Go behind-the-scenes on our exclusive shoot with Daisy below...

For more from Daisy and to see our full Body Happy shoot, pick up the new issue of Grazia - out now


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Martina Steiner (Wed Jan 09 13:14:02 GMT 2013): she looks stunning, and there should be more role models for girls like she is and more photoshoots in magazines with girls of her weight. no cara delevigne and other anorectic looking girls. This girl is in great shape she's thin but not super thin, the healthy thin you achieve with healthy lifestyle, little bit of sport and that's important to teach young girls!
Simon Young (Fri Jan 11 10:58:52 GMT 2013): Oh yeah she's not at all skinny. SHE IS SIZE 8.
Stuart Lodge (Fri Jan 11 11:47:37 GMT 2013): Needs to eat a pie that girl
Stuart Lodge (Fri Jan 11 11:47:40 GMT 2013): with gravy
Kate Murphy (Fri Jan 11 14:00:32 GMT 2013): I love the fact you know women's sizes and how ridiculous this is-u some man Mr Young x
Simon Young (Fri Jan 11 14:28:39 GMT 2013): Right on Sister. This sort of journalism betrays women!! In fact it is so dumb it betrays all of humanity.
Rebecca Stevenson (Fri Jan 11 14:35:54 GMT 2013): uff, if she's curvy, what does that make us normal people who do actually have hips and boobs?
Christine Mcquillan (Fri Jan 11 15:34:53 GMT 2013): what curves?
Ruairi Shell (Fri Jan 11 15:37:52 GMT 2013): yea what curves?
Richard Lohman (Fri Jan 11 17:42:48 GMT 2013): great gal, great mag.
Kate Murphy (Fri Jan 11 20:30:13 GMT 2013): Kate G is a very lucky Lady! Apart from the goonnerisums , you are so cool Simon!It must be your brth date that makes you so!! xx
Paul King (Fri Jan 11 21:15:07 GMT 2013): Stunning.
Iain Hawthorn (Fri Jan 11 21:25:13 GMT 2013): And you are looking at this because...?
Kristina Louise Myers (Fri Jan 11 22:24:41 GMT 2013): Probably because there is a link for this page on the guardian pointing out that describing a size 8 girl as 'curvy' is ridiculous, so a few more people are seeing this page than there usually would be. I would expect the words that portray Daisy Lowe as revolutionary to be more applicable to a size 12 or above model, shame though that these glorifying words aren't being used for a larger lady- maybe one day Grazia, eh? And while I'm having a pop Grazia, have you stopped recycling Kate Middleton and Kate Moss as your cover girls yet? There's another one too but I don't care enough to make my brain think who it is. As soon as you start making your magazine interesting, I might consider glancing in its direction.
Spreadz - Fashion spreads, trends & celebrity style (Sat Jan 12 20:34:33 GMT 2013): In the preview image (right) she looked like a mermaid with that bra top on & the slinky green skirt!
Neil Anderson (Sun Jan 13 11:13:07 GMT 2013): So the really important things in life I should encourage my daughter to do are: 1. Be curvy (size 8), but not fatass obese (size 10). 2. Wear Dolce & Gabbana. 3. Pose naked in Playboy. Got it, thanks Grazia!
Catherine Connolly-Noble (Sun Jan 13 11:40:00 GMT 2013): I think you hit no 1 wrong. It's be curvy (Size 4) but not fatass obese (Size 6)!!!!!
Hannah Supertramp (Mon Jan 14 17:19:21 GMT 2013): I feel like the major arguments in many of these comments are a bit hypocritical. compared to the stereotype of "curvy," no. she doesn't fit the stereotype. she doesn't have a kardashian ass or minaj figure. yes, she is slender, but she doesn't fit the stereotype of "thin." she has rounder hips, fuller bust, and larger thighs than other girls on the main boards of most agencies. what she is saying is that not that she doesn't look like a typical female, rather she doesn't look like a typical ediotrial model; and that's okay. also, instead of arguing who/what should be considered "thin" or "curvy," shouldn't we be lauding daisy lowe for being happy with her body? in a society that markets unattainable "perfection," it's not an easy feat to be comfortable in your own skin.
Angharad Beurle-Williams (Mon Jan 14 20:26:26 GMT 2013): Definite frontrunner for "Most Ridiculous Thing I Will Read in 2013".
Timothy Lee Carpenter (Mon Jan 14 20:33:00 GMT 2013): LARD ARSE
Yolanda Rose Gallegos (Wed Jan 16 01:31:27 GMT 2013): No, she doesn't think she's skinny. That's preposterous.
Claire Chivell (Wed Jan 16 21:43:21 GMT 2013): She is tiny, how ridiculous
Guinevere Flavel (Wed Jan 16 21:54:11 GMT 2013): These articles piss me off too, don't they realise that an article like this Will make people feel worse than just seeing a skeleton on a runway!
Melabo Industries (Wed Jan 16 23:22:27 GMT 2013): Skinny seems to suit her fine.
Hannah Supertramp (Wed Jan 16 23:27:09 GMT 2013): where in that comment did you see me saying that she thinks she's skinny? i didn't. what i said was that though she is not overweight by any means, she is aware she doesn't fit the stereotype of skinny.
Carla Ann Klynsmith (Sun Nov 10 17:08:03 GMT 2013): I could not believe this! so ridiculous! Actually pisses me off.
Lisa Morel (Sun Nov 10 18:01:37 GMT 2013): What about it is making you so mad Mrs K?
Jono Le Feuvre (Mon Nov 11 13:48:21 GMT 2013): yeah, cos it could go either way.
Jono Le Feuvre (Mon Nov 11 13:50:33 GMT 2013): Is it because a skinny girl is getting epic props for being "not skinny"...which I would guess is counter productive to raising women's self-esteem? Or am I way off?