Web Spy: My Body Gallery
As women, we face unrealistic images of female beauty in the media every single day. The images of women we see in magazines are airbrushed to perfection — which is why it’s no wonder so many women have skewed perceptions of their own bodies. According to a recent study, 95% of non-eating disordered women overestimated the size of their hips by 16% and their waists by 25% — but those very same women could correctly estimate the width of a box. It’s this skewed perception of our bodies that leads negative body images and even eating disorders.
My Body Gallery aims to change women’s perceptions of their bodies by showing what real women of all shapes and sizes look like. The site is a searchable gallery of pictures of real women, along with their heights, weights and clothing sizes. As the site says, “In a world full of images of how we ‘should’ look it can get difficult to tell how we DO look.” The idea behind My Body Gallery is to objectively show what real women look like, so that women can stop comparing themselves to Photoshopped images of what they think is “normal.”
By viewing real women of all shapes and sizes on My Body Gallery, hopefully women can stop striving for an unattainable “ideal” body, and instead learn to accept their bodies the way that they are — and realize that we are all beautiful.