My Body Gallery allows women to upload and browse other ladies with the same measurements.
Have you ever tried to size up other women and determine if they wear the same size as you? Or if their bodies look the same as you? Many of us do this subconsciously and it doesn't have to be a negative thing. This morning we discovered a new site called My Body Gallery that promotes a positive body image and we're kind of obsessed. Basically you plug in your height, weight, shirt and pant size, and body type to browse ladies with similar stats. You can also upload your image into their database anonymously.
"In a world full of images of how we 'should' look it can get difficult to tell how we DO look," the site says. "Most women have spent so many years looking at themselves in mirrors that we can no longer see what's really there. The My Body Gallery project's goal is to help women objectively see what we look like and come to some acceptance that we are all beautiful."
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Some other interesting stat the site presents:
- 95% of non-eating disordered women overestimate the size of their hips by 16% and their waists by 25%, yet the same women were able to correctly estimate the width of a box.
- Two out of five women and one out of five men would trade three to five years of their life to achieve their weight goals.Wow.
We tried plugging in our measurements and saw a handful of women in our range. It was interesting to see how different ladies carried their weight, where they were more toned, and how they looked both in clothing and stripped down in underwear. It was equally fascinating to see some women with similar fleshy areas or hip-to-waist ratios that aren't so prevalent in the fashion world. We also tried subtracting and gaining 10 pounds to get an idea of what we might look like at different weights.
Our verdict? It should be obvious, but bodies come in literally every shapes and size imaginable and they're all beautiful! As My Body Gallery points out, "the world is not a place of cookie cutters." This site further proves that you should never feel alone or insecure about yours.
Try out My Body Gallery for yourself or upload a photo to their database here.
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