A new website called My Body Gallery allows those elusive “real women” to upload photos of their bodies–censoring their faces, of course– for display in an effort to promote a realistic body image.
From the site:
“A recent study found that 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.”
You can search by height, weight, or pants size to pull up photos. And the site is already reaching its “depict real women” goal, according to some sleuthing from NY Mag:
After you upload your photo you can classify your shape as a banana, apple, pear, or hourglass. At the time of publication, no photos came up when we entered typically model-size proportions — 5′ 10″ tall, 120 pounds, “banana,” pant size 2, shirt size XS — in the search fields.
Do you think this site is a good idea?