Ladies, have you ever wondered what your body really looks like?
A new website allows female visitors to see bodies that share their height and weight, reports Jezebel. My Body Gallery, with its tagline "What Real Women Look Like," is a searchable database of mostly anonymous photographs of women (their faces are usually censored), tagged with information that describes their physical attributes.
Users can search through the gallery by selecting choices from several dropdown menus that include height (from below 4-foot-0 to above 6-foot-6), weight (from below 100 to above 300 pounds), pant size (size zero to 26), and shirt size (XS to 3X). They can also choose from four main body types: the athletic "banana," the chest-heavy "apple," the wide-hipped "pear" and the classic "hourglass."
According to the website, "a recent study found that 95 per cent of non-eating disordered women overestimate the size of their hips by 16 per cent and their waists by 25 per cent, yet the same women were able to correctly estimate the width of a box."
In a world of images that enforce a strict standard of beauty, telling women how they should look, founders of My Body Gallery say they aim to build a site that enables women to see what they really look like. Most women have "spent so many years looking at themselves in mirrors that we can no longer see what's really there," they say, so the site gives women and comparative view of themselves.
Visitors can also browse a section called "My Body Stories" in which participants post personal diary-esque entries about their bodies, along with their photos. Entry titles range from "Fat Girl Posing" to "I will find my body peace," and detail each woman's physical insecurities, as well as their journey toward self-acceptance.
My Body Gallery has just launched, and has put out a call for women to share their photos in order to build its collection. The photo submission process allows participants to block out part of the image to protect their identities.
Tell us: What do you think of this idea? Will you submit your photos?