Would you buy a 'skinny mirror'?
A mirror can be your worst enemy if you have an eating disorder.
In fact, most eating disorder recovery programs use mirror exercises for that very reason – to help patients come to terms with and accept what they actually look like.
The idea makes graphic designer Belinda Jasmine's product line an even more intriguing concept: skinny mirrors.
Lie to me
The Skinny Mirror is just like a regular mirror, but it's designed to make women look thinner than they actually are. The concave glass gives the illusion of a slimmer body, and Jasmine argues that it's cheaper than plastic surgery.
“If we can give you a little extra confidence before you take the world on in the morning, we’ve done our job,” the company writes.
Jasmine herself said that while using her skinny mirror she “stood up taller, felt sexier, and wanted to dress cuter.”
The Skinny Mirrors range from $165 to $675, and the company states that they can shave about 10 pounds off your appearance.
Problematic or not?
Despite the company's good intentions to make women feel better about themselves, the Skinny Mirrors still promote the idea that slender is better.
And as Elizabeth Licata from The Gloss points out, "Can we ever really trust a mirror anyway? All of them seem to be slimming or widening in some way."
Tara Rasmus, assistant beauty editor at Refinery 29, also points out the inherent flaw in Skinny Mirrors: "How real can the positive feelings be, if you know that you're starting every day by lying to yourself? The confidence boost provided from a mirror you know is bogus can't last long."
What do you think? Would you ever buy a skinny mirror?
Source: The Gloss