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Do I Look Fat? by MissShyly Do I Look Fat? by MissShyly
The category choices are bugging me with this one, because it's properly an editorial piece, but I can't find anything like that to put it in. I suppose this will have to do.

This was entirely the brain child of photographer Jeff McLain, who wanted to make a visual commentary on several things, including self-esteem issues and eating disorders. Though I am the model whose face you see, this isn't actually about the fat woman in the mirror. It's about the thin woman who thinks she sees a fat woman in the mirror. Think about it. There's something worthwhile here.

Photography: Jeff McLain [link]
Model: Me
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modisoldi Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2015
Gwyn1702 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
i know which one i would prefer in my arms. The lady in the mirror.
Milo68 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
no way I love the image in the mirror
Forcedlactationlover Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Only to yourself in the mirror. Just do yourself a favour - NEVER act on what you think you see in the mirror. From behind, you look quite slender enough.
WarriorCat071 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No I a am fat I am okay I am fat I look in the morrr ugh its torture and I see my fat okay I m fat look on my page thing then you will believe me
MissShyly Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
I'm the fat girl.
Forcedlactationlover Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It may be your face in the mirror, but your attitude, as expressed in your work, is far more positive, celebratory, and healthy.
RhoswenOCoileain Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Artist
I feel like this every single time I look in the mirror... :3
KyzerKech Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013   General Artist
This is how my old high school friend felt...
I was there to hug her and help her through though... but eventually she just disappeared. I wonder how she's doing now... still thinking this way, or is better? I don't know.
leloops Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012
the path leading to anorexia is paved with mirrors.
Kathalaura Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Hoooooo boy that is truth right there.
Roland-Harrison Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
no your refelection is
Jessgirlie Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
we all felt that way whenever we look at ourselves in the mirror :(
CGLProductions Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012
I don't know if i'm becoming anorexic or not. I did not stopped eating, nor i do the same exercise (well, more than expected, though.) but i'm becoming thinner and i feel fat.

The healthy IMC is between 20 and 25, but mine's 16.

And my belly isn't thin, but my waist and arms are.
My legs aren't thin too.

Well, my belly is not average but my legs are.

And i feel jealous of the other girls of my class. They are thinner. And, again, i feel fat.
WarriorCat071 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No I am the enormously fat person you don't worry your good I am insanely fat look on my page and you will believe me
reban Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
I think you have a problem and need help!
I really hope you'll feel better soon!
KirokenTargeth Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
Something to share! I've been reading comments for a while and it's great that so much people are pensiv. Great work, I like your Helluhraun series too.
invadersorin Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is cool!
Pineapplepieprincess Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Real anorexia phobies...
MellissaLynn Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. What an incredible shot, and it says so much. Is there a woman alive who hasn't felt this way at least once in her life? And maybe some guys too?

:heart: :star: :superman:
LadyTara Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Very clever conceptual image :)
xsweetiex666 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011
wow this really caught me off guard :o
Purple-Ladybug Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
this is an amazing an powerful message.
FryxLeela4eva Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
I get it:

This girl is skinny, but she think's she's fat so she's on those eating disorders to be skinner.
Matreya-chan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"on those eating disorders"? I hope you aren't serious, because you can't just choose to have an eating disorder or not.
EmEtt93 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Student General Artist
Nothing pisses me off more than skinny girls thinking they're fat....
.. they have no. Fucking. Clue... how much it actually hurts...
aqualightniing Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Dude, somtimes they can't control it. Ever heard of anorexia? Eating disorder.
EmEtt93 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Student General Artist
I know, I know. I'm talking about the girls who probably only wants attention.
Standing next to me, I have a right to get pissed if they start whining about their 17 inch stomach.
WarriorCat071 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't want to get attention I don't care about those whiny supermodels they dont know what healthy is they don't know I am the fat one those whiny brats will learn their lesson when they see my fat
Jasminions Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Student Photographer
dang right.
SmileLyubov Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
Ah.. Im skinnier than that girl but I often stay home cause I think Im too fat :(
MogAnarchy Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
This is a great piece. :D
kwikdraw Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Student Writer
Speaking of fat... ;)
6t76t Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Funny, everytime I see myself at the mirror, I look...."flat". But whenever I look at a photo of me including, I LOOK fat. Why?
Nick0706 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Student General Artist
ssjCrash55 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
she is beautiful in the mirror
RowesWay Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
I agree.
mistymcquown Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
i have had this problem since i was in high school....... even now when i go shopping, i end up grabbing jeans that are 8 times too big for me, thinking they are the right size....... every mirror is a trick mirror and it is so nice to see that problem put into a pic!
KelsCookie Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
really good picture

I get this a lot at the moment. Hence me actually typing the word "fat" into the search box :/ I'm 15 -16 in may and I'm 9 stone exactly at 5ft 4.5" in height. people tell me i'm not fat but i keep seeing it in the mirror. I wish I could see what other people see :/
atnates Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought this picture fit exactly the feeling I was trying to convey in my recent post.
Please let me know if you approve of how I have used your art with my latest post.
If you are not happy I will take it down immediately. If you are I would be grateful if I could continue to use your art with my posts like this.


I look forward to hearing from you.
frosty762 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
PreposterousPigit Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011  Student General Artist
This is what I see when I look in the's kinda sad :(
Good Job :D
Miscomunication Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
oh wow!
This is really.... i dunno how to describe it
I guess a lot of people who are too thin see themselves like this
TrishaTheCat Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
i like this pic. it reminds me of my freakin' self.
CaseyCrazed Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amen. That's what I see in my mirror, so I know exactly how you feel.
Reelaya Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
Awesome. Completely awesome. And it exposes the truth. Even I fell victim to this, when I was in high school despite how much weight I had lost I thought I was still fat and constantly wanted to lose more weight, ran, skipped meals or ate as little as possible. I've gained more weight now than ever before and I look back and realize how THIN I was, maybe even too thin, and I thought I was still FAT. And look at me now, I truly AM fat and I can't get fit. It's sad. Advertisement and the media need to lay off.
lovelostandgained Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Student Writer
love the idea
XxForeverJadedxX Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010
I love this piece. It really does show you what someone who has an eating disorder might actually be thinking and might actually think they are seeing in the mirror. Personally, I dont think the "fat" woman in the mirror is that large. I think your just as beautiful as any thin girl might be.

Sorry if that sounded wasnt ment to be. Im a large woman and my hubby has no problem with it. He would actually be disappointed if I was thinner. :)
IlonaBee Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
Absolutely loving it. I seen many documentaries on topics such as eating disorders and this image captures so well what these girls were trying to explain.

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