• Tue, Aug 23 2011

Could You Go For A Year Without Looking In A Mirror?

A few days ago, the story of a PhD student at UCLA who has taken on the challenge of not looking at a mirror all year blew up in the news. The student, Kjerstin Gruys, will also be getting married during that year.

According to Styleist, she got the idea from a story in a book in which nuns swore off seeing flesh, including their own. Her graduate studies also line up with the topic of body image, as her dissertation is about sizing standards in U.S. fashion.

It’s a noble effort, although to be fair, it seems almost impossible to avoid mirrors for a year, even with the best of intentions. Most houses and public restrooms have mirrors over sinks, for instance, so unless you shut your eyes or forewent washing your hands after using the facilities, it’s likely that you’d catch a glimpse.

Even still, it’s more than most people would have the balls to try. To keep it interesting, Gruys will still wear make-up — prior to the beginning of the experiment, she taught herself how to apply basics like foundation and mascara without looking. She’s documenting her year on a blog called Mirror, Mirror…OFF The Wall.

So, what about you? Do you think you could go for a year without looking in a mirror?

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  • http://www.kerrycooks.wordpress.com Kerry

    Completely impossible – there’s no way on earth she’ll succeed, unless she is planning on moving to a convent for a year

  • Eileen

    I love when there’s not a mirror over the sink and you have to make a conscious choice to look at your reflection…so much easier on days when the humidity is awful.

    And yeah, if you took the mirrors away, I’d go without looking at myself. Doubt I’d wear makeup, though; it would just be too confusing and would make me nervous.

  • Raerae

    I would most definitely not be able to do this. I’m much too narcissistic.

  • Steph

    Good luck to her, but that would be so hard for me.

  • Ninargh

    Oh gawd, I’m FAR too vain/self-conscious. I find myself looking into the screen of my phone and obsessively preening my hair when I’m supposed to be choosing a song to listen to.

  • Em

    How does she plan on driving?

  • Leann

    This is so encouraging and an interesting experiment! It is possible, but I couldn’t do it. The point is not to dwell on yourself in the mirror. I imagine seeing other objects in mirrors or herself in a peripheral glance while washing her hands wouldn’t hinder the results. I’m trying this for 3 days.