Can A Skinny Mirror Make You Feel Good If You Know It’s Lying?

Skinny mirror

My grandmother always said that if her house burned down, the one thing she’d rescue was her mirror. It wasn’t particularly valuable, but she thought it made her look taller and thinner, so she was always happy to look in it. She knew she didn’t own the only correct mirror in the entire world and all other mirrors were lying and making her look heavier. She owned a skinny mirror, and she loved it.

On the other hand, an unflattering mirror can make you feel awful. I once bought a gorgeous, ornate gold mirror with curlicues all over it on craigslist. (My taste tends towards Liberace.) When I finally hung it on the wall, however, I was horrified. I looked a couple months pregnant. The mirror bowed in the middle, and consequently expanded the stomach and hips of anyone who looked in it.

I tried to give it away on my building’s “free stuff” table, but it kept getting picked up and then returned.

Everyone’s dealt with an unflattering mirror before. After dealing with her own unflattering mirror, graphic designer Belinda Jasmine decided to go in the other direction and created a line of skinny mirrors. They have concave glass to make a person look slimmer, so he or she will feel better and get a boost of confidence. The Skinny Mirrors range from $165 to $675, but Jasmine says at least that’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 says. Jasmine said that while using her skinny mirror she “stood up taller, felt sexier, and wanted to dress cuter.”

And Jasmine knew the mirror wasn’t giving her an accurate picture, because she’d designed it that way. Admittedly that is sort of like looking at pictures that one has Photoshopped and thinking, “Hey, I look pretty good!” But I’ve actually done that, so I can’t say it’s as ridiculous as it sounds.

And can we ever really trust a mirror anyway? All of them seem to be slimming or widening in some way. Cher Horowitz knew not to trust mirrors, so she took photos of every outfit so she’d know what it really looked like. But it’s not like photos can’t trick us. A quick change in lighting and posture, and a person’s dropped from “before” to “after” in an hour. So maybe seeing a particularly flattering version of oneself first thing in the morning isn’t the worst way to start the day.

Via The Daily Mail/Photo: Facebook/TheSkinnyMirror

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    • anna

      i loved looking in my boss’s mirror until she told me it was a “skinny” mirror. Then I felt fat and short again.

    • Cori

      I have a skinny mirror, it came with the house. I kinda hate it. I’m too used to “mirror me” so photo me is always a surprise. I’d rather just get used to what I really look like.

    • Guest

      I get it though, if you look in a mirror

    • twotrips

      Truth is, a lot of people don’t hold an accurate image of themselves. Most of the time we are our worst critics, and if a mirror can take that little bit of insecurity away so you can feel confident in your outfit, sounds like a winner to me.

    • lafunambulista

      As someone who has been through eating disorder hell and back, mirrors absolutely confound me! When I was in a hospital for ED treatment, we all did an exercise wherein we drew outlines of our bodies, as accurately as possible, on butcher paper. Then we lay down in our outlines and had a partner trace our actual bodies. The differences between our actual and perceived sizes were stunning! Obviously, someone with a severe eating disorder suffers from extreme body dysmorphia, but I believe most people who watch television, read magazines, and spend time trying on standard-sized clothing (pretty much anyone breathing in a vast swath of the world) has more than a ‘touch’ of BD. My experiences in the hospital (and in clothing stores with tearful friends) have led me to doubt every mirror image that comes into view. Which one represents my ‘real’ body, and how do I know my mind isn’t distorting that? It’s like we are all trapped in a(n) (exceedingly UN-fun) fun-house o’ mirrors by our own media-fed minds. I wish I could recommend an easy, all-purpose solution.

    • SoapyD

      I have a “skinny” mirror and love it! When I leave the house to go to work in the morning, my confidence level is always way up because I feel like I look great! The mirror in the bathroom at work is a “fat” mirror, so reality is somewhere inbetween.

    • Cassie

      i have a skinny mirror. it’s awesome, because i look the same everyday, but how i FEEL about how i look varies. if i feel confident, it shows, whether it’s based on an accurate perception or not.