Artist Starts Painting on Her Stomach. By the End She’s Made a Powerful Statement on Body Image

March 11, 2016 Updated: March 11, 2016
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Jody Steel’s video posted on March 8 has already amassed over 80 million views—and for good reason.

The artist decided to make a timelapse drawing on her own stomach, to make a statement on body image.

The created absence of space, it’s a really cool effect.
— Kelsey Gordon, commenter

The stunning figure she ends up with is an incisive image of how we think about bodies. 

“There have been times I’ve look in a mirror and wished for a perfect figure,” Steel wrote on Facebook.

Body Image by Jody Steel – A Timelapse DrawingMusic by Kylaido

Posted by Jody Steel on Tuesday, March 8, 2016

 

“No matter how much I went to the gym or how little I ate carbs and sugar, I still didn’t see what I imagined was perfect. Once I realized that naturally, I don’t have a coke bottle figure, or long and thin legs, I began to let go of the pressures I’ve felt to fulfill an image that our society has deemed the pinnacle of beauty. I like to adventure and I love to try new foods—especially if they’re spicy. So let go of your demons and learn to enjoy the things you love in life. You can be healthy and happy. I’ve had this idea for a long time and I’m glad I finally did it!”

Many people praised the video.

“this is great for so many reasons, but I especially appreciate the optical illusion. The created absence of space, it’s a really cool effect,” wrote Kelsey Gordon. “I also appreciate the double meaning. Body image is still such a tough topic in this country. Thanks for sharing your art!”

“You never cease to amaze me with your talent!” added Aubrey Cripe. “This hit home for me, as did your comment about your own struggles with body image. Thank you for sharing!”