This Photography Lesson Unveils How Selfies Distort What We Think We Look Like Into Dysmorphia

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We can be our own worst critics. While logically acknowledging that we’re all beautiful in our own way, it’s not always easy to see it and sometimes we get caught up fixating on our flaws and comparing ourselves to others. But what if all that is by no fault of their own and due to the camera lens itself?

Evey Winters, a Trans advocate and writer had enough. She wants everyone to understand that selfies are actually distorting how we see ourselves and it’s becoming such a big problem that it’s pushing people who should feel beautiful to get breast augmentations and change up their whole face just to match a face on a screen that’s lying to them. Here’s what she had to say.

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What Is Dysmorphia?

Evey Winters takes selfie in mirror

Evey Winters / Facebook

Evey Winters / Facebook

By clinical definition, body dysmorphia is a mental health disorder where a person can’t help thinking about their perceived flaws in their appearance. However, usually, that flaw is practically invisible to others and is amplified in that person’s head. The flaws get to their head and make them feel embarrassed and anxious in social situations.

Evey (pictured above) starts off her heartfelt Facebook post candidly: ” I have dysmorphia and recognize that in myself, but even if I didn’t, there’s not a selfie I’ve ever taken that would accurately help me make choices about my face. Mirrors are slightly better only for their minimal distortions.”