In a video that's amassed over 70 million views on Facebook, artist Jody Steel used her skills to craft a commentary on body image. By erasing her own form and transforming it into a twisted stomach, Steel depicts the emotional and physical pressures many women feel to look a certain way. Aside from the message, Steel's body art is a tricky illusion—all the more impressive because Steel drew it herself on her own stomach.
After the video—which is simply titled "Body Image"– gained attention, Steel commented on Facebook and explained herself a little more.
For those who've implied that I'm saying you shouldn't still strive for being healthy, that's not true at all. I do still work towards goals, but not towards body image goals that are unrealistic for my body type. I'll never be able to have model long legs or large breasts genetically. But I've set realistic goals for myself and that's the point. I eat food that makes me happy and go to the gym a healthy amount. There's a balance.
In another comment, Steel went into more detail about her relationship with her body.
There have been times I've look in a mirror and wished for a perfect figure. 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!
With all the success the video has had, how could Steel not be pleased with her idea?
Despite the requisite naysayers that come with a viral video, the majority of people have responded to Steel to let her know the video struck a chord with them.
A lot of commenters were simply awed with Steel's artistry.
Given her talent, Steel probably does have really good Halloween costumes.