Superheroes Reverse Photoshopped Into Realistic Body Shapes
I saw a post a while ago, I can't remember where, that analysed the body images of Disney's most loved characters. The heroes that kids fall in love with and are supposed to aspire to be like have the most redeemable personality features. They always see through the bullshit, take the time to understand the people who are shunned by all the other characters and help those who are less fortunate.
The moral is always that kids should grow up to be like these people.
But they always have the most redeemable physical features too.
At least, in the mainstream view: the female leads have tiny waists, curved hips and shiny hair, the males have chiselled jawlines, rippling biceps and perfect torsos.
This sends all sorts of messages - from the weird sexualisation of characters in children's stories to sowing the seeds of body image issues and related mental health issues.
These issues are exaggerated in the case of comic book heroes.
And that's why the people at bulimia.com have "reverse photoshopped" images of popular superheroes into more realistic body shapes. This reminds readers it's the actions of the superheroes and characters that we love which is what makes them the good guys - not their bra busting cleavage or perfectly formed V-shaped torsos.
The way the changes start out quite subtle before getting more and more noticeable is nice. This holds a mirror up to show the way issues like bulimia can grow, but it also reminds us that all body shapes are fine. As long as you're healthy - that's a good body image to have.
The tweaks to these characters definitely makes them more realistic and therefore more relatable. It makes you wonder why it's not used in character development as a matter of course.
Anyway, take it at face value as an interesting piece of art - which it is - or you can also go and take some time to read more about the mental health implications that people struggle with when dealing with life crippling illnesses like bulimia.