How I Learned to Love My Body by Not Looking at It for a Year
On Sale: May 2, 2013
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A scholar, fashionista, and bride-to-be spends a year
without mirrors to get a better view of herself, her life,
and what’s really important.
When Kjerstin Gruys became engaged to the love of her life,
she was thrilled—until it came time to shop for a wedding
dress. Having overcome an eating disorder years before,
Gruys found herself struggling to maintain a positive
self-image as her pending nuptials imposed a new set of
impossible beauty standards. She decided to embark on a bold
plan for boosting her self-esteem while refocusing her
attention on the beautiful world around her. A memoir of
discovery, Mirror Mirror Off the Wall charts Gruys’
awakening as she vows to give up mirrors and other
reflective surfaces, relying instead on her friends and her
fiancé to help her gauge both her appearance and her outlook
on life. The result? A renewed focus on what truly matters,
regardless of smeared makeup, crooked eyebrows, or messy hair.
In the honest, witty, self-aware voice that has made her
blog so popular, Gruys explores what it means to be a
feminist in a society where femininity is subject to
destructive ideals of beauty and sex appeal. Having worked
in the fashion industry before becoming a sociologist, Gruys
draws on her frontline expertise to explore the gender
inequities created by society’s obsession with a flawless
female body image. Putting a human face on an important
issue with humorous and poignant scenes from Gruys’ life,
Mirror Mirror off the Wall sparks important conversations
about body image and reclaiming the power to redefine beauty.
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