To promote self-confidence, the U.K. is banning all changing room mirrors. This action came after a study claimed that over 70 percent of British women didn’t like what they saw when they looked in the mirror.
The U.K. wants to ensure that women feel comfortable and confident when trying on clothes. Their hope is that women will try on clothes and feel beautiful.
It’s certainly understandable what their intentions are but I don’t think this is the best idea. What if women really need to see how something looks on? As women, we know that sometimes it takes 10 or 15 dresses before we find the right one. And let’s not even talk about jeans!
Would you buy an outfit after trying it on, but didn’t see yourself in it?
True enough, changing rooms are like a fun house of mirrors with bright lights. You can look one way in the store, but another way once you get home. Some changing room mirrors even make you look thinner in hope that you’ll buy the items.
So, what happens when you get home to look at yourself in the mirror and hate your outfit? This will likely lead to you hating how your body looks. Now what?
Here in the U.S., ‘smart’ mirrors are popping up in stores. They suggest which jeans you should buy to go with the shirt you just picked out. It snaps a video, so that you can compare the image with other shirts you try on. Not only that but it shows you how the shirt will fit without you having to undress. It seems like a lot of work, but I would be willing to try it.
It’s encouraging to see companies making efforts to address the issues women have about body image and self-esteem. Unfortunately, I believe Americans are too vain to not have changing room mirrors.
Changes in the way we see ourselves has to begin from within. Self-love and self-acceptance begins on the inside so that we can accept who we are on the outside.
B.I.G Girls Need Love, Too (from “Joy Comes in the Morning”)
By Archuleta Chisolm
Super thick girls
Bold and beautiful girls
All of them dancing on the world’s stage
Who am I to tell this tale?
Except that I am a girl
I have B.I.G. dreams, too
Who is she with the world at her feet?
Plagued by the reality of the image she sees
Just to be accepted and free
She knows she was born to be a poet
Not a supermodel
Would rather bask in the muse of Langston Hughes
Than to work a runway
Who is she that is loved and does love?
But still doesn’t think that love is enough
Extra rich girls
Sweet with no preservatives girls
She is you
She is me
All the B.I.G. girls
Believing In God girls
Need love, too