Woman's 'tiny waist' freaks out the internet

Since the video was posted to Facebook, it has been shared over 648,000 times. Photo / Facebook, Jody Steel
Since the video was posted to Facebook, it has been shared over 648,000 times. Photo / Facebook, Jody Steel

The internet is full of videos showing us how to get a chiseled six pack or a more contoured waistline. But one clip has resonated more than most.

Artist Jody Steel's latest video has been viewed more than 58 million times in just two days.

Featuring a time lapse of the LA-based artist, Steel creates a bizarre illusion using paint and a black pen that makes her stomach look like a twisted piece of fabric.

Body Image by Jody Steel - A Timelapse DrawingMusic by Kylaido

Posted by Jody Steel on Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Discussing the meaning behind the image, Steel explains that it represents the pressure she has felt to achieve a perfect body.

Since the video was posted to Facebook, it has been shared over 648,000 times.

Comments have flooded in from people sharing their own battles with eating disorders and body image issues and expressing how they hope the image will help others.

It has also sparked debate around body image and what constitutes the "perfect size".

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Cathy Brown wrote: "This is wonderful. It sends a wonderful message on the body image dilemma so many have, including me. But I marveled on [sic] the fact you drew this on yourself."

Emma Pilkington commented: 'This is absolutely fantastic and I really appreciate that the title of the piece is not gendered! The conversation increasingly needs to be more and more inclusive when it comes to issues of body image. Thanks for the fantastic artistic display!"

Another woman shared how she suffered cruel taunts about her tiny frame as she struggled to gain weight to fit in with the general consensus on a healthy body image.

Steel responded to the comments by sharing more of her personal story:

"There have been times I've look [sic] 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!"

- nzherald.co.nz

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