Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall by Kjerstin Gruys
How I Learned to Love My Body by Not Looking at It for a Year

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A scholar and bride-to-be spends a year without mirrors to get a better view of what really matters

When Kjerstin Gruys became engaged, she was thrilled—until it was time to shop for a wedding dress. Having overcome an eating disorder years before, Gruys found herself struggling to maintain a positive self-image; so she decided to refocus her attention. Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall charts Gruys’s awakening as she vows to give up mirrors and other reflective surfaces, relying on friends and her fiancé to help her gauge both her appearance and outlook on life. The result? A renewed focus on what truly matters, regardless of smeared makeup or messy hair. With humorous and poignant scenes from Gruys’ life, Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall sparks important conversations about body image and reclaiming the power to define beauty.

About Kjerstin Gruys

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Kjerstin Gruys has served as a market researcher and merchant in the fashion industry and is now a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at UCLA. Her research focuses on the relationship between gender inequality and beauty standards. She is also a longtime volunteer at About-Face, a San Francisco nonprofit that helps women resist media messages that harm self-esteem.
Published May 2, 2013 by Avery. 321 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help. Non-fiction

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In this brave and inspiring work, Gruys challenges long-held cultural cues about female beauty. After recovering from an eating disorder, the author set out to show—guided by her volunteer work at Abo

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... Imagine not looking in a mirror for a week. Now think about avoiding your
reflection for a year. Kjerstin Gruys did just that. Gruys, a first-time ...

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