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Woman Takes Pictures Of Strangers To Show How They React To Overweight People

Body shaming and fat shaming are the same as bullying, whether it be in person, or online. It is the act of passing negative judgment on someone based only on their physical appearance. Usually, those who seem overweight, underweight, or who don’t suit society’s ideal of “thin and beautiful” are subjected to body shaming. And those who don’t fit the mold aren’t considered acceptable to some.

Haley Morris-Cafiero, a photographer, decided to start a project that would include her capturing photos of herself in really awkward settings. She was unaware that the project would go viral and launch her into the world of celebrity in photography. The experiment, which she called “Wait Watchers,” examined how strangers reacted to overweight people as they passed them by in various public places.

Here are some of the pics in her collection. Scroll down to check them out now. And feel free to share your opinions with us in the comments.

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In 2010, the photographer was shooting a self-portrait in Times Square when she saw a man standing behind her looking at her rather than posing for his own shot. For the photographer, it was clear that he was certainly criticizing her because he did it for a long. Morris-Cafiero continued to describe her want to further examine instances like that by saying, “I’ve heard people make remarks about my weight, but I never thought I’d be able to catch that on video.”

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Source: haleymorriscafiero

In any public area, she felt was intriguing, the lady would set up a tripod-mounted camera and take images of herself engaging in everyday activities like using the phone or eating ice cream. She never dressed up for the event since she didn’t want to draw attention to herself through her attire, and she never did anything to elicit the stares of those that she photographed.

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Following the publishment of the photos, Morris-Cafiero got several comments advising her to start working out, dress more formally, and perhaps even start wearing cosmetics in order to change how others perceive her. This gave her the motivation to continue the series, but this time she made an effort to capture the responses of complete strangers as she carried out the advice she had read online. The reactions of everyone around her remained unchanged despite the woman’s efforts to better herself for them.

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Source: haleymorriscafiero

The photographer, who has battled hypothyroidism and eating issues in the past, asserts that she doesn’t care what other people think of her and that her project isn’t intended to make anyone feel awful. I’m not angry when I do it. It’s a societal experiment, in my opinion. It’s not sensationalism in the ‘gotcha!’ vein. However, it is capturing the picture while turning the stranger’s attention back to them. Really, I believe it to be a barometer of society.

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Source: haleymorriscafiero

Online debate has been sparked by the series since not everyone agrees with the photographer’s assertions. Even if the photos appear to show random people looking at the camera, nobody can say for certain that every glance was mocking or critical. Many internet commentators claim that strangers are not always staring negatively at people; rather, they may have been interested in the camera or anything beyond the frame.

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Source: haleymorriscafiero

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