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Are Comic Book Women With 'Realistic' Bodies The Hero's We Need?

February 26, 2015 2 min read

There has been a lot of debate lately about challenging our perceptions of body and beauty ideals and what some people claim is just 'glorifying' obesity or attempting to 'normalize' being over weight. It's a very tricky argument to step into because just like discussing religion and politics at the dinner table on Christmas Eve, nothing gets people pissed off faster. Yes, comic book heroines are supposed to have powers that are out of this world, but the illustrations of their bodies could definitely be brought down to Earth. A creative team working with Bulimia.com, a website dedicated to providing information and support systems to those struggling with eating disorders, decided to transform covers of comic books depicting popular female -- and male -- characters and give our favorite heroes more realistic bodies. Instead of figures with huge breasts, impossibly small waists and disproportioned thighs, they gave characters like DC Comics' Catwoman and Marvel's Black Widow more practical bodies. The team was inspired by BuzzFeed's edited illustrations of Disney princesses with realistic waistlines. "We didn't intend this project to be a commentary on whether or not comic books send the wrong message about body image," a representative with Bulimia.com told The Huffington Post in an email Tuesday. "Rather, our hope here is to show the extent to which superheroes' body types (as is the case with their super-human abilities) are fictional. Our hope is that when viewers see these superheroes visualized in such a manner that they can identify with, they may feel better about themselves and realize the futility of any comparison between themselves and the fictional universes of Marvel and DC Comics." Check out some of the illustrations, below: Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 3.15.49 PM Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 3.16.03 PM Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 3.16.16 PM Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 3.16.25 PM Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 3.16.50 PM Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 3.17.49 PM Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 3.17.20 PM Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 3.17.00 PM Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 3.17.10 PM Screen Shot 2015-02-26 at 3.17.30 PM What do you think of these newly imagined more "realistic" Super Hero's? H/T: TheHuffingtonPost

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