An incredible video by artist Jody Steel has been taking Facebook by storm for its powerful message. Titled "Body Image," the time-lapse footage shows Jody painting her stomach into a tightly coiled knot, symbolizing the drastic lengths people have gone to achieve an ideal body. Both men and women strive to fit society's unrealistic standards of perfection, but Jody's work discourages people from feeding into the pressure.
The powerful drawing has struck a chord with over 900,000 Facebook users who shared the video within just a week of being posted. It's no surprise that it's nearing 100 million views, as the video has resonated with many users who've experienced body image-issues themsleves. Jody commented in response to the overwhelming support:
There have been times I've look 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!
Watch the video for yourself above.