The 20-year-old Indiana University student began her project in January 2014, after realizing how much time and energy she spent worrying about her appearance. Bombarded by airbrushed celebrities and models and receiving hundreds of messages about how to "improve" your body, Garau had had enough.
"Like most women in this country, I don't consider myself beautiful," Garau wrote in a July 19 Lexington Herald-Leader article about her experiment. "I, like many other women, have looked in the mirror and hurled mental insults at what I saw: love handles; weird nose; pale, squinty eyes; thin lips."
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