College Student Manipulates Her Body in Real Time to Send a Powerful Message About Beauty Ideals

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This is incredible...and so incredibly sad at the same time.

University of Oklahoma student Kelsey Higley created this project, entitled 'Manipulated,' to demonstrate the ever-changing and often unrealistic beauty ideals.

Kelsey used 126 different images to create a stop motion video that takes us on a journey through these different beauty standards. "This looped animation illustrates the effects media and public opinions have on the way we look at ourselves," she wrote on her website.

There are a couple different versions of the 'Manipulated' videos, but Kelsey chose to use herself in one of them as sort of a therapeutic exercise. "I have chosen to use myself in this short to show my own inner conflict with beauty as I battle with the desire to look like someone else and the acceptance of my natural beauty," she explained.

And it sounds like it worked. "It felt very therapeutic editing each photo as my appearance became unrecognizable and less human with every click," she told HelloGiggles. "This project reminds me that these things I categorize as my flaws are what makes me human. And I love that."

We couldn't agree more. That's why our absolute favorite part, and by far the most beautiful part in the video is the very end - when Kelsey goes back to being herself.
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