This Woman Photographed Herself In Public To Prove How Others Look At Her Plus-Sized Body

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In 2010 Morris-Cafiero was taking a number of self-portraits in different tourist spots, including Times Square in New York City. However, one image in particular spurred her on to kick-start a personal project, which would span the next six years of her life. She called it “Wait Watchers.”

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Image: Haley Morris-Cafiero via Daily Mail

Wait Watchers was an unflinching photo series capturing members of the public reacting to Morris-Cafiero’s plus-sized body. The artist traveled around the world with her camera, visiting places such as Peru, Paris, Panama, Berlin and Prague, as she looked to gather a diverse collection of responses.

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“Whatever it is that I’m doing, I want to make sure that it fits the scene, so it’s not like, ‘Of course they’re staring at you because you’re naked in the middle of the street,’” Morris-Cafiero told The Cut of her project in November 2014. “I don’t wear costumes – I’m just wearing what I would wear that day. It’s genuinely me going out in the world, and just taking a moment to take some shots.”

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