In the chance you haven’t come across the elusive skinny mirror, let me describe: It’s not so insanely altered that you’re staring at someone who looks nothing like you, but tweaked just slightly so that you can’t help but think, “dang, girl, you look good.” Sounds like the best ever, right? Now, Business Insider has unveiled a company that sells the skinnies to private individuals and stores and is spilling the secret of how it works.
Curved glass is what’s flattering your figure. Regular mirrors have the panes straight up and down, but if they’re curved slightly inward, your figure instantly appears slimmer. Conversely, glass that’s bowed out makes you look bigger (think of the whacky mirrors in fun houses).
The for-sale mirrors are made by The Skinny Mirror and its founder, Belinda Jasmine, says they make your reflection appear about 10 pounds thinner. Belinda started her company selling to individuals who just wanted the mirror in their bedroom (they start at about $165), but has since been fulfilling orders for small boutiques and is currently working on one from a large retail chain.
Seeing a more flattering figure reflected back to you is also likely to make you dig that credit card out faster—a Swedish student studied their effect for her thesis and found that 88% of shoppers who use The Skinny Mirror end up making a purchase, versus 73% who do not.
Do you remember the first time you ever came across a skinny mirror? Mine was in the girl’s bathroom in my Florida high school: I was dancing in the school’s spring production of Chicago and all of us chorus girls would leave our dressing room to go check out how our costumes looked in this one specific bathroom. The extra walk was completely worth it.