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Mirror Face

Women, photographed through a two-way mirror, reveal what they desire in themselves.

LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE, it was worse when I was a teen, but it still happens when a reflective surface arrests my attention. My eyes go wide. My eyebrows lift; my chin pulls back. I look into my own artificially big eyes and permit the rest of myself not to exist quite so much. I am eyes. This is mirror face.

It’s my mirror face, at least—they vary. Others will settle into their reflection with an inquisitive half-smile, a lifted chin, or softly pursed lips. It is the face you put on for yourself, a performance whose audience is only you, a tribute to the way you want to think you look. The way I want to think I look, apparently, is serious and somewhat surprised. Mirror face

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