My Body Gallery: Store My Body Gallery: Women My Body Gallery: Men
Search Image Gallery
Pant Size
Shirt Size
Shape pear shaped apple shaped banana shaped hourglass shaped
Select Sizes & Search Search
Back to NewsOlderNewer
Image Upload Guidelines FAQ

Among the most common questions we get asked is: why was my photo upload rejected?

So we thought we'd put together this FAQ...

(And we'll update this with some picture examples soon!)

Things that will get your uploaded picture rejected:


Exposed nipples:

We appreciate that not all women wear bras, and we are HUGE supporters of projects like Free the Nipple and Bare Reality. However, female nipple exposure is still taboo in many places (especially in America), and so we will reject photos that show female nipples (this applies to nipples showing through sheer lingerie as well). You can use the handy dandy My Body Gallery anomyzation tools to block out nipples, use your own photo-editing software, or just strategically place your hands or some object over the area in question. And yes, we appreciate how incredibly hypocritical this is that can show nipples. We can’t change the world…yet.

Full-frontal nudity:

Sadly, as with female nipples, we abhor the fact that you can walk to your friendly neighborhood art museum and see the female form in all her naked glory, yet similar images on websites are considered inappropriate. Those darned “community standards” affect what we can approve for our website. We’re totally okay with straggly pubes peeking out (although in certain countries this is a problem). For anything more exposed than that, please have some sort of nether-region garment on or strategically place some creative prop to cover anything that might get us an “R” rating. Merely blocking out the genital region with a black blob will, unfortunately, not be sufficient.

Overtly sexualized images:

We are thrilled that many women discover a sexy side to themselves as they get more comfortable in their own skin and like to showcase that sexiness in their user uploads. However, sometimes these images cross a line into, essentially, porn. So please err on the side of “sexy” rather than “sexualized” if you would like to draw out this side of your personality via your pictures. Although it is difficult to dictate what is and is not porn, we do want to keep this a site that people can look at with their pre-teen and teenage children, so think about whether the image you are about to upload might be appropriate for that audience.

Not a wide enough camera angle:

We know how hard it can be to take selfies that show a significant amount of your body in the same frame, but My Body Gallery focuses on “the bigger picture” so to speak with respect to body photography. As such, we request that all uploads show at least 2/3 of the body. Images that stop at the waist will not qualify. A good rule of thumb is that your shoulders and hips should be visible in the photo.

So either have someone else take a picture for you; take a picture of yourself in a full-length or similarly large mirror; use a camera with a remote timer that you can put on a tripod; prop your mobile device up and use a camera-timer app; or otherwise get creative with your picture taking process! Note on our Instagram feed (@mybodygallery), sometimes less than 2/3 of the body is shown because pictures often need to be cropped to fit the square format; in these cases they are always indicated as cropped with a link to the full image on the My Body Gallery website.

More than one person:

If there is more than one person in a picture, it is impossible to tell to whom the stats apply. Although sometimes it’s clear that the other person is of another gender, and thus not the focus of attention, because we may unite the female and male databases into one cross-gender searchable option at some point in the future, we need to reject those images as well. We will make exception for children’s presence, in certain cases where they are not the focus of the image. We will also allow other people if far in the background blending in with the scenery, so to speak. We also make an exception for identical twins who are clearly the same weight/height.

We do allow images that have multiple views of the same body compiled together with editing software into one image. We not allow images in which those compiled images reflect different weights. Please upload different weight images separately.

A image focus not on your body but something else:

We are absolutely fans of My Body Gallery community members showcasing their hobbies, talents, interests, travels, etc. in your user uploads. However, your body should be the central focus of the image. Examples of non-body-focused images that will result in non-approval of your image: you holding up a sign advocating for some particular political cause (focus is on the message of the sign); screenshots from other websites tiled into an image mosaic with yours; clear product placement of some commercial product; etc.

Images that are not yours to upload:

Please don’t upload other people’s images. Because of things like copyright attributions, captions, etc. we can sometimes tell that the images are not yours. And note if we catch you doing this, it is grounds for suspending your account.

Images that are very dark:

Legibility of images is important, so images in which everything is a murky shade of dark gray will not be approved. Pull a lamp over to where you are shooting your images, stand under a streetlight, add flash, etc.

Bodies that are very tiny in comparison to the frame:

If your body takes up less than 1/9 of the frame of the picture (using the standard photographic “rule of thirds”), it is probably too small to be approved as it becomes very difficult for someone to discern the person, especially on mobile phones with their tiny screens. If you don’t know what the “rule of thirds” is, try adding one of the camera apps to your phone that let you add a grid to help you with photographic composition—these grids follow the rule of thirds. Note that you can always crop your photographs smaller to make your body more prominent in the picture; smartphones make this really easy in several ways offering photo zooming and cropping tools, as well as the capacity to just zoom in on an image and take a screen cap to create a new, tighter-focus image.

Submit Your Photos!
Calling All Real Women

The My Body Gallery project needs real Women! We need your help to develop the project and build a collection of photos that will help more women see themselves more clearly. Upload a picture of your full body. Our photo submission process also allows you to block out part of the image to protect your identity, if you wish. Please note that you must be 18 to upload a photo.

Upload Photos
Test your body-image awareness with our quiz! The results might surprise you...
My Body Stories Being Kind To My Body
My weight has fluctuated between 125lbs. and 200lbs. over the last four years. I had an eating disorder (NOS), which took a long time to overcome.  Right now, I am at a happy and healthy 5'7 and 174lbs. I have finally learned how to take care of myself! It's very exciting to finally be at a place where I can (usually) feel at home in my body. There is hope for those of us with EDs, and although I sometimes want to restrict, I've learned that being kind to my body is one of the best services I can do to myself. I currently wear a size M shirt and 10 in pants, and I have an hourglass figure.  
A New Definition of Confidence
Every day of high school I weighed 246 lbs. & today I weigh exactly the same. When I look at these pictures I can’t help but notice that there is a remarkable difference between these two versions of me. It is as noticeable, to me anyway, as the difference in the colors of my hair. Want to know what the difference is? C-o-n-f-i-d-e-n-c-e. Confidence in knowing who I am. Confidence in my abilities as a woman. Confidence in knowing that I am beautiful by MY standards not someone else’s.
View More Submit Story
News MBG, A Woman Owned and Operated Start–Up
In 2010, Odessa Cozzolino had a vision—what if women could band together to produce a crowd-sourced database of images of female bodies unmanipulated by media forces? She wondered: would it be possible to create a safe, online space where women could browse pictures that their peers took of themselves to gain an empowering assessment of the wide variety of bodies out there in the world?
Body Positive Inspirational Memes
At MyBodyGallery, we sometimes get fabulous images uploaded by our community members. These often lend themselves to being paired with inspirational statements. Here's a roundup of some of the ones we've created over the past year. Be inspired to search through our gallery or contribute to our amazing crowdsourced database of images of what real women look like.
View More
what does a woman size 0 look like ?how big is a woman size 0what does a woman size 2 look like ?how big is a woman size 2what does a woman size 4 look like ?how big is a woman size 4what does a woman size 6 look like ?how big is a woman size 6what does a woman size 8 look like ?how big is a woman size 8what does a woman size 10 look like ?how big is a woman size 10what does a woman size 12 look like ?how big is a woman size 12what does a woman size 14 look like ?how big is a woman size 14what does a woman size 16 look like ?how big is a woman size 16what does a woman size 18 look like ?how big is a woman size 18what does a woman size 20 look like ?how big is a woman size 20what does a woman size 22 look like ?how big is a woman size 22what does 110 lbs look like ?what does 120 lbs look like ?what does 130 lbs look like ?what does 140 lbs look like ?what does 150 lbs look like ?what does 160 lbs look like ?what does 170 lbs look like ?what does 180 lbs look like ?what does 190 lbs look like ?what does 200 lbs look like ?what does 210 lbs look like ?what does 220 lbs look like ?what does 230 lbs look like ?what does 240 lbs look like ?what does 250 lbs look like ?what does 260 lbs look like ?what does 270 lbs look like ?what does 280 lbs look like ?what does 290 lbs look like ?what does 300 lbs look like ?what does 310 lbs look like ?what does 320 lbs look like ?what does 330 lbs look like ?what does 340 lbs look like ?what does 350 lbs look like ?what does 360 lbs look like ?what does 370 lbs look like ?what does 380 lbs look like ?what does 390 lbs look like ?what does 400 lbs look like ?