— Body Matters

This mom wore a bikini and a blindfold to send a message about self-love

Last month we brought you the story of  Jae West, a body positivity activist who stripped down to her underwear in London’s Piccadilly Square, tied a blindfold around her eyes, and held up a whiteboard with the following message:

“I’m standing here for anyone who has struggled with an eating disorder or body image issue like me… To support self-acceptance draw a ‘<3′ on my body.”

West held a handful of markers in one hand, and was thrilled to feel the markers leave her hands as dozens of hearts were drawn all over her body.

We were so inspired by this experiment, as was artist Amy Pence-Brown of Boise, Idaho, a self-described “nearly 40-year-old fat feminist mother,” who recently replicated the experiment at Boise’s Capital City Public Market, but put her own twist on the presentation.

“[Jae West] was thin, and white, and young,” Pence-Brown told USA Today. “So what if you were fat, what if you were about forty, and a mom, and what if you were somewhere different, like Boise, Idaho?”

Pence-Brown was also conducting the experiment for a different reason—to show her kids how important it is to stand up for body positivity.

“‘All bodies are good bodies’ is something we say in our house,” Pence-Brown told USA Today.

Pence-Brown’s sign was also a little different. It read:

“I’m standing here for anyone who has struggled with a self-esteem issue like me, because all bodies are valuable. To support self-acceptance, draw a <3 on my body.”

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