Mother Stripped Down To Her Bikini
Amy Pence-Brown, an artist and mother of three, was worried people would treat her terribly, or worse, not give her attention at all when she first came up with an idea for a social experiment. However, as a feminist, she knew what the right thing to do was.
On August 29th, she stripped off her clothes and stood in a busy market place, in only a bikini and armed with markers.
Her sign read, “I’m standing for anyone who has struggled with a self-esteem issue like me, because all bodies are valuable. To support self-acceptance, draw a heart on my body.”
It didn’t take long for a crowd to gather. People of all ages, ethnicities, and body types signed her body. Pence-Brown said, “Almost immediately a sense that something extraordinary was happening washed over me.”
People wrote hearts, and how inspired by her they were. Strangers would tell her it was so refreshing to see someone at peace with their body.
Pence-Brown was inspired by an Australian group called the Liberators International, who performed the same type of experiment in London. She was interested to see if she would receive the same reaction, thought the Liberators used a woman who had a more conventionally beautiful body and was half her age. Another battle? Boise isn’t exactly London.
However, it was a huge success. People shared hugs, tears, and friendships were made. Pence-Brown was given flowers and lemonade.
“I feel like I’ve started a body love revolution,” she said.
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