Sunday 19 November 2017

Woman poses blindfolded in her underwear at busy market for experiment on body image

Amy Pence-Brown posing in Boise, Idaho
Amy Pence-Brown posing in Boise, Idaho
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

An American woman has gone to radical lengths to spread a message about body confidence.

Amy Pence-Brown, a mother and writer from Idaho, took to Boise's Capital City Public Market and stripped to underwear, blindfolded in the name of body positivity.

She held a sign, reading: “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.”

By the end of her experiment, her body was covered with hearts (she waited only a few seconds before the first well wisher came), with many adding words of encouragement in praise of her bold move.

"‘All bodies are good bodies’ is something we say in our house," she told USA Today.

The 39-year-old wrote a blog post about the experience after, saying her home city had "restored my faith in humanity".

"You blew my mind with your kindness, you saw the beauty in my body and your own.

"You are ready for a body positive revolution, and I’m honored to stand by your side. Take my hand, if you need, and I’ll pull you up.”

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