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Woman wears bikini in public to teach self-love

Posted at 6:59 PM, Sep 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-10 19:59:36-04

Would you strip down to your swimsuit and stand, blindfolded, in a public area just to have strangers write notes on your body?

That’s what one woman named Amy-Pence Brown did in Boise, Idaho and the end result left her in tears.

Brown was inspired by a similar project conducted in London where a woman stripped down to her underwear to promote self-acceptance, reported NBC affiliate station KFOR. 

“We all agreed it was a powerful performance art piece, and discourse ensued. How would it be received if the woman had been less socially acceptable in appearance, like, fat? And, say, a mom who’s nearly 40-years-old? And in a place that was more conservative and less progressive than London like, say, Boise, Idaho?” she wrote in her blog. 

So, she did. Brown wore only a black bikini and asked those passing by to express their self-acceptance by drawing a heart on her body.

“I was terrified. I was scared that I might get asked to leave by the police or that people would yell terrible things at me or that no one would draw a heart on my body and I’d stand there alone and crying for minutes that felt like hours. Well, none of that came true. Except for the crying part,” she wrote.