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Amy Pence-Brown, a mother of three, took part in a powerful social experiment focused on self-esteem and self-acceptance. The experiment, very similar to the one done by The Liberators International, involved Amy stripping down to a bikini while standing in the middle of a crowded farmer’s market in downtown Boise, Idaho. With her was a sign encouraging others to draw a heart on her body to support self-acceptance. Brown described the outcome as, “moving and inspirational” and has sparked a conversation concerning self-acceptance. The experiment even has women wondering if they could do the same thing.
Could You Also Strip Down?
Most women would say absolutely not, but why is that? The experiment yielded a positive outcome. Amy was covered in hearts and received encouraging words from passersby. This indicates that society is likely more accepting and supportive of different body types than we may think. People of all ages stopped to draw a heart and support. Unfortunately, many women struggle with body image every day. Although this is just one social experiment, it is very inspiring. It helps others realize that all bodies are different and they are all worthy of acceptance. Everyone should be confident in their own skin.
The Path to Self-Acceptance
Acts of bravery like Amy’s performance is certainly inspiring and brings women one step closer to improving their self-esteem and body image. The path to self-acceptance begins with learning to love the way you are, imperfections and all. No one is perfect! Striving for improvement is fine but being comfortable with the body you have now is the first step. The human body performs amazing functions and processes on a daily basis and should be celebrated. It is also important to embrace what you have and flatter it. Wear clothing that makes you feel good. Everyone can feel confident and beautiful when they highlight their best attributes. Surrounding yourself with positive people is another way body image can be improved. The path to self-acceptance is better with company. Surround yourself with positive individuals that are supportive. The support of others was the standout aspect of Amy’s experience.