The Powerful Reason This Woman Stripped Down to Her Underwear in Public

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Pedestrians at Piccadilly Circus in London got a startling surprise when Jae West walked right out in front of everyone, took off her dress and stood in the middle of the busy intersection - blindfolded - wearing only her underwear.

Inspired by Amanda Palmer's "The Art of Asking," where she stripped naked and let fans draw whatever they wanted on her, Jae came up with her own rendition of the concept, linking self-esteem issues with the vulnerability of nudity. She was also touched by the idea of her body being covered in hearts by strangers, so she went out and made her idea a reality.

"I'm standing for anyone who has struggled with an eating disorder or self-esteem issue like me," the whiteboard she held in front of herself read. "To support self-acceptance, draw a heart on my body."

Jae admits that it wasn't easy at first. "My heart was racing while all the worst case scenarios were going through my head," the Liberators International member wrote on the group's blog. "I was scared that no one was going to draw a love heart on my body and I was going to be left out there in the open in my underwear on show to be ridiculed."

...and then, someone drew the first heart ❤️

"As the minutes passed it felt like hours...All of a sudden I felt one of the pens in my left hand slip out of my grasp. The feeling of the felt pen was on my skin was one of the most overwhelming feelings of relief, gratitude and love that I've ever felt. I just burst into tears," she writes. "I don't know who that first person was but I am so thankful for their contribution. After that first love heart was drawn it felt like others were liberated to follow suit because soon all the pens were leaving my hands at a rapid pace!"

Even the police were touched by the display. Not only did the NOT stop her from doing what she was doing, she says they supported her decision to stand out there and she even gave them a hug of thanks when it was all over with.
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